Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Yes, This Manicure Is 12 Days Old" The New York Times

The New York Times feautered a new nail polish that lasts almost 2 weeks with zero chips. I usually go to Nail Spa so I am definitely going to ask them about it and cant wait until it becomes available here in Dubai. Here is the article:

"MANICURES aren’t known for being everlasting. They chip. They smudge. Sometimes a nail is ruined even before you get home from the salon. Now there is Shellac, a soak-off hybrid between a gel and polish that will make its debut on May 1 in 2,000 salons nationwide. The product — the latest entry in a newish category of soak-off gels — has been five years in the making by Creative Nail Design, or CND. The company mixed one-of-a-kind shades for runway models in the shows by Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu this year.Soak-off gels look like polish but last longer, in part because they are cured onto the nail with an ultraviolet lamp. The gel must be applied and removed by a professional, and the procedures cost more than standard ones. A manicurist paints on a base coat, two color coats and top coat, as she would with regular nail lacquer. But after each coat, the soak-off gel is cured briefly under ultraviolet light, so the client leaves with impeccably dry nails.Removal takes longer, though, and may be tricky to do at home. Removal process: Pads moist with acetone or a specially made remover are placed on the fingernail or toenail and worn for 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the brand. Sometimes, a manicurist has to scrape off crumbs of gel. A predecessor product, hard gels, took too long to remove and involved filing, which damaged nails. But soak-off gels, now available in about half the country’s nail salons, are considered an improvement."

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