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The Pros and Cons of a CND Shellac Manicure ...

By Sue

If you have beautiful fingers and nails, then you may have given thought to getting a CND shellac manicure. But what are the pros and cons of a CND shellac manicure?

Here are three reasons you can use, if you need to justify your desire to undergo a shellacking of your fingernails. Once you know the pros and cons of a CND shellac manicure, you can decide if it's right for you or not.

1 PRO: Long Lasting

Unlike each of the traditional manicures, a shellac manicure lasts for as long as two weeks. After you have invested in this new way to “paint” your nails, you will have little reason to worry much about damaging the decorations on your fingers.

2 PRo: Non-chipping

After getting a CND shellac manicure, you should feel free to perform just about any act. You can even put your ungloved hands in dishwater, without worrying about your nails chipping.

3 Pro: Quick and Speedy

If you have had a traditional manicure, then you know how difficult it becomes to wait for them to dry. Once your fingernails have received a shellacking, you do not have to plan for an extra-long drying time. A shellac manicure dries quickly so you're ready to go in no time.

4 Con: Dangerous Prolonged Exposure

The appliance that is used to cut-down on the drying time exposes the skin on your fingers to UV light. Research has established a link between repeated or long exposure to UV light and the development of skin cancer. If you want, you can use a little SPF on your hands before you sit down in the chair to cut your risk.

5 Con: Not a Big Color Selection

If you like to wear the latest color trend, then you may need to consider an alternative to a shellac manicure. The variety of polishes that can be used for a shellacking pales in comparison to the variety available with a traditional manicure. Keep in mind, too, that you won't be changing your manicure color very often if you go with a shellac version.

6 Con: Polish Changes Can Be Lengthy

You won't need to visit the salon as often with a shellac manicure, but removing the polish does take longer. Expect to spend more time on a polish change than you would with a traditional manicure.

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