Most brides pause for a relaxing manicure the day before the Big Day. Then, they spend the following hours stressed that they’ll smudge, chip, or break a nail as they haul boxes of place cards, pack a honeymoon suitcase, or hug loved ones. We’ve been searching for a manicure that’s more robust and can handle all that wedding activity—and perhaps keep us looking polished through the honeymoon. This summer, Creative Nail Design answered the call with a tough new product, Shellac.
This nail product is a hybrid between a gel and a regular polish. Thus far, many women favor this product over a typical gel, which demands a lot of time for application and may damage nails upon removal. Shellac is available in 12 colors and at select salons around the Twin Cities.
I took my nails for a Shellac test drive at Jason Deavalon Salon in Uptown last week, and I’ve been impressed with the polish’s staying power. Now, I’m a fast-typing editor and busy mom of two little girls, so I’m very tough on my hands. It’s not often that you’ll find me with manicured, polished hands. On Day 9, however, I’m happy to report that my Shellac polish still looks presentable and honeymoon-worthy. My French manicure after my own wedding in 2002 lasted just six days, and I scratched it up before then.
Rhonda Hansford, who worked her nail artistry on my hands at Jason Deavalon, reported that Shellac lasts an average of two weeks for most women. Her clients love the fact that their nails are completely dry and impervious when they leave the salon, Hansford says.
The Shellac process took about an hour, roughly the same amount of time as a standard manicure. At Jason Deavalon, Rhonda softened and trimmed my cuticles, and then painted on a bit of protein bond to help the polish stick. She then applied a Shellac Base Coat, two coats of polish, and Shellac Top Coat, instructing me to dry my nails under an ultraviolet light after each step. This “cured” each coat on my nails. I chose a transparent, subtle pink, but brides can pick bolder colors such as red and coral.
The only drawback to Shellac I’ve found is that clients must return to the salon to have a nail technician remove it. Rhonda wraps a product remover around each nail, and the process takes about 30 minutes. Clients pay for this removal service, and many women get another manicure at this point.
If you’re looking for a bridal manicure that’s quick, relatively inexpensive, and guaranteed to look flawless through your Big Day—and perhaps the honeymoon, too—try Shellac. Now if only our beautiful bouquets lasted this long . . .
Shellac manicure, $50. Removal, $25, or removal with manicure, $50. Jason Deavalon Salon, 1517 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-8939, jasondeavalon.com