(Closed) Shellac Nails – Timing Question

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They may chip, but since your final one is just before the wedding you should be fine. I have found that my nails are weaker after the polish is removed, just as a heads up.

Post # 4
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My shellac lasts 14 days. After 14 days, it still doesn’t chip, I just get tired and want a new color lol. I’m positive I could get 3 weeks out of it!


I also take Biotin daily, and I ALWAYS see the same guy to get my nails done. I’ve had other people do them (at the same salon) and they’ve lasted anywhere from 5-10 days. But the guy I go to now gets them to last FOREVER!

Post # 5
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I took mine off after 11 days, only because my nails were growing out & it was bugging me. But I know it would of lasted 2+ weeks. I didn’t have any chipping or any nail breakage. I liked it a lot!

Post # 6
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I do my own gel manicures and they last about 2 weeks before I get tired of the color and start itching to get it off and change it out. You could probably go 3 weeks, then have it changed for your wedding.

Post # 7
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sharebear:  for me, my shellac will stay on 3 weeks. usually at 2.5 they start to look nasty (grown out and peeling up at the corners). at 3 weeks it starts seriously peeling up and i have to get it redone. (i got shellac every 3 weeks for 1.5 years, so i’m a bit of a self-taught expert, lol!)

Post # 8
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I love Shellac but it does dry out my nails. If your nails are naturally dry, you might find they tend to break a bit more once it comes off. Your every two weeks plan is right on but don’t be too freaked out if your natural nail strength doesn’t increase. Soaking the nails in acetone to loosen the polish is not good for some people’s nails but it is effective in removing the polish.

Hint: Shellac comes off a LOT easier than OPI’s gel polish. Less soaking and scraping means you’ll do less damage to your natural nail. Stick with Shellac!

Post # 9
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think you are scheduling them too far apart at all.  I’ve always worn my shellac nails for at least two weeks without a problem.  

Post # 11
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It depends on your technician IMO. I get Gellish (similar to Shellac) and I cheated on my normal person and the new technician gave me the worst French mani ever. It literally lasted 24 hours. It was peeling and chipping like crazy. My normal technician is careful to be patient and do thin layers, and I’ve worn her manicures for as long as 2 months. I only had to go back in because they were getting too long for me but not because of chipping/peeling. In fact, I’m wearing my current set (French using Gellish) and it’s been a little over a month with little no chips/peeling, not even at the edge by the cuticle.

Overall, two weeks is fine if your technician is good. You should probably only have problems with growth, but I think you won’t have many issues with chipping/peeling. Actually, since growth is my only problem, that’s why I get French. You really have to stare long and close at my hands to see the line between the Gellish and my natural nail.

I was a chronic nail biter before I got Gellish and I got it for my wedding. I’ve been a devoted Gellish wearer since that time and anyone that looks at my nails can’t believe I was a nail biter. I’ve had good experiences with it, but I know not everyone does.

Post # 12
1849 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve worn shellac for years.  I always go no longer than 2 weeks between appts because my nails grow fast and they look “grown out” if I go any longer than that.

You could get the shellac 3 or 4 days prior to your wedding and it will be fine.  Just throwing that out there so that if your schedule is tight, you can get it out of the way.

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