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“It’s sci­ence,” I hissed con­spir­a­to­ri­ally to the col­league ad­mir­ing my shapely, glossy nails. I needn’t have both­ered whis­per­ing – while for a very short time I may have been ahead of the lat­est man­i­cure trend curve, it proved not long be­fore the masses caught up.

It was when I spied a smaller sub­ur­ban out­fit spruik­ing SNS man­i­cure op­tions on their win­dow menu that I knew the se­cret was out.

SNS stands for Sig­na­ture Nail Sys­tems and my first ex­pe­ri­ence with it was mind-bog­gling and ef­fec­tive.

As an on-off fan of shel­lac nails (at the ex­pense of nail health) SNS stepped up the game im­mea­sur­ably.

Not only is there no UV light in­volved in set­ting SNS, the so­lu­tion used ac­tu­ally works to strengthen your nails with a handy com­bi­na­tion of cal­cium and vi­ta­min E leav­ing you con­tent­edly tap­ping your talons against hard sur­faces for weeks.

As for the sci­ence in­volved? SNS is a brush gel and pow­der sys­tem; the man­i­curist paints the nail be­fore dip­ping it into the lat­ter for the colour. It hard­ens in­stantly and is filed to thin the tips. It’s fast and fab­u­lous.

The speed at which most nails will grow un­der SNS sug­gests a more muted treat­ment like a French pol­ish adds to peak wear­a­bil­ity. I’ve made my SNS bouts ex­tend up to a month with­out chip­ping or crack­ing. THE TREAT­MENT SNS man­i­cure, full set from $45 WHERE Glam­our Nails and Beauty, 4b/14 James Place, Ade­laide, 8231 0031

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