(Closed) Can someone explain what a shellac manicure is?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I have been wondering this too. Glad you asked! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s a gel polish which will last up 2 two weeks without chipping. It’s awesome. They do your nails just like a regular mani but in between coats they cure it using a UV lamp. You can’t take off the polish with regular remover at home, you need to soak in pure acetone at the salon.

Try it. One caveat, some people if you get them regularly it can damage your nails I thnk mainly because of how strongly the polish adheres to your nail.   I went a little overboard with them so I am on a break right now. Some people don’t have this problem I think because their nails are really strong to begin with.  My friend has gotten them every 2 weeks for 2 years now without any issues.

IMO, they are great for vacations, weddings, etc so you don’t have to worry about chipping. Just alternate with a regular manicure every so often is my recommendation.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Its a type of polish that doesnt chip because of the way its applied and treated

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It is a special type of polis. And it’slithe best thing ever! Lasted two weeks on mine and other polishes usually chip or peel off after a day!! Also left my nails stronger and healthier!! 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper

Shellac is a particular kind of polish that’s put on your real nails. No fakes or acrylics. Shellac is seriously durable. It’s supposed to last a couple of weeks.

I got it done for my wedding. My nails were indestructable on the day before my wedding and my wedding day. I loved it! I’ll warn you that they didn’t hold up the best on our honeymoon, with all of the chlorine and salt water.

It’s easiest to get them removed at the salon — some will do for free, some charge a few bucks. You can remove them yourself by soaking them in a nail polish remover with a high concentration of acetone, but it’s more difficult and can result in peeling off some of your natural nail, too.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper

I did a French shellac. It was beautiful and so, so strong. Like I said, the ocean and pool on our honeymoon affected mine a bit, but they were absolutely perfect for wedding day!

You can also get colors, or if you want colors on your toes or something. 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s the best thing EVER.

The only thing I find (maybe because I take long really hot showers) is the polish starts to come off just short of 2 weeks before I can get to the salon and I end up just peeling it off and ruining my nails.  So definitely don’t do that lol.

I’m wearing the color ‘romantique’ on my wedding day 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Everything the other ladies has said is correct but let me add, Shellac is a brand name. OPI does gels as well as some others.

It’s kinda like people calling all tissues Kleenex or all soda Coke

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@KYbride86:  you should be fine especially for one time.  My problems only started happening after like 6 months of getting them regularly.  As another poster mentioned, if it starts coming off after a couple of weeks, resist the urge to peel off the polish, this is damaging to your nails. Have the salon take it off, it’s worth it.  It should be free to remove if you go back to the same salon, at least that’s how it is where I go.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

How expensive is this?

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It costs $35 at any salon near me, but I live in NY so everything is obnoxiously expensive :/

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