Because I'm an MUA, I keep my nails fairly short, but I also really haven't much choice since my nails are so thin and soft- they bend like paper. the only way for me to have truly long nails are enhancements of some sort- whether acrylic, gels, tips, or silk or fiberglass wraps. I've had/done several of these- and without exception they have all created even more problems for the natural nail underneath. after removing my acrylics- it took YEARS for my nails to stop growing out dramatically ridged!
The one thing I do notice is that the gel polish doesn't create the weight on the nail the way other enhancements do, and they retain a flexibility that enhancements and polish cannot. both the weight and the vigorous nail prep before enhancements are what typically lead to the natural nail being compromised, but this is different for each individual.
CND claims that with wear it will improve the health and growth of the natural nail. Truly the harshest aspect of the process- is dehyradting the nail w/ Scrub fresh or other dehyrdator- which usually contain acetone & alcohol- both drying to the skin, as well as soaking for 10 minutes in acetone to remove- again drying to nail plate, epinychium, and surrounding skin. The CND wraps help, but skin is still exposed. It is, however much less harsh than prep for artificial nails, and using the Solor Oil helps re-condition the surrounding skin.
You MUST shake - rather than roll like standard polish, the bottle for at least 20 seconds to make sure gel is mixed well- this does create some air bubbles which must be brushed out- and when completing last nail before curing- let product self level a second or two to ensure a smooth surface.
The soak of time is truly 10 minutes- and it comes off amazingly clean- I was skeptical- and it impressed me A LOT! It means no buffing to remove excess product- and nails were clean, smooth, and ready for the next polish application.
The one note, and it's not a drawback, simply a not to be missed step, is nail prep prior to polish. If it's been awhile since clients last manicure, or the manicure insufficiently removed the cuticle growth- this MUST be addressed prior to polish or small bumps will appear and mar the shiny finish. The first application, therefore may take extra time to ensure the nail is in perfect condition for Shellac application.
They are pricey, at $16 for a 1/4 oz bottle- and I do wish they would increase the bottle size to the standard 1/2 oz for that price!
All, in all, I am very happy with this product and have already booked 5 appointments- if it continues to work this effectively- I am confident I will have many return clients!
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