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What is a Shellac manicure?

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Shellac is a specific brand name from the CND company, and manicures bearing the Shellac name use a special formula called Power Polish, which blends ultraviolet light and regular nail polish. A Shellac manicure is essentially the same as all other gel manicures.

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Like other types of gel manicures, the Shellac version relies on UV light to treat the nails and give the treatment its durability; these varnishes can last up to two weeks. The Shellac manicure produces a less sticky paint; it appears thinner.

People can remove their Shellac treatment by purchasing special wraps from Shellac's manufacturer, CND. These are acetone-based products.

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