Who could have imagined that today’s global leader in professional nail care would originate with a chance discovery in a dentist’s office?

That’s where Dr. Stuart Nordstrom, a chemist and practicing dentist, developed the idea for a new nail enhancement product, when a patient remarked that the material used to prepare temporary caps smelled like the material used to sculpt porcelain nails. The result was SolarNail, the industry’s first-ever monomer formulation for light, thin and non-yellowing sculpted nail enhancements.

The invention of SolarNail sparked the inception of CND in 1979 and, not only changed the future of the Nordstrom family, but also the future of the nail industry. Over the years, CND has earned a reputation as the most user-friendly, knowledgeable and well-equipped educational resource in the industry.

The promise CND makes to professionals is grounded in science and performance. At a time when other companies outsourced their research capabilities, CND invested in a custom-built R&D facility. Time and again, the company’s R&D resources have proven their worth, delivering new levels of performance with groundbreaking brands including RETENTION+® Liquid & Powder, BRISA® Gel, SPAPEDICURE®, SPAMANICURE® and SOLAROIL® Nail & Cuticle Conditioner.

In 2010, CND revolutionized the nail industry with the launch of SHELLAC® Brand 14+ Day Nail Color, and has since introduced other trailblazing innovations like VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and RESCUERXX™ Daily Keratin Treatment. Most recently, CND launched the next generation of the 8-patent SHELLAC® Brand system, including the new XPRESS5™ Top Coat and CND® LED Lamp for faster-than-ever service time and high-performance wear.

For years, CND has set the industry standard in nail artistry on the runways and redefined nails as the ultimate fashion accessory. The elite artists of CND’s Design Lab Team continue to inspire Nail Professionals and consumers alike with trend-setting Fashion Week collaborations season after season.

Despite an ever-changing industry landscape, CND has maintained its commitment to the Nail Professional through innovative products, class-leading education and business-building tools. Based in San Diego, California and a star performer in the portfolio of Revlon Professional Brands, CND continues to advance the state of the industry by identifying opportunities to elevate the consumer experience while serving the professional nail community.