Post # 1
I just wanted to let all the other bees know that I LOVE SHELLAC MANICURES!!!!!!!!
I got my second one tonight ( I got the first one in like April ) and I love, love, LOVE it!!!
Seriously, there is no reason to get acrylic/gel unless you want to specifically add length. The first time I got a french manicure. I just think it’s a classic and professional look. No joke, 4 weeks after getting it my nails looked perfectly shiny, only they were getting WAY grown out. I mean, shiny like the day they were done! The nail lady said most of her customers come back every 2 or 3 weeks to get it re-done, but since I’m saving for our wedding I was pushing it as far as I could go. I decided not to get it done after the 4 weeks to save additional money ( but I REALLY wanted to!!! ). I just went again today because I have a party tomorrow and we’re going to Pittsburgh next week.
Every single time I paint my nails with regular nail polish, no matter if I use base coat and top coat, the nailpolish chips the very next day like clockwork. It’s ridiculous!
Soooooo, needless to say, I”m getting this done the week before my wedding.
I HIGHLY suggest you ladies go for a trial Shellac manicure before your wedding because 1. It’s not damaging to your natural nails like the Asian places and 2. It really looks like you JUST got your nails done even 3 weeks later.
Check it out!!!
Unfortunately I can’t upload a pic 🙁 I”m on my son’s computer and it won’t recognize my memory card! GRR!!!
Post # 3
I’m getting one for the wedding! I’ve had regular manicures on my real nails, but the polish never lasts. My real nails grow well and don’t chip, so I hate damaging them with fakes that never look right anyway. I didn’t think anyone around here does Shellac, but the spa where I had my hair trial offers it so I am getting it. I am getting it done on Wednesday, and our tent should arrive for set up Thursday. I’m going to be working a lot over Thursday and Friday so that will be a real test! We’ll see what happens, and if something goes drastically awry, I will get it touched up while my BMs get their hair done that morning!
Post # 4
I LOVE Shellac manicures. I have had several and I will definatly be getting one for the wedding. They LAST!!! My nails don’t chip, peel, and it really helps keep them strong. I also love that I can take them off myself (acetone soak – 10 min.)
Post # 5
I love shellac manicures! I get them all the time but have noticed that a french doesn’t seem to last as long as color.
Post # 6
I’ve heard great things about shellac manicures. I definitely need to try it.
Post # 7
I love them too – the only issue I had was the same as OP in that my nails grow really fast so by even the 2 week mark you can start to see the new growth. I just found out that you can actually paint over the Shellac with regular nail polish and then remove it with regular non-acetone remover without affecting the Shellac at all though! So for the last week or so of my last Shellac, I just painted over it myself to help disguise the growth. Totally worth it to stretch the Shellac an extra week!
Post # 8
I would love to do this rather than get tips put on. My nails are weak and bend, do you think that would make the paint crack?
Post # 9
I love Shellac nails… I wish I had known about it before my wedding, because my regular manicure definitely chipped on Wedding day.
I’ve gone as long as a month with them, but my nails grow so fast that it’s ideal with 3 week time frames for me.
For those that haven’t tried it yet, OPI Axxium is the thickest, Gel-Ins are next, and Shellac is the thinnest gel overlay (and I think does the least damage to your nails).
Make sure that you go bare between every few manicures to let your natural nails breathe or else they will soon go brittle! And make sure you moisturize daily! Shellac does a number on your cuticles!
1st pic is 3 days after, 2nd pic is 3 weeks after
Post # 10
oh yes!!!! i love shellac!!! i have a shellac manicure right now from over 3 weeks ago… its just a very light pink though and it looks like i have clear coat on my nails… totally natural looking! i love it!
Post # 11
I’m a notorious nervous nail-biter, so unless I can stop biting my nails in the next month, I’ll probably have to go with acrylic or gel, even though I hate what they do to my nails.
Post # 12
Absolutely Shellac! I’ve had nothing but great experiences with them up until this point, so that’s what I’ll be going with.
Post # 13
Just wanted to add to this. If you have never had a shellac manicure and want one before the big day – just do a trial before that to make sure your nails work with shellac. I decided to go with shellac because I had a Destination Wedding, and we were leaving 5 days before the wedding. I didn’t want to worry about a manicure once we got there. I had only heard amazing things about shellac, and I have never had any weird experiences with getting manicures.
So, I got a shellac manicure the day before we left. Only problem was that shellac does not work for my nails. I am the 1 in 1000 it does not work on. Luckily, the maincurist was super nice and felt so bad that it didn’t work for me and gave me great products to bring with me. Just to be safe, I recommend trying it before your big day.
Post # 14
I chose the acrylic/gel option, but I would do gel…not acrylic. I’ve had Shellac about 6 times, and every single time, after a week, it’s chipped and a disaster. Shellac is a kind of hybrid gel manicure, so it’s not totally gel free. I will be trying the OPI gel manicure again, and a few other brands, to see if they last longer. A $35 manicure isn’t worth it to me, if it lasts a week.
Post # 15
I love shellac/gel- it lasts so long!! I am so impressed with it and will not waste money on anything else.
Post # 16
I’m doing shellac for my wedding. I am starting next week so my nails can grow out evenly in time for the wedding. (I’m always breaking the nails on my right hand)
I was thinking about doing my toes too.
Anyone ever had their toes shellaced?