If you love nail polish and all the versatile color combinations and possibilities, you’ve probably purchased quite a few bottles over the years. Soon, your drawers are overflowing with the latest shades of red, pink, rose gold, coral metallic or crackle polish. Instead, why not book a gel or shellac nail appointment at a nail salon near you and enjoy being pampered, choosing custom nail art designs and letting your creative ideas flow. Most salons offer the latest nail polish brands, and many carry non-toxic, natural and organic options.
Visit Beautster.com and book a nail polish appointment in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary or Toronto. Nail salons are joining Beautster’s unique online marketplace daily, with plans to expand to London Ontario, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Kelowna, Victoria, BC and the rest of Canada.
Sometimes referred to as nail varnish or nail enamel, nail polish is a lacquer that is applied to fingernails and toenails to decorate or protect the nail. Depending on the brand, nail polish contains nitrocellulose, butyl acetate or ethyl acetate. Once applied, nail polish creates a hard, shiny surface. Nail polish can be matte, holographic, nude or even chrome, and comes in every colour imaginable.
Unopened bottles of nail polish can last a very long time, while bottles that have been opened and used typically last about 2 years before it’s time to toss and replace them. Once a bottle of nail polish is opened, some of the ingredients start to evaporate, causing the polish to separate and thicken.
Shellac and gel nail polish sets can last one month or more, while regular nail polish lasts about 1 week if properly taken care of. To extend the life of your nail polish service, apply a thin layer or clear nail polish every 2 days.
A cotton pad dipped in nail polish remover is the most common way to remove nail polish. Gel and shellac nail polish is best removed using acetone and by wrapping each nail in foil to help easily remove the polish without damaging the nail. Forcefully removing nail polish by peeling or pulling it off is never a good idea.
Removing nail polish at a nail salon usually costs between $5 and $10. Especially if your polish is gel or shellac, it’s worth it to let a qualified nail technician remove it for you rather than attempting it at home and damaging your nail bed.
Nail polish lovers might have a hard time deciding which type of polish to try next since there are so many options!
Here are the 10 main types of nail polish:
Nail polish also comes in the form of a spray or powder, and there are non-toxic nail polish brands designed specifically for kids. Hello Kitty is an example of one popular kid's brand that has made nail polish both fun and safe.
Gel and shellac nail polish dries almost instantly once it sets under a UV light, while other types of nail polish are completely dry within 1 to 2 hours. If a base coat and two or more coats of colour plus a topcoat are applied, it will take longer for the nail polish to dry compared to applying just a base coat, one layer of colour and a topcoat. The more layers of nail polish, the longer the dry time.