Shellac Gel

Hybrid Gel Nail Polishes

While Shellac has become somewhat of an umbrella term for all gel manicures, it is important to distinguish what the word shellac means.

I refer to “Shellac” this means any hybrid gel polish (Remember SHELLAC is a brand and not a product). Creative Nail Design is the company that make the brand “Shellac” and was the first hybrid on the market, which is why people relate to the name “Shellac”. This is why i relate to shellac and not gel polish. The following are brands of hybrids that I use:

  • OPI
  • IBD
  • DND


As simple as it might sound, finding a good nail technician, however, is not very easy. Gel polish is not the cause of your damaged weak, split nails. Its the removal process that has damaged your nails. In terms of damage prevention, be cautious that your nail technician doesn’t cause any unnecessary harm to your nail bed both before and after application. “A correct application will NEVER buff the natural nail!” It isn’t necessary and is key to the success of a true  Shellac application.

If you have had a bad Shellac experience though, don’t despair. A restorative oil provides the most useful of helping hands.  If there has been a bad removal, then SolarOil will be the very best remedy, but there is no need for any damage if a good nail pro applies it and it is removed properly.

The correct LED lamp is also key for a proper cure of the product. For removal, it should be very fast and, most important of all, no tool should be used after the wrap has been removed. If any tool is used to remove any remaining product then there is a very high incidence of damage. This is the most common cause of nail damage – there is no need for this! If any product is still on the nail, then a cotton pad soaked in remover should be used just like polish removal.


Hygiene is crucial in a salon as it involves procedures with sharp tools. An unclean and unhygienic nail salon can trouble you with many health risks. Unsterilised tools and nail equipment that were used by other customers increase the risks of you getting infected. Before choosing a nail tech do a bit of research on how clean they are. You can also call them and enquire about the kind of tools they use and their hygiene policy.


Nails are only a tiny part of your body, but any harm to them can be distressing and even painful. Before you go into the nail salon, make sure that the nail technicians are experienced and qualified. A poorly qualified nail technician can ruin your nails. Also once you have made your choice of the nail salon, pay close attention while the procedure is being done. You can also talk to your nail technician about their experience and find out more.

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