Post # 1
The only time I’ve had a professional manicure was for my wedding, and I had shellac. The results were great and lasted a long time, but when I took it off, my nails were ruined. I’ve never messed with my nails much, because of my job, but I just started a new job and it’s looking like I won’t have to use my hands nearly as much as I used to. I’m considering getting regular manicures now, because I’ve always liked pretty nails and I can probably pull it off now. I definitely can’t pull off shellac on a regular basis, but what do you think about gel? What are your experiences? Thanks!
Post # 2
Willow90: i’m pretty sure gel and shellac are the same thing, Shellac is just a brand/type of gel manicure. They shouldn’t ruin your nails if you take it off properly (soak your nails in nail polish remover/wrap a cotton ball with acetone on your nails with foil till the gel soaks off).
From personal experience, normal manicures last two days if I’m lucky, and getting gel manis every two weeks is the only way I can grow my nails out. I do have particularly thin nails though (always have, not because of maincures)
Post # 3
You should not be “pulling off” Shellac OR soak off gels! That will ruin your nails for sure! They need to be soaked off with acetone (for gels, you need to break the seal first by removing the shine from the topcoat). You CAN do this at home, but you need to do it properly! Otherwise go to salon and have it done. There should be no pulling, drilling, or scraping involved (light pushing with a cuticle stick to remove softened polish is okay).
I prefer soak off gels myself, though. They cure with an LED rather than UV lamp, is a bit thicker than Shellac (Shellac is thinner) so add some durability, and I find them a bit kinder to less healthy nails (assuming you remove them properly!). I usually do my own gels at home now, but when I did get them at salon gels lasted a bit longer on me than Shellac.
Post # 4
Gel/ shellac nails are essentially the same thing. Shellac is just a brand.
Also, you need to get it professionally soaked off, never ever rip or peel it off!
Post # 5
Personally I find gel nails last longer but they both cause damage to the nails. If they’re taken off properly (I leave it to the professionals! ) this is minimised but there is definitely some damage done.
Post # 6
Gel polish is just as bad as Shellac for your nails.
Gel fake nails are just as bad as Acrylic for your nails (worse than Shellac).
Apparently SNS is better for your nails as it allows them to breathe more and has a less harsh removal method, but I have never tried them so I can’t comment. http://snsnails.com/
Post # 7
RayKay: I didn’t say “pull it off” in a literal way, I meant that I can “get away with it” at my new job. And I removed my shellac professionally, at a salon, and my nails were still crap afterward. I’m not really educated on all this girly stuff, so I’m just trying to learn my options.
Post # 8
Okay, that’s okay, I am not a very girly girl myself but gel nails are basically the only way I can have anything more than weak and sad nubs for fingernails, lol. Make sure the salon removes them properly, like I said they should not be scraping or drilling it off, some get impatient and rush the process which damages your nails, and make sure you moisturize and use LOTS of cuticle oil while you have Shellac/gel. Cuticle oil is really important, use one with Jojoba oil (better penetrating) like CND Solar Oil or Nubar. Don’t pick or peel!
As I said, I do gels at home, but I do give them a break every now and then too, because whether gel or shellac can be a bit trying on your nails over time, both the wear and the removal. I know some people don’t find this necessary, but I know if I don’t I start having issues with the gel and how it bonds or removes, and so on.
Post # 9
Willow90: I’ve only had a handful of professional manicures but I have fairly weak and pathetic nails and the lady I goes to always makes me pick an OPI gel colour (rather than the CND shellac they also have) as she says that it is gentler and less drying. This certainly gives the impression that there are differences between brands.
Maybe you could just pop in to a nail salon next time you walk past and ask them what ranges they have and if they think there are any differences? The few times I’ve had OPI gel manicures, I haven’t had any bad after effects even with my terribly sad and brittle nails.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for all the replies! I’ve heard about getting a manicure “filled” when the nail starts to grow out. Do you have to use the same color every time you do this, or can you go ahead and change to a different color for all your nails? Sorry, I’m totally a novice!
Post # 11
Fills usually refer to hard gels or acrylics. It is possible to fill gel polish manis (not sure about Shellac though) with the same or a darker colour, but you would need to check with salon if they offer this as I don’t usually see salons do this, and when I do it at home, I only do it once as a quick solution to grow out before removing the next time to avoid too many layers/too much thickness which can lead to lifting and other issues.
You can also throw regular nail polish over a gel mani if you get bored of the colour or want to switch it up for a night. Just remove the regular nail polish with non acetone remover and you will still have a shiny gel mani underneath!
Post # 12
My nail tech actually has said that of the gel brands, Shellac is the least harmful. I’ve never had issues with it (and I did with OPI once), but I’m super paranoid and use lots of Solar Oil and always remove it properly. I also only get it done once every few months.
Post # 13
since the beginning of 2014 i get my nails done every 4 weeks, my nail tech uses pnb gel or shellac depending on color, no problem with nails so far. actually my nails were in a much worse shape after regular polish cos it just didnt seem to stay on them. i think the damage gel manicure does mostly depends on how you apply it and take it off.