Are Shellac Nails Right For You?

At P&H Salon, our customers love our shellac services. In this article, we go over some of the pros and drawbacks of using shellac on your nails.

What is Shellac?

Beautiful woman's nails with beautiful french manicureShellac is a quick, effective gel manicure hybrid that results in smudge-proof, chip-proof, glossy nail colour that lasts weeks. Shellac applies as quickly and easily as nail polish and requires minimal preparation beforehand, making it one of the fastest manicure options available.

Shellac nails are every bit as glossy, gorgeous and stunning as the best acrylic nails. In fact, in terms of thickness, quality and appearance, shellac is essentially a painted-on acrylic nail. Shellac treatments result in beautiful, professional nails that take little time and wreak minimal damage to your nails.

Shellac eliminates much of the damage wrought by traditional manicures by removing the need for sculpting and abrasive tools before application. Customers end up with rich nail colour, little damage and minimal nail loss.

While shellac offers numerous benefits to many people, the treatment isn’t perfect for everyone. There are several factors, both positive and negative, that you must take into consideration before choosing shellac nails.


The Pros

Nail Friendly

Shellac is a simplified type of gel manicure that removes the need for abrasive and damaging preparation procedures. Application is easy, simple and safe. Shellac requires no sculpting, shaping or chemical treatments, which results in improved nail health in the long and short terms.


Shellac nail manicures are generally completed within forty-five minutes. Shellac nails apply, set and dry quickly. In fact, shellac is completely set before you even leave the salon. Because shellac dries so quickly, there’s no need to worry about smudging, chipping or otherwise damaging the finish.

Staying Power

Shellac offers rich, glossy colour that lasts weeks. Because shellac is chip proof, fade-proof and smudge-proof, you benefit from flawless colour for weeks. In fact, you only need to touch up the colour when new nail growth comes in. This ensures your nails look polished, neat and chic every day.


From the easy preparation and short appointment to the lasting colour and flawless finish, shellac offers convenience. Shellac makes it incredibly easy to obtain and maintain beautiful nails no matter your time constraints.


Nail SalonIn order to ensure professional results and a flawless appearance, shellac only sells its proprietary formula to licensed salons and nail artists. This ensures that you get beautiful results and rich, smooth, flawless colour every time.


Shellac’s rich hues, smooth finish and glossy finish are, quite simply, stunning. The unique, mirror-like colour is unbeatable. These quick, simple treatments result in truly flawless nails.


The Drawbacks

You Must Have Healthy Nails

Never use shellac on broken, thin or brittle nails. While shellac is a healthier alternative compared to other manicure options, the treatment still damages nails, especially when it’s removed. If your nails aren’t strong and healthy, you’ll experience additional damage and possibly even pain.


Shellac manicures entail several UV-hardened layers of polish. Thus, removing shellac is difficult. The removal process can damage your nails, too. For the safest and most effective removal, always visit a professional manicurist.


While shellac doesn’t chip, scratch or smudge, it is susceptible to peeling and lifting, especially at the edges of your nails. Go to a reputable salon for treatments and ensure your manicurist leaves no overlay and applies it correctly along the edges of your nails. Keep in mind, however, that shellac nails often start peeling after a few weeks. This necessitates removal or reapplication.

Potential Damage

Due to the UV hardening and tough removal methods, frequent application and removal of shellac nails can result in damage. You may suffer broken nails, brittle nails or peeling nails. Be prepared to allow your nails time to heal between manicures.

Shellac is an ideal treatment for many people. The beauty, ease and lasting power means you’ll have gorgeous nails every time.

Even if shellac isn’t the right option, don’t give up. We offer a range of services, treatments and options for nails. No matter your needs, we’ll ensure you get beautiful nails every time. To learn more or even book an appointment, contact us today.

Holiday Package

This month (December) get a regular manicure and pedicure, as well as a wash and blow dry, all for just $100. Package must be used on the same day and nails can be upgraded to shellac polish for just $20.