Post # 1
For those of you who have had shellace or gel mani/pedi before: Would you NOT recommend doing this for the first time for your wedding?
I have to make my nail appointment for this week…I’m tempted to just go with my regular ole’ mani/pedi routine.
I appreciate your suggestions!
Post # 3
@babycakes24: I’ve been doing shellac for over a year now. It’s the only thing for me from now on! I actually bought the items needed and I do them at home now. I love shellac manicures. I say do it 🙂
Post # 4
If you have healthy, strong nails I would just go with a regular mani/pedi. Both schellac and gel will ruin your nails and take months for them to get back to normal. With that said, I did get gel nails done for my wedding, but my nails are brittle and I didn’t feel like trying to grow them out and take the risk of breaking them. Personal preference.
Post # 5
I like shellac, but I only do it once in awhile since it kind of screws up my nails for awhile after it comes off. It looks great while its on though and lasts awhile.
Post # 6
I did Shellac for the first time for my wedding and had no issues what so ever..
Post # 7
I’m on my second gel manicure trying to get my nails ready for the wedding. I would totally recommend it. I didn’t see any damage to my nails after getting the first gel manicure removed and it does not chip (which is a major plus for me because I chip manicures 5 minutes after getting them). I will definitely be getting one for the wedding.
Post # 8
If done right, shellac should NOT mess up your nails at all. Just make sure that the person doing your nails actually knows what they are doing!
Gell nails get applied and then touched up at each visit and when they come off, can definitely make your nails brittle.
Shellac gets applied and removed each time. When they are removed, the technician should not be scrapping anything off your nails, it should just come off after they wrap your nails for a few minutes with padded foil dipped in the appropriate solution.
I don’t keep my nails up all the time, but I will get shellac nails a few weeks before my wedding to help my nails grow longer and then I’ll have them redone/reapplied about a week before hand.
Personally, if I got a regular manicure, the pain would already be chipping off my nails on the way home from the salon! You wont have this problem with shellac!
Post # 9
@babycakes24: I say go for it! I was doing gel/shellac manicures for the last couple of months, and just recently went back to my natural nails for summer. (I didn’t want to waste the money on my nails when I know I’ll be doing more stuff outdoors and will be much harder on my hands than I normally am.)
I didn’t have a problem with my nails once she removed the gel (she just did this yesterday). My nails actually look pretty decent right now and (oddly enough) seem stronger than they have been in the past.
I love the gel/shellac manicures. I’m really hard on my nails on a regular basis, and they never chipped. I got them done every couple of weeks, and plan to start doing them again starting in September for my cousin’s wedding. I thought mine looked really nice the first time I got them done, so I definitely think you can get one for the first time right before your wedding.
Post # 10
@SkyChick: Hmmm … I always thought gel and shellac were the same thing. I guess I don’t know my nail stuff as well as I thought!
From what you described, I got the shellac manicures (she took the shellac off completely each time I went in after they’d been wrapped). So, @babycakes24:, I would go with shellac!
Post # 11
I like shellac, it typically lasts much longer than regular nail polish. I would say go with shellac, I’m pretty happy with it!
Post # 12
It’s not that big of a deal, just a manicure that stays on longer. I would do it.
Post # 13
I agree with what others have said – I have had a bad gel manicure and a good one. If they know what they’re doing, it shouldn’t hurt your nails. I actually feel like while I have the gel on, it protects my nails from getting chipped. It lasts a whole two weeks (again, if done right) so should be good through your wedding and honeymoon as well! I have it on right now and this is the 14th day – not a single chip! There’s really nothing to be worried about
Post # 14
@babycakes24: I almost never have my nails done, but if I do, it HAS to be a gel manicure! It never chips and lasts almost two weeks. Plus when I’m ready to get rid of it, I just peel the polish off and it’s gone in minutes. I can’t go one day without ruining a regular manicure. lol
I should add that I don’t get fake nails, I have them shape/paint my real nails!
Post # 15
@CherryWaves: i’m a nail tech/manicurist. shellac and gel polish, when applied properly, should not ruin your nails. acrylic and gel nail enhancements will ruin your nails. if you had an experience with gel polish that ruined your nails, they did not apply the polish properly. shellac and gel polish are just like regular polish, just cured under a UV light.
OP, my mother swears by shellac and gel polish now, she loves it. it lasts forever on her, and she’s a nurse who washes her hands 5792 tines every day so, she loves it. i personally change my polish too often to do a longer lasting gel color. i do think that for vacations/special events, shellac and gel polish work really really well. i’ll probably buy the shellac kit when i move home this summer, and do shellac for my toes this summer, and “master” it by the time of our wedding.
Post # 16
I did Shellac once and it didn’t mess up my nails or anything. BUT it actually chipped the next day!! I’m not sure if the lady who did it did a bad job or what, but one nail chipped less than 24 hours later! I had to buy a bottle of similar colored polish and touch up the chip. The other nails were fine until I took it off nearly 2 weeks later.