Beauty Rituals’ CND Shellac Aftercare Instructions



You will LOVE your nails while you are wearing CND Shellac and I expect your nails to last for at least 14 days as long as you give them good care and attention during that time.


This means you should protect your nails by wearing gloves when doing jobs like household cleaning and gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands or using harsh chemical products. Performing these tasks without protection can ruin your Shellac service and reduce its longevity.


You will notice during the application process that the technician coated the free edge of the nail with each layer of Shellac. The reasons for this is to improve the look of the manicure, to avoid the colour shrinking at the free edge during the curing process and to reduce lifting of the Shellac. The ‘so called’ seal is expected to wear off the sharp free edge of the natural nail in a few days with normal wear and tear.


It is possible to carefully file this free edge every few days to keep the free edge looking perfect. (The lack of a sealed free edge does not cause chipping or peeling if you have filed correctly, always file at a 45o angle and with a 240 grit file or preferably even higher) If you do happen to cause some damage to the CND Shellac (that cannot be filed away as discussed above) or lifted an edge of your Shellac manicure, please do NOT pick or pull at the area, as this will cause any damage to increase.


Please contact us so that we can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary. Please note that repairs may be chargeable.




 If you are on holiday, please be careful when using sun tan oils or insect repellent solutions as many of these products contain solvent oils which will cause major damage to the Shellac colour coat. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using any of the above and ensure your nails have been wiped clean of product.




Some of the more delicate Shellac colours can fade somewhat if one is in chlorinated water followed by excessive sun (remember that chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action). Dry your hands and nails after swimming and before sunbathing to minimise any colour fading.




Whilst it is important to keep our skin supple and protected, some lotions incl. hand creams, fake tan etc can cause damage to your Shellac nails due to the chemicals in them. So it’s advisable to wash your hands after each use.




Please use CND Solar Oil (which is designed to be used with Shellac) at least twice a day (especially at night before going to bed) to replace lost moisture to your skin and nails.

 Also beneficial is the use of CND Cuticle Eraser to maintain healthy skin surrounding the nails and prevent hangnails. Maintaining this aftercare regularly will substantially prolong the life of your Shellac manicure and keep your natural nails and the skin surrounding them healthy, moisturised and flexible. Both products can be purchased via Beauty Ritual




If you wish to temporarily change the colour of your nails whilst wearing Shellac you can use nail varnish over the Shellac but please be sure to use an Acetone Free Remover if removing nail polish between appointments. (Please note however that the ‘mirror shine’ Shellac finish may be slightly compromised by using nail varnish remover even if it is acetone free!)




 Incorrect removal at home may damage the surface of your nails which defeats the whole point of the Shellac system. I will be able to remove Shellac using a professional remover for free when booked in for another service and if originally applied by Beauty Ritual. CND Removal Kits are able to buy via Beauty Ritual for you to safely remove your Shellac at home.