Manicure at Percy & Reed

There is nothing more satisfying than walking out of a salon with well-groomed hands; and there is nothing more depressing than looking down at your nails a few days later to discover a chip – you’ve spent a good hour in the salon and paid good money, yet it looks like you’ve done a sneaky DIY manicure at your desk. So when I heard about a new product called Shellac, I had to find out more.

Nearly five years in development in a state-of-the-art laboratory, Shellac is a hybrid of traditional nail polish and UV gel polish. Unlike soak-off gels, it comes in a polish bottle and unlike traditional polish it dries under a UV lamp, with absolutely no damage to the natural nail in the process. Best of all, it comes off in ten minutes and the finish is the glossiest I’ve come across in all my years of having manicures.

David, who has painted the nails of A-listers from Victoria Beckham to Marina and the Diamonds, applied a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat to my nails. Unlike thick gels, Shellac paints on as thinly as a varnish, sets under a UV lamp and dries instantly, which meant I could wear my shoes to walk out of the salon rather than the usual post-pedicure flip-flops.

To my delight I left the salon with perfectly glossy, smudge and dent-free nails. The whole process took 45 minutes, and out of the 12 colours I chose a gorgeous coral shade to make my nails look fab.

Days later, I am still being showered with compliments. The incredibly shiny finish is eye-catching and the colour is still as vibrant as when it was first applied – for 14 days I have now had perfect nails. Moreover, my nails, which normally split and flake, have grown long and strong underneath the protective shield. What more could a girl ask for?

I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who loves nail polish but is sick to death of it chipping. You will constantly look at your nails and smile; the mirror-finish shine really is out of this world and there is nothing better than siren red nails to make you feel totally womanly.

Percy & Reed
157c Great Portland Street

Tel: 020 7637 4634

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