Sunday, January 5, 2014

Doctor's Advice: Shellac Gel Manicures. Are they safe?

First of all, Happy New Year to my readers! 

I recently got a free Shellac manicure from a local salon. I took advantage of their offer during my Christmas break and added a little bit of fun with a cute Chanel add- on. The cost of the service is $30. My frugal self would never shell out such money on a service!

They told me the Shellac mani would last for about 2 weeks- which is accurate. Around the two week mark, my nails grew long enough that you could clearly see a line of demarcation- making me tempted to start peeling it off. They say that you need to dip your finger in acetone to take the polish off, but I was able to peel it off on my own with no added equipment.

Now, although I loved the look of the polish when I initially got it, or maybe I was just excited because I had not had a mani in so long, this is NOT a service that I would recommend. Here is why....

1. They actually use UV light (the same UV light used in tanning beds) to set the polish. UV light = cancer risk. Now I tan very easily, and I noticed when I got back home that my fingers looked slightly tanner. NOT a good look!

2. For some reason, the polish did not dry right on me- when I would take my fingers from under the UV light, the polish would have ridges in it - forcing the nail attendant to start all over - dipping my fingers in acetone, scraping off the polish, and starting from step 1. The whole process took over an hour... who has time for that... Not I!

3. During the step of scraping off the polish- they use metal tools. These metals tooks look verrryyy similar to the equipment used in a dental office or even in the operating room. I began to question how CLEAN are these tools? I know they dip them in cleaner--- but are they realllyyyy that clean. This is something that turned me off to the whole experience.

4. When they scrape off the polish, the tools go beyond your cuticle... a littttle to close for comfort. I am sure people get cuts all the time from these metal tools. This makes you are high risk for infection.

5. The gel is actually BAKED into your top layer of nail. While this may be OK for once in a while, if you are getting it done all the time, the damage is equivalent to multiple dye jobs on your hair, or use of excess heat.

As for me.... from now on I will stick to my regular nail polish!

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