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CND Launches CND Shellac Salon Certification Program

If you’ve read my blogs over the past year or so, you will know that I am a giant fan of CND’s Shellac manicures and pedicures (I actually am sporting one right now). I was hooked after my first manicure lasted for nearly three weeks without a chip, and I’ve pretty much kept my nails Shellac’d ever since. So, I can say that I’ve seen some amazing Shellac applications, as well as some that are not so impressive. So I was excited to see that CND is now taking steps to make sure this service is performed properly. Now, clients across the U.S. will soon be assured that the Shellac services they are being offered have CND’s official seal of approval. The CND Shellac Salon Certification Program will showcase spas and salons that provide quality CND Shellac services.

To earn this coveted certification, spas and salons must prove they precisely follow corporate protocol for every CND Shellac service to clients—from application to removal. Certified spas and salons will be listed in CND’s Salon Locator on, receive CND Shellac certified window signage, and have the opportunity to participate in other business building programs. To be certified, a CND representative will visit the spa or salon and review protocol, as well as educate spa and salon professionals on CND Shellac services. In addition, the spa or salon must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Uses CND Shellac Base Coat, Color Coat, and Top Coat for all CND Shellac services.
  • Uses the Brisa™ or CND UV Lamp for all CND Shellac services.
  • Does not mix or pair CND Shellac with ANY non-CND shellac products such as base coats, top coats, or color coats.
  • Does not file the natural nail surface during application or removal of CND Shellac.
  • Does not soak client’s nails in a bowl of acetone to remove CND Shellac.
  • Performs a manicure using ScrubFresh™ to P.E.P. (Perform the manicure, Eliminate surface contaminants, and Purify the nail plate layers) the natural nail prior to a CND Shellac application.
  • Uses 99% IPA to remove the tacky layer at the end of a CND Shellac service.
  • Uses SolarOil™ to condition the nail and cuticle area.
  • Uses pure acetone and CND Shellac Remover Wraps (or foil and cotton removal method) for removal of CND Shellac.

“The implementation of CND’s Shellac Salon Certification Program will ensure the ultimate experience for clients and will provide a great incentive to nail professionals to provide exemplary Shellac services,” says CND co-founder Jan Arnold.

Those wishing to receive CND Shellac Salon Certification are required to register on the Salon Locator at If you are already registered and have accepted CND’s new terms and conditions, call the CND Hotline to request certification. For more information, call (800) 833-NAIL.

Check Out CND’s Shellac Flash Mob

There are few things in life that make me smile more than a really good flash mob. And when it comes to my nails, there is nothing that makes me smile more than getting a CND Shellac manicure, which, I can attest to, lasts for weeks without chipping or smudging. So, seeing a video of these two things together just brought pure bliss to an otherwise boring Wednesday afternoon. Have a few minutes for a quick pick-me-up? Click here and enjoy.

‘Tis the Season for Shellac

Ever since I received my first Shellac manicure in May, I’ve become a devotee. I adore having a lasting manicure that never chips, smears, or smudges. As such, I faithfully get them done about every three weeks. My colleagues have watched my Shellac fascination grow over the past few months and have wondered about my incessant conversations about it. When CND invited my team to try it out, everyone jumped at the chance. So, this week, we celebrated the season with a Shellac party, and all of the ladies on the team—Heather Mikesell, executive editor; Nanci McArdle, managing editor; Kara Baranski, art director; Nicole Altavilla, associate editor; and Lisa Bruckenstein, sales and marketing coordinator and American Spa blogger—and myself were treated to manicures (check out the results here). I was certainly not surprised when all five of them quickly converted from traditional manicure aficionados to Shellac fanatics. We’re all already perusing the color and layering lists to pick out the perfect shades for our next manicures. Looking to treat yourself to a little holiday fun? Click here to find a Shellac spa or salon near you, and join the ranks of Shellac fanatics.

Designer Jason Wu Partners with CND

Perhaps he is best known for dressing Michelle Obama (who can forget that gorgeous white gown she wore to the inaugural ball?), but Jason Wu has been on the fashion scene for years. A former Narciso Rodriguez intern, Wu launched his eponymous line in 2006 and quickly developed a celebrity following. Now, Wu is partnering up with CND to introduce a limited edition collection of nail colors honoring iconic women. The line will include Miss Wu, a warm gray; Brigitte, a pink shade; Sophia, a mushroom taupe; and Anna Effect, which is to be layered over any of the other colors to add texture. “Every season I play with different ways of using color in my collection, so it was a natural choice to collaborate with CND on a capsule of nail colors that reflects my aesthetics,” says Wu. The limited edition Jason Wu Collection will be available in May 2011, but we bet Michelle Obama can probably get her hands on it sooner than that!

CND Debuts Shellac

I love wearing dark polish on my fingernails. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I’m hammering away on a keyboard every day, a fresh manicure usually has about a two-day lifespan before it starts chipping and looking sloppy. Last week, however, I discovered the perfect, long-lasting solution, thanks to CND’s newest offering—Shellac. I met with company founder, Jan Arnold, who filled me in on this hybrid nail color that was created after five years of development. Shellac lasts, chip-free, for 14 days. It paints on like polish—with a base coast, color, and top coat—and is cured with a UV light, which results in zero drying time. And I can attest to this fact. As soon as my manicurist, Dana D’Andraia from Cactus Salon in East Setauket, NY, applied my Shellac set and I removed my hands from CND’s new UV Lamp, the color had set, and my nails were ready for action sporting Fedora, a fabulous chocolate brown shade. I even dug through my bag for keys, business cards, and my phone, and my manicure remained shiny and chip-free. “Our chemists invented a modern solution to the normal polish inconveniences that frustrate women,” Arnold explained. “Shellac is fret-free and convenient. Women can finally get their time back.” So far, it’s working wonders for me. I’m five days in, and my manicure looks as fresh as it did on day one. And news of Shellac is spreading quickly, with hundreds of spas and salons signing up daily to offer this professional nailcare solution to their clients. Visit for a list, and try it out for yourself. I’m betting you’ll also become a fan.

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