Q&A - Why nail professionals trust CND™ Shellac™

21st Apr 2023

Finding a gel polish system that is safe, reputable, and dependable is crucial for nail professionals and their clients. With the recent BBC report highlighting the potential allergic reactions that can be caused by some gel polish systems, it's more important than ever to choose a brand with integrity and an outstanding reputation. That's why nail professionals trust CND™ Shellac™.

CND™ technicians know they can trust their brand but just in case your clients need extra reassurance, here are some common Q&A’s

Or maybe you’re new here! Hello, welcome! So, we’ll start with the basics… 

Q: What is CND™ Shellac™?
A: CND™ Shellac™ is a patented gel nail polish system that was launched in 2010, after five years of intense research, development, and safety assessment. It's been formulated, researched, and manufactured completely in the USA, and has always set an unparalleled standard in professional safety, education, and care.

Q: Why do nail professionals trust CND™ Shellac™?
A: CND™ has always been research-driven, and they've continued to lead the industry with their ongoing programs of research, development, and safety assessment. They're committed to giving nail professionals and their clients confidence that they are using a proven brand with integrity and an outstanding reputation. CND™ Shellac™ is vegan, formulated without HEMA, and is the industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care.

Q: What is HEMA, and why does everyone want to know if it's in their nail products?
A: HEMA, or hydroxyethyl methacrylate, is an acrylic ingredient that's been known to cause allergic reactions. It's commonly found in gel nail polish systems that are made by third-party manufacturers. CND™ Shellac™ is formulated without HEMA. Bis-HEMA and Di-HEMA are only partial names of the chemicals of two oligomers that are vital to other properties within the CND™ Shellac™ formula. Bis-HEMA and Di-HEMA are entirely different to free-monomeric HEMA (also known as HEMA), which as mentioned before is not added to CND
™ Shellac™. Which makes it a safe choice for both nail professionals and their clients. 

It is worth noting that HEMA isn’t the bad guy here. HEMA has been safely used in nail products for decades under the right guidelines. If HEMA is not used in a product then another adhesion property will have been used in its place to help adhere the product to the natural nail. If you specifically need HEMA free because you or a client has a HEMA allergy, then that would be different circumstances.

Q: Why is the CND™ Shellac™' under 10-minute soak-off removal so important?
A: The full CND™ Shellac™ system is designed to be removed in under 10 minutes without causing any damage to the natural nail. This is extremely important because some removal methods can cause significant damage to the nails, leading to potential long-term problems. CND™'s research and development has ensured that their product can be safely, quickly, and effectively removed without damage.

Q: Why is it important to choose a safe and reputable brand, such as CND™, when getting nail treatments?
A: The recent epidemic of allergic reactions has coincided with the increasing use of private labelled nail products and at-home gel systems. These products are often made by third-party manufacturers using questionable formulations and ingredients, including sensitizers that can lead to negative reactions. By choosing a safe and reputable brand like CND™, you can ensure that you're using a product that's been carefully researched, tested, and formulated to be safe for both you and your clients.

Q: What makes our CND™ Shellac™ education unique?
A: Our very own education platform: Academy², is home to two CND™ Shellac™' education courses. It is top class and ensures that nail professionals are up to date on the latest techniques and best practices. It's an award-winning program that's designed to give nail professionals the skills and knowledge they need to provide exceptional services.

Q: Where can CND™ Shellac™ be purchased?
A: CND™ Shellac™ is available exclusively on or through phone orders on 0333 000 7000. It's important to note that CND™ Shellac™ is only sold through authorized distributors and we are the only distributer in the UK!

All SDS sheets for CND™ Shellac and PLEXIGEL
™ can be found on CND™ customer hub HERE

For extra information on our CND™ PLEXIGEL™ formula, please read our previous blog post HERE

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team by calling 0333 000 7000.

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