(Closed) My first gel/shellac manicure

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
30 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a shellac french manicure a couple of months ago and I was just as impressed as you were with the finish.  It DID seem to last a lot longer than regular nail polish on me – I didn’t get any chips for 5 days and I’m usually lucky to go 24 hours without a chip!  However, when it came off I noticed that the surface scuffing they did to the nails had weakened them and they became flaky and a couple eventually broke.  My sister had hers done too and she found the same thing happened.  Perhaps it was just the technician we used (neither of us had been to that salon before) but I’ve had to keep my nails short since to help them recover.

I’d been planning to get mine done for my wedding but am now thinking of regular acrylic nails.  Anyone else had the same issues or should I maybe try another salon?

Post # 4
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi girls, I got a shellac manicure done last week, and my nails are looking near perfect, I can only see the regrowth and the polish at the very top if my nails is starting to get thin, but I’m super impressed! My technician told me I’d have to go back for her to remove the polish safely, because if you do it yourself, apparently, you take away a layer of nail along with the polish. Did your technician remove it for you? I’ll definitely do it again in a couple of weeks, as I’m going to France (where I’m from) to pick up our rings (from Cartier!!!!!!! So excited), so I want to have nice-looking hands and nails.

I was told that this type of manicure actually stregthen your nails because it protects them. But I’ll have to wait and see!


Post # 5
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had Gel/Shellac nails for my wedding and I regret it so much Frown.  They did last so well, and they looked amazing, but when I finally got them off my once – strong and beautiful nails are ruined.  I have to keep them extra short, because as soon as there’s even a milimeter of length to them they split and flake. I had them done in February, and I’m estimating that the last scrap of ruined nails will be grown out by the end of October. Cry

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It didn’t last well for me. I think I must wash my hands more than the people they tested their product on. The color was beautiful and it did last about a day or two longer than the regular but that’s it.

Edit- my nails looked a little rough when I first took it off but after some more hand washing and lotion the girls looked fine again.

Post # 7
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

I just got my first gel/shellac and LOVE it!  Got a french manicure.  My nails are very thin anyways and will easily bend, but I am worried that it will make my nails even weaker.  This is probably only the second or third time I’ve had my nails done in my life and have never gotten acrylics or anything, so I have NO idea what to expect when this comes off.  I will hope for the best!

Post # 9
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love Shellac manicures! I had one for our wedding and it was great! It lasted about 2 and a half weeks (I think the salt water on our Honeymoon was a bit rough on it). I never had any issues once I had the Shellac removed. I love getting them 🙂

Post # 10
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I love these manicures! They don’t last long for me though. After about a week they peel right off. My nail tech said I have really oily nail beds and that’s why. It’s so worth it though!

Post # 11
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MissBehavin:  acrylics are way worse for your nails, I would suggest not getting them done. You can get the kit to do the shellac manicure at home, so you can control what happens to your nails, or just ask that they not scuff up your nails that way anymore

Post # 12
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I got these for my wedding and had a similar experience. Lasted well but then were a bitch to get off. I just got another gel manicure this past weekend and told the nail tech about my issue with getting them off and he said I did it wrong. 

You CANNOT take this nail polish off with normal remover. He said: 

1) Use acetone (most nail polish remover is non-acetone)

2) soak a cotton ball in the acetone then rip off pieces of it and completely cover the nail with the soaked cotton ball piece. Then wrap your nail in foil. 

3) Do one hand at a time, and wait 5-10 minutes. 

4) When you pull off the foil/cotton ball, the polish should come right with it, with no damage. 


I’ll definitely be trying that method this time around!

Post # 13
2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

If you have the Shellac taken off properly, eg, at a salon, does it still damage your nails? I had acryllics before, which totally ruined them even when properly removed.

Post # 14
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had the Shellac manicure done and it lasted only a few days longer than the regular one. Like PPs have said, it looks really nice when they first do it. I think that is the only reason I’ll get them done for my wedding. I didn’t have any problems when I took the Shellac off, though.

Post # 15
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Gellac and shellac are 2 totally different products. I’ve tried both and have had better results with the shellac. It seems to be less harsh on your fingernails. Altough after 2 weeks; and yes, they really do last that long, your nails are left a lot more dry and brittle then when you first start. After the gellac, my fingernails were like paper they were so thin!

That’s why I switched; and got a bit more educated, on the shellac. It’s just a better product all around. I get my nails done every year before I go to Mexico, and they really do last the entire time; 2 weeks. And that’s in pools, extreme sun and fun.

A great place to find a deal for shellac is Groupon. I just bought a shellac mani-pedi combo for 25 bucks! Groupon Now has great deals all the time under the Beauty/Spa section. I got my deal from the featured deal section, but have done the Now deals several times.

Post # 16
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i LOVEEEE gel manicures. but they do make my nails weaker. i try to wait a bit in between & switch to regular nail polish. i also have th bad habit of peeling it off once they do start to chip 🙁 

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