When you’re planning your wedding, beauty treatments are something you think about. Let’s face it, from the moment you say “Yes to the ring”, people are looking at your ring which means, your hands and nails are on constant display. This is why if you have a professional nail treatment – especially a gel treatment – you should know what you’re getting yourself into.
The fact is, all nail services are NOT created equal! Things like skill level and proper training of the Nail Professional as well as the quality of the products used should be considered. CND Shellac was no exception. CND Shellac Power Polish™ is supposed to be a one-of-a-kind product with easy, non-damaging removal that sets it apart from “me-too” products and gel manicures. When used as directed, it comes off quickly and easily without harming the natural nail – no filing is necessary for application or removal. Did you read that last part? “No filing is necessary for application or removal.” Say what?!? Every single time I had any gel manicure done or removed there was filing going on and that’s exactly what damaged my nails!
What is CND doing about the problem? CND is cracking down on CND Shellac fraud by implementing a CND Shellac Salon Certification Program. This program deploys CND Education Ambassadors to visit salons across the country who registered on cnd.com as Shellac Salons. To be a certified CND Shellac Salon, a CND representative will visit the salon, provide training and review protocol (no mixing systems or filing on the nail…ever!). Salons that meet the criteria will be awarded CND’s seal of approval. Look for the “Certified” window in the entrance to the salon.
“Our CND Shellac Salon Certification Program will ensure the ultimate experience for clients and will provide a great incentive to Nail Professionals to provide exemplary CND Shellac services,” says CND Co-Founder, Jan Arnold.
As an educated consumer, here are some pointers for making sure you receive the REAL CND Shellac:
1) Look for the CND seal of approval on the window of your salon.
2) Ask if the salon uses CND Shellac products.
3) Watch the products that are being used during the service – if you do not see “CND Shellac” on the bottle, it’s not Shellac.
4) During removal, do not allow soaking of nails in a bowl of acetone – request CND Shellac Remover Wraps or cotton and tin foil removal method.
The program is rolling out first in New York, California, Nevada, Colorado, Ohio and Chicago, and will expand across the US in 2012. So when you choose your gel – and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it because you can have it done the week before your wedding and it will still look fresh on your wedding day, make sure you get CND polish and not other brands. Trust me on this one – I did and my nails with one that “looked like and was just like’ and paid the price. I’ll never use anything other than CND.
Disclosure: They have not paid me to post this nor endorse them – I’m just sharing on my own experience.