CND Shellac Information & After Care Advice:




When having your first Shellac treatment you will be provided with the full and in depth consultation to assess your needs and to check for contra-indications.
You will be asked to complete a consultation/ record card which will be referred to on future appointments. All information provided by you will be stored in strict accordance with the data protection act and will never share with any third parties.


Shellac is a chip-resistant, high-shine and 14 day lasting nail polish*. It can be applied on natural nails or on gel nail extensions. However, since Shellac is removed using acetone, it cannot be used on acrylic nail extensions as acrylic product is also broken down by acetone. (Please note that at this time I do not provide a nail extension service)


Please allow 40 minutes per Shellac nail treatment appointment (80 minutes for fingers and toes)



You will need:

100% Acetone

Silver foil (cut in 10cm squares)

Cotton pads

1. Soak a cotton pad in 100% acetone, place directly over your nails and wrapped tightly using the foil. 

2. Leave for 10 minutes for the acetone to dissolve the polish components.

3. Remove the foil (one nail at a time) and gently remove any remianing shellac with a wooden nail stick 

4. Clean over the nail with acetone.

5. Treat each nail and cuticle with CND Solar oil.

Most importantly by following this correct removal procedure your nails will stay perfectly healthy, they can be left nude or are ready for a fresh application of CND Shellac polish.

*For CND Shellac to last 14 days correct aftercare should be followed.



Shellac is pretty indestructible with normal wear and tear, however when doing jobs like household cleaning and gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands or using harsh chemical products you should wear gloves. Doing these things without protection
can mar your Shellac and reduce its longevity.

During your Shellac application the front edge of your nail was covered with each layer of Shellac. The reasons for this is to make the manicure look nice and to avoid the colour shrinking at the free edge during the curing process.
The ‘so called’ seal is expected to wear off the sharp free edge of the natural nail in a few days with normal wear and tear. It is possible to carefully file this free edge every few days to keep the free edge looking perfect. (The lack of a sealed free edge does not cause chipping or peeling if you have filed correctly, always file at a 45 degree angle and with a 240 grit file or preferably even higher)

if something you have done has caused a chip (that cannot be filed away as discussed above) or lifted an edge of your Shellac manicure, please do NOT pick or pull at the area, as this will cause any damage to increase. Please contact me so that I can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary. Please note that repairs are chargeable - £2 per nail.

If you are on holiday please be careful when using sun tan oils or insect repellent solutions as many of these products contain solvent oils which will cause major damage to the Shellac colour coat.

Some of the more delicate Shellac colours can fade somewhat if one is in chlorinated water followed by excessive sun (remember that chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action). Dry your hands and nails after swimming and before sunbathing to minimize any colour fading.

It is recommended that you apply Solar Oil (suitable for shellac) twice a day as it will substantially prolong the life of your Shellac and keep your natural nails and the skin surrounding them healthy, moisturised and flexible. I recommend CND Solar Oil which we retail in 10ml or 3.7ml bottle.

A highly effective new treatment from CND that repairs damaged nails with the power of Keratin protein and moisturizing jojoba oil. With daily use, peeling and white spots are dramatically reduced and nail strength improves. We have 3.7ml bottles available to purchase in our salon.
Incorrect removal at home may damage the surface of your nails which defeats the whole point of the CND Shellac system. I can remove the Shellac using a professional remover and will give you a mini-manicure so that your natural nails will look perfectly groomed, this is chargeable, please see pricelist.

If you would prefer to remove the shellac at home yourself I sell the CND Shellac Removal Tubes, these tubes contain 10 CND Remover Wraps; a 100ml D.Solve acetone solution for safe CND Shellac Removal and a 3.7ml bottle of SolarOil
for rapid hydration.