“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