Paraffin Wax vs. Shellac

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I’m going to write a blog comparing two leading nail products by one manufacturer and what they offer to the client.

Paraffin wax is a blend of paraffin wax and mineral oil, along with color pigments. It is used for dipping your hands or feet in to soften, smooth and moisturize the skin. It can be used on your hands or feet, but I prefer using it on the hands, so you can use the paraffin wax as a massage lotion when you do manicures or pedicures.

Shellac is a combination of resin and alcohol which cures under UV light. There are a number of different colors that you can use to paint over your nails after Shellac has been applied. Shellac is not meant for just manicures and pedicures though, it can also be used on your toes as well.

Paraffin Wax vs. Shellac

The CND Shellac system is a power polish that promises 14-day chip free wear and zero dry time. It is applied like a nail polish, but it is set like a gel under a UV lamp. The benefits to this product:

* Zero dry time

* Superior mirror finish

* Allows nails to breathe (no toxic fumes or chemicals)

* Removes in 10 minutes with acetone

* Daily moisturizing with SolarOil will keep nails healthy and strong underneath

The Paraffin Wax Treatment is a warm wax treatment that moisturizes and softens the skin. It can be used on hands, feet, elbows, and knees to hydrate and leave a smoother texture. The treatment includes shaping/buffing of nails and cuticle work, along with lotion/oil massage. There are several benefits to this service:

* Hydration of your skin which assists in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and other skin imperfections

* A great way to relax after a manicure or pedicure service

Both services are great for those looking for health benefits for their nails as well as an overall great feeling for their hands or feet.

Paraffin Wax vs. Shellac

Shellac is a nail polish that can last longer than standard polishes, but it has its pros and cons. As with any beauty product, this treatment might not be right for you.

What Is Shellac?

Shellac is a nail polish that was first developed by the CND (Creative Nail Design) company. It’s marketed as a hybrid of normal nail polish and gel. It’s similar to gel in that it’s cured under an ultraviolet (UV) light between coats. The big difference is that it comes off with normal nail polish remover rather than soaking in acetone for 15 minutes or more.

You can buy CND Shellac at salons and other beauty supply stores, but there are many other companies making their own versions of “shellac” now, too.

The shellac manicure can last up to 14 days with no chipping or peeling, and the surface feels tough yet flexible just like a gel manicure according to CND. When you have your nails done professionally and the manicure is peeled off, your natural nail will remain intact underneath with no damage to the surface.

There are many different types of manicures and pedicures in the world today. I am here to tell you about two products offered at Nail Tech II, which are Paraffin Wax and Shellac. Both offer great benefits to your hands and feet.

Paraffin Wax:

Paraffin Wax is a type of wax that is used to help soften and hydrate your hands/feet. It is usually heated to 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit and then put on your hands or feet, wrapped in a towel and left there for 5-10 minutes. Then the towel is removed and you dip your hands/feet back in the wax for another layer to be applied. After 3-4 layers, the wax hardens on your skin and you peel it off after it cools down. Paraffin Wax helps relieve arthritis pain, muscle stiffness, eczema, psoriasis, dry cracked skin and so much more! It also can help heal wounds faster because it keeps moisture next to your skin.


Shellac is a gel polish that we apply similar to regular nail polish but with a UV light between each coat that hardens the polish instantly. Shellac can last up to 4 weeks without chipping or fading. When you

Paraffin or Shellac?

I tried shellac manicure a few weeks ago and I was blown away. I’ve been doing nails for over ten years and have tried just about every nail product on the market. Shellac is definitely a must try for any nail enthusiast. In this blog I’ll discuss the differences between paraffin and shellac, as well as which one I like better.

Shellac is a new type of nail polish that is applied to your nails like a normal polish but lasts 3 weeks without chipping. It’s really easy to remove by simply soaking it in acetone. The product has been around for quite some time now but recently has become very popular due to its long-lasting results.

The formula for shellac is made up of two parts: paraffin wax (which gives it its shiny finish) and methyl methacrylate monomer (a chemical used in acrylic nails). The mixture of these ingredients forms what we know today as “shellac.” The process starts with applying one coat of basecoat followed by three coats of colored polish which are cured under UV light between each coat until your desired look is achieved then sealant topcoat finished off with cuticle oil treatment to moisturize your skin around the nail

Paraffin wax refers to the solid wax that you dip your hands in, it is a mineral wax that is made from petroleum. When you dip your hand into the heated wax it softens and hydrates the skin. It also aids in soothing and relaxing the muscles, joints and ligaments of the hands and arms. The benefits are endless including relieving arthritis pain, increases circulation, reduces joint stiffness, helps with eczema and dermatitis, softens corns and calluses and is so much more beneficial than just making your skin look pretty!

Shellac is a gel based product that is applied in the same way as traditional nail polish. It’s natural resin base creates a high gloss finish without the use of harmful chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde or DBP. Shellac nails are cured under a UV light meaning there is zero drying time. Shellac does not chip or peel like traditional gel nails do but instead grows out naturally with your nails. It can last up to 2 weeks on your nails before it needs to be replaced.

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