Post # 1
So I tried a shellac manicure for the first time last friday. After a very long, cold & dry winter my nails have become very dry and brittle and in an effort to grow them out for my wedding in 31/2 weeks, I thought I’d try the shellac to see if it’ll add some strength.
So far so good and I’m really liking the shellac polish. The place I went to guaranteed the polish would not chip for at least 10 days but I’m wondering if anyone familiar with shellac polish thinks I’d likely be able to push that for a bit longer?
My plan is to get the shellac polish two more times:
– One 14 days after the first one, and then
– One final french shellac polish 15 days after the last one (two days before the wedding).
Does anything think this would work okay? Or am I scheduling them too far apart?
Post # 3
They may chip, but since your final one is just before the wedding you should be fine. I have found that my nails are weaker after the polish is removed, just as a heads up.
Post # 4
My shellac lasts 14 days. After 14 days, it still doesn’t chip, I just get tired and want a new color lol. I’m positive I could get 3 weeks out of it!
I also take Biotin daily, and I ALWAYS see the same guy to get my nails done. I’ve had other people do them (at the same salon) and they’ve lasted anywhere from 5-10 days. But the guy I go to now gets them to last FOREVER!
Post # 5
I took mine off after 11 days, only because my nails were growing out & it was bugging me. But I know it would of lasted 2+ weeks. I didn’t have any chipping or any nail breakage. I liked it a lot!
Post # 6
I do my own gel manicures and they last about 2 weeks before I get tired of the color and start itching to get it off and change it out. You could probably go 3 weeks, then have it changed for your wedding.
Post # 7
@Sharebear: for me, my shellac will stay on 3 weeks. usually at 2.5 they start to look nasty (grown out and peeling up at the corners). at 3 weeks it starts seriously peeling up and i have to get it redone. (i got shellac every 3 weeks for 1.5 years, so i’m a bit of a self-taught expert, lol!)
Post # 8
I love Shellac but it does dry out my nails. If your nails are naturally dry, you might find they tend to break a bit more once it comes off. Your every two weeks plan is right on but don’t be too freaked out if your natural nail strength doesn’t increase. Soaking the nails in acetone to loosen the polish is not good for some people’s nails but it is effective in removing the polish.
Hint: Shellac comes off a LOT easier than OPI’s gel polish. Less soaking and scraping means you’ll do less damage to your natural nail. Stick with Shellac!
Post # 9
I don’t think you are scheduling them too far apart at all. I’ve always worn my shellac nails for at least two weeks without a problem.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the advice and commentts. Sounds like I’ll stick with the plan!
Post # 11
It depends on your technician IMO. I get Gellish (similar to Shellac) and I cheated on my normal person and the new technician gave me the worst French mani ever. It literally lasted 24 hours. It was peeling and chipping like crazy. My normal technician is careful to be patient and do thin layers, and I’ve worn her manicures for as long as 2 months. I only had to go back in because they were getting too long for me but not because of chipping/peeling. In fact, I’m wearing my current set (French using Gellish) and it’s been a little over a month with little no chips/peeling, not even at the edge by the cuticle.
Overall, two weeks is fine if your technician is good. You should probably only have problems with growth, but I think you won’t have many issues with chipping/peeling. Actually, since growth is my only problem, that’s why I get French. You really have to stare long and close at my hands to see the line between the Gellish and my natural nail.
I was a chronic nail biter before I got Gellish and I got it for my wedding. I’ve been a devoted Gellish wearer since that time and anyone that looks at my nails can’t believe I was a nail biter. I’ve had good experiences with it, but I know not everyone does.
Post # 12
I’ve worn shellac for years. I always go no longer than 2 weeks between appts because my nails grow fast and they look “grown out” if I go any longer than that.
You could get the shellac 3 or 4 days prior to your wedding and it will be fine. Just throwing that out there so that if your schedule is tight, you can get it out of the way.