(Closed) Shellac Mani issues

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 32
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2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@axeyourmakeupkit: Hmm I’ve had Gelish and the others done and they all turned out pretty much the same. So now it’s definitely down to user error or just my nails!

Post # 33
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2739 posts
Sugar bee

@axeyourmakeupkit:  Hi, I have a question about nails. I see that you have posted about manicures. I bought mine from Ulta,  and it never ever lasts. At most one week, and then it starts lifting up by the sides. It is so infuriating. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. Do you have any tips for me? I follow all the steps that came in my pack and it still doesn’t work. Thanks.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had my first Shellac manicure last Wednesday and I have 0 issues like that. It’s been 9 days and the only thing that looks different from last Wednesday is that my nails grew out a little.

I would call the salon. My guess is that they use an “off” brand of polish, it’s old, or the technician didn’t do their job correctly.

Post # 35
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m going to echo bad prep. I do my own at home and always get bubbles and chips when I’m rushing. In fact, the mani that I did for our engagement pictures has bubbles and chips after a week. I was rushing, unfortunately.

But then I tried to take them off and it was going horribly- my nails were also miserably scratched. I went to another salon to get them fixed up with just regular polish and they did a great job.

How did you try to remove it? I’m willing to bet that you did it wrong if your nails were damaged.

@bRooklynRocks:  That’s the one I use. You’re using coats that are too thick. 

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i got shellac for the wedding and it chipped within the week. Gel nails always last longer (and i think they look better)

I personally wouldn’t go back, but that’s just me. A week would be a long time for the shellac to last on me. I will never go back to shellac!

Post # 38
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@September29:  I would use cotton balls rather than paper towel. I know my salon thinks I’m crazy for using more than a small bit of cotton ball, but I tried that and it just doesn’t work. Are you using pure acetone or just regular polish remover (or acetone free polish remover)? You have to use pure acetone. File off the top coat so the polish isn’t shiny, then dip a cotton ball (maybe half of one) in acetone, wrap the foil around and sit for 10-15 minutes (I usually do 15). The polish should be lifting around the edges if not just come off (sometimes mine does, sometimes it doesn’t). Scrape it off gently with a cuticle stick. Your nails will be rough but they should NOT be scratched and ruined.

Post # 39
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2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If the salon guarantees a certain amount of days then I would complain. It really depends on the brand.

Anywhere I have went guarantees 7-10 days. 

Post # 41
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205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Since it came out, I only do shallac now only because I hate how fast the regular manicure stuff chips. I’ve never had an issue with the shellac bubbling. Mine typicalyl lasts 3-4 weeks without chipping or pealing (granted it starts growing out so if you get a dark color it’s super obvious). Also when you take it off, you have to let it soak for a while, you can’t take it off like you normally woudl with regular poslish. Also it typically doesn’t look too pretty once you first take it off, that’s why the nail salons polish your nail afterwards. 

 

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The way the manicurist applys the gel/shellac definitely matters. I’ve had mixed results with these manicures. I also feel that I can only get 2, maybe 3 in a row before my nails become too weak. I finally found a salon that lets you come back with any issues to be fixed for free no matter how many days have passed – yay!

Post # 43
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900 posts
Busy bee

I love gel manicures! They’ve been life changing for the look and length of my nails!

My favorite is the OPI Gel polish, which in in regular OPI bottles. I’m licensed so I buy everything at the professional supply and do it myself. I find the OPI kind stays very glassy looking for longer. I do my toes, too. I’ve heard OPI is now selling a mini LED light and the gel polish to consumers at places like ULTA.

I know they say it lasts 14 days, but I’m ready to redo my manicure after 7. I don’t like the regrowth. My toes can go for a good 3 weeks and still look decent. I like getting them done at the shop, but it was so expensive to go every week so I sprung for the UV lamp and supplies. Plus, I really prefer the way I do the manicure and definitely my method of removal! I use cotton pieces soaked in acetone covered in little pieces of aluminum foil. If you leave them for a while, the polish slides right off, avoiding damage to the natural nail.

You must buff then prep the nail with 90% isopropyl alcohol, at least. The commercial prep solutions work, but alcohol is really all you need to properly sanitize and dehydrate the nail. Also, I second thin coats.

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I dont know about complaining. But I have been doing my own gel nails for over a year now (gelish brand.) There are so many factors that can go into how the gel wears on your own nails. 

I would try going to a different salon where they use a different brand. Also make sure that they are not soaking your nails before hand like a regular mani, gel needs to be a dry mani or you will have problems. 

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