Shall I Shellac?

Shellac nail polish has been all the rage for a few years now and still going strong down the nail salons.

I still haven’t tried it and feel like I’m probably in that bottom 2% or something like that.

The appeal

Well shellac nails look more natural than acrylics, and the super shiny finish is enviable against everyday polish.

The colour is long lasting and seems more vibrant than a normal nail varnish – never fading or getting dull.

The Doubts

Despite the selling points, a few things are still holding me back.

  1. I don’t like the idea of being stuck with one nail colour and not being able to change it without the rigamarole of having to keep going back to a nail salon for a long winded session.
  2. I just don’t like the sound of anything that requires deliberate exposure to UV rays – the rays we try our hardest to protect ourselves from when out in the sun. Is it just me?
  3. There seem to be quite a few gel polishes on the market that pose as an alternative to shellac, surely one of these must have near enough the same results!
  4. Gel manicure products have been shown to contain cancer causing ingredients (as I think many nail polishes do).
  5. The spread of hepatitis C is a real problem where salons do not sterilise implements properly – implements that have traces of blood on them – though not specificΒ to shellac treatments, this does make me feel a bit wearier about trips to the local nail salon.
  6. I hear its a real pain when your shellac manicure chips or flakes

The whole habit of acrylics and shellac nails, with all their toxic glory has definitely cast a different light on this indulgence – perhaps less toxic Zoya Nail polish and similar Β products are the way to go….😷

43 thoughts on “Shall I Shellac?

  1. Cherryl

    I do wear nail polish but I’ve thrown a lot away recently after becoming a bit more aware of the toxic chemicals. Sally Hansen and Zoya are some of a handful of brands that are supposed to be free from the more harmful chemicals – they’re a bit pricier so I have fewer bottles now.

    I find myself admiring other people’s gel nails, but have decided not to try them myself. Fake nails are also ver bad for nails, even though they allow your nails to grow out, mine are always weaker and end up breaking once I remove them – so I think I’m done with them now.

    Thanks for reading – sorry for the late response x

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