(Closed) Question about shellac/gel manicures. Wedding in less than one week!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Try shellac/gel for the first time for your wedding day?



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  • Post # 32
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I get my nails done every week.  If i can go for my weekly appointment i will get a traditional manicure, if i cant get to my regular appointment and i need it to last for 2 weeks i will get shellac.

    shellac is much less likely to chip, but as others have mentioned i do feel like i love it on my nails, but not The after effect.  the other important things to consider is that shellac nis dry immediately after it has been cured at the salon. it is very difficult to take off on your own…so if you dont go to the salon regularly you will probably need to stick your hand in a big bowl of acetone to get it off (at a salon they wrap your nails, which is very difficult to do on your own with one hand).

    shellac is not neccesary on your toes…as traditional polish doesnt normally chip on your toes…the only reason to consider it would be because of the instant dry factor, although i have heard that ot doesnt wear as well on your toes…the removing it part would be even more difficult…

    there is a new product that just came out you may want to consider.  It is called CND vinylux.  i have tried it twice (once on nails, once on toes).  It is sorta a combination of shellac and regular polish…only issue is limited color availability.  It is a no chip/ long wearing polish that can be removed at home, with regular polish remover.  seems to address some of the issues i have with both shellac and regular polish.  I will either be using that or shellac on my nails, regular polish on my toes doe my wedding day…

    Post # 33
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I had my nails shellac’d for the first time for my wedding, and I loved it. Looked amazing, stayed on, and I didn’t have to worry about destroying my polish in the first few hours after leaving the salon because it was still tacky (and looked great for most of my 4 week honeymoon).


    That being said, I did find it really hurt my nails, it left them brittle and flaky. But for me it was worth it, because they grow back fine!

    Post # 34
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

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    @ellav:  I wish I knew!  I went to a Chinese-operated place at the mall, the colour I wanted they didn’t have or had some problem with, they could barely speak English and were nattering away at me trying to get me to go with another colour which I eventually capitulated to 😛 (they were all excited about it so I figured it would be OK).  I’m sad I never found out what it actually was because I loved it!

    Post # 35
    4462 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Although I did gel manicures long before my wedding, I also did one for my wedding. My wedding was on a Tuesday and I got it done on Monday. It looked great and it continued to look great for 2 weeks after my wedding. I would always recommend gel manicures. 

    Post # 36
    1508 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would do it immediately before the wedding if you do it, like the day before. Less chance for something to happen =) Shellac is awesome though

    Post # 37
    2203 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @Ms_Pinoy:  ripping shellac off with hot water? Are you nuts? That will ruin your nails. Do you know how to google?


    OP- I highly recommend shellac/gel. Your nails will stay perfect through your honeymoon. If your regular nail place doesn’t have a lot of experience with them, find a place that does.

    Post # 38
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014
    Post # 39
    1879 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think you’re fine doing shellac polish for the first time for your wedding. I just get mine done with that before I go on vacation, because I don’t like having to use acetone to remove my nail polish and usually use acetone-free remover, which doesn’t work with those kinds of polishes. Some people don’t have their nails dried out as badly by acetone as I do. Mine get reaallly dry.

    Post # 40
    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    If you have healthy nails shellac isn’t going to ruin them. I had shellac done in for a wedding I was in back in March and my nails are perfectly fine. The best part about shellac is not having to worry that you will somehow chip or ruin your nails before your big day whereas I always seem to ruin polish within a day of getting them done.

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