AKWA Beauty & Wellness

Wellness voor lichaam en geest

What is Shellac?

Shellac is a breakthrough, patented UV technology that combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. Shellac applies just like a polish - no pots - just a botle and brush. And removal is just 10 minutes! No filing. No drills. The results? 14 day, glorious, high-shine that's truly addictive!

What's the procedure like?

First your nails are filed and your cuticles put back like in a normal manicure. Next, a shellac UV base coat is applied and cured under a UV lamp for 10 seconds. After this your chosen colour is then put on and cured again this time for 2 minutes. This step is then repeated to get the colour looking really pigmented etc. Finally, a UV top coat is put on and again, cured for 2 minutes. After the final curing the nails are a bit sticky so a lint-free cotton wool pad soaked in alocohol is then swiped over the nails. From that point on you have 100% dry and hard nails! No waiting around for ages for them to dry, no smudges, no snags!  

How is it removed?

The removal is so easy (and a lot more convenient than having acrylics or other gels etc). You simply wrap your nail in one of the nail wraps for ten minutes and then the colour is gently slid with an organge stick.

How long does it last?

2 weeks but many go much longer than this. Some ladies even have it on for up to 4 weeks. 

How much does it cost? 

At Akwa we charge 45€. So it is cheaper than acrylic nails with a lot less hassle. 

Is it good for your nails?

Absolutely, it's no different to applying normal nail varnish in that respect. A base coat is used to protect the natural nail and no drills or excessive filing is needed leaving your natural nails to grow naturally underneath untraumatised! This treatment is brilliant for those wanting to give up nail biting and give their nails a bit of strength.

Any downsides?

The product itself is brilliant but I have to say the colour range isn't fantastic. As you can see from the picture there tend to be mainly reds, pinks, burgendys and a few pale colours (french is also available). I'd like to see them bring out some different shades so maybe a few more purples and then some really wild colours like aqua, turquoise, orange, coral etc. I just think they need to brighten up the colour choice available.

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