(Closed) Does shellack prevent nails from breaking easily?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

Personally I think Shellac kills my nails. It makes them so weak and brittle I actually stopped getting them because my natural nails were trashed! 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Try cuticle oil and a nail strengthener like Nail Magic. My nails can be quite brittle but I have huge improvements if I stick to the regime.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have been doing at home shellac on my nails for about two years now. My natural nail is very thin and brittle, leading to breakage. 

I do find the shallac helps me to grow longer nails, but I tend to keep them short anyway, as I prefer the look.

My nails are not even one bit damaged from this. The trick is very careful removal, and never, ever peeling the polish off.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

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Jullis:  yes they were but as soon as it was off there would be like a glue substance stuck on them  and they were so thin and awful. Full disclaimer though I just wore it til it all fell off and never got it professionally removed. Even with 100% pure acetone it wouldn’t come off! (Which further destroys your nails)

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

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Olivepepper:  HOW do you get that stuff off your nails without feeling it off? Serious question lol

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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Hodgy527:  I file the top layer off, this is the most important bit! Then I either use acetone on some cotton wool pad, wrap that around each finger and then cover with foil for about 10 mins. You can speed up the process by putting your hands under a warm wheat bag or hot water bottle. Or I use this special gel stuff called Ellonia which you just dab on and it allows easy removal.  🙂

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Jullis:  If acrylic won’t stick on your nails chances are you have oily nail beds. This will still be an issue with shellac. You may need a nail dehydrator. Before buying a kit perhaps do a test run in a salon, no point in investing if your nails will only give you a few days of wear!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Shellac is the brand of the gel .. Essentially sounds like the same thing you currently get at the salon, just a different brand. 

 

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Hodgy527:  soak your nails in acetone and then scrape off! 

 

After two gel manicures, my nails are pretty shot. I’m giving them a break! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

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Olivepepper:  
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ohhsnap:  that’s what good old Google told me and I tried and that stuff would not budge! Oh well. I promised myself I’d never get one again anyway! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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Jullis:  I have used an at home shellac kit for a year now. My natural nail isn’t horrible, it just peels a little (did before I used shellac too). The trick is to prep your nail really well (buff, shine and all of that jazz) and my shellac comes right off when I use the wood dowel provided with some polishes.

I was never able to grow my nails before but now they are long and (still) healthy.   

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

I love gel polish for the longevity but it really dries out and weakens my natural nail no matter how carefully I remove it. I decided to try doing my own gel polish with a few improvisations:

1. Don’t file/scuff up your own natural nail – wipe nail with lint free pad soaked in 99.9% alcohol

2. Apply a regular (not gel) base coat and allow to thoroughly dry

3. Apply gel colour and gel top coat, allowing to cure as usual between coats

With this method I get about two weeks of wear (which is enough for me ’cause by then I’m ready for a change.) Removal seems to be easier and requires less soaaking time – file top layer of gel off and soak in pure acetone.

I’ve also applied regular polish, allowaed it to dry thoroughly then applied gel top coat and cured – I can also get a couple of weeks of wear. I’m a nurse and constantly washing my hands and/or using sanitizer so overall happy with those results.

 

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