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Old 06-25-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Shellac nails anyone?

Ok, I bit the bullet and took off my acrylic nail overlay. They then did a french manicure with the new Shellac stuff. Has anyone else had this done?

My boss has had the shellac done with colors and it lasted forever for her (1 month) with no chips, cracks or problems. The only way you could tell was through her nail growth and the color being away from her cuticle. Her nails hadn't been drilled from having acrylics on and filled. Everything I've read seems to be very positive (except it's $$$) so I'm curious about anyone else's experience.
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Is Shellac nails the same as gels. I get gel nail, in fact I just had mine redone today. They lasted about 5 weeks with 1 fill in.
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I do have shellac french manicure, but mine usually only last 2 to 3 weeks. I may have fast growing nails though. I like manicured nails regardless, but I can't have the acrylics at all! They really mess with my nail beds and I have even had an allergic reaction once.
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Now my pedi lasts at least a month or longer with the shellac. I love not having to get a pedi but once a month!
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I've been doing some reading on the 'net and I guess you can polish over the top of the shellac as well. I guess I'm hoping for the 'magic bullet' of pretty nails with the lowest cost LOL

The shellac type is not a traditional gel nail, it's a gel/polish hybrid that cures under UV light.

What I'm hoping for is to grow out my nails that had acrylic (hence drilled) to the new, good nail and keep them protected. Then, once I'm on undamaged nails just keep them pretty and polished with that extra bit of protection. Fortunately my nails grow fast so it shouldn't take but a few months to be on 'good' nails again!
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Yep I've done it 3 times now. I think I am the odd one out though. All 3 started peeling/chipping within 7-10 days.
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I think they look great - it's not in my small town yet.
I heard it was inexpensive. The girl who had hers done spent $20 and it lasted 2-3 weeks. I thought compared to acrylics that was less.
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What I don't like from the acrylic is the thinkness I get. It causes me to have trouble fastening jewelry or picking things up from the floor (like a dropped dime, penny, etc.). Do you get that with the shellac?
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:15 AM   #9
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Yep I've done it 3 times now. I think I am the odd one out though. All 3 started peeling/chipping within 7-10 days.
Mine too! And the cost is not worth it...I have very thin natural nails...the cost of the shellac is about the same as a full set around here...!? Not worth it...I did love them when they were 1st done but if they are going to peel, it's not worth it. I will keep my acrylics.

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Old 06-27-2011, 08:09 AM   #11
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The shellac is very thin, so you don't have trouble picking things up. I was so used to the acrylics that it didn't bother me, but some things were more difficult.

Prior to acrylics, my natural nail was very strong. I got the acrylics originally so I didn't break my nails (so strong they would really break!) and so that polish would last longer than 2 days.
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Shellac is the real deal. I will never go back to regular manicures. It truly lasts twice as long on my hands and I finally had a pedicure w/ shellac and it's still perfect weeks later too.
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Love my shellac manicure. A regular manicure always chips in 2 or 3 days. I've had this one for 17 days now with zero chips or peeling.
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In the summer, I color shellac! I have Hollywood on at the moment, last time I had Gotcha. I will go back to french shellac in Sept.
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I did have a Shellac manicure done. To be honest, mine peeled within the week in some spots. Maybe b/c I have a toddler and wash my hands 100 times a day? Not sure. I wasn't really pleased with it. Edit: After reading the other comments about it, maybe the person who did mine didn't do a good job?? Now I'm really annoyed, ha ha!
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How is shellac different than gel nails? And are either of them bad for nail health?

If I could find a way to make polish last w/o damaging my nails I might do it. I keep my nails natural because the finish on polish requires constant upkeep.
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I'm on week 4 of my shellac manicure. I need to get it redone because my nails have grown out about 1/4 of an inch, so there's no polish at the bottom of my nails.

The polish hasn't chipped anywhere, and my nails haven't broken off at all, which they usually do. I paid about $35 with a tip, and it's totally worth it to me.
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Axxium by OPI

Is Axxium by OPI the same thing? I had them done about 2 weeks ago -my nail tech didn't have a lot of color choices, so not thrilled there and there are tiny hariline cracks in them. I am going to try them again - one more time. I was going out of town and wanted something that would last more than a week and wouldn't look terrible half-way through my trip. The cracks aren't noticeable unless you really look at the nails - so they've worked for what I wanted them to.
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There are different brands. The 2 most common seem to be Shellac by Creative Nail Design and Gelish by Harmony.

I've had the CND Shellac done a couple times with very good results. My boss has had the Gelish a number of times and she's gone as long as 4 weeks with no chipping, peeling or breakage.

Sally's has the Gelish in house and on their website. CND is pro only like the OPI is. Haven't heard much good about the OPI.

I bought a 36w UV light for curing and have the starter kit of Gelish along with one color. I am into this for about $90, so if this does me for 2 months I'm in the clear (salon prices) or 3 months (beauty school prices). I think the application and curing times are what will determine how well it does.

Wish me luck!
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:51 PM   #21
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Update: I did it today. Soaked off the old with cotton squares soaked in acetone on the nail wrapped with foil for about 15 minutes, scraped off the rest in a little acetone, prepped everything, shaped and filed. I followed the instructions provided (didn't watch the dvd), cured slightly longer than required like they do at the beauty school, and they turned out great! Looks about 99% as good as a salon to me, DH thinks it looks good too. He was surprised it didn't stink like nail polish does (his words). Now we'll just have to see if it wears as well.

Anyone looking to do this at home, it's not tough. The hardest part is off-handed accuracy for me!
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:07 PM   #22
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I had a Shellac manicure done a couple of months ago, but I was so disappointed that it only lasted me about 2 weeks or so. However, I should note that my nails grow super fast AND I'm really really hard on my hands. I think the average person would get much more wear out of it.

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I've been doing some reading on the 'net and I guess you can polish over the top of the shellac as well.
I had forgotten all about that! If I ever get Shellac again, I'll keep this in mind
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Here's a pic of my shellac nails..they are about 3 weeks old at this point and I'm pretty rough on my hands...

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Wow, that looks great, Stephanie!

Mine have been done a week now, and look just as good as when I first did them on the 14th. I can see just a little of normal grow-out, but no chipping, cracking or peeling. I really believe the first time I had the Gelish brand done the tech didn't do it right (cure long enough) since I had some chipping issues after a week. At the rate my nails grow, I'll have to do them again the first week of September for sure.

My color is Shake It Till You Samba, a nice hot pink color
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I may have to see if my local Sally's has the Gelish. I would love to find something that I can do myself. Thanks for letting us know about it!
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What I don't like from the acrylic is the thinkness I get. It causes me to have trouble fastening jewelry or picking things up from the floor (like a dropped dime, penny, etc.). Do you get that with the shellac?
Although some of it depends on whose doing your nails the acrylic is the thickest of all the nail products. You might want to try gels- its much much thinner.
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I own a Day Spa and we do natural nails only (no acrylics). We do quite a bit of shellac.

I absolutely LOVE it. I am very, very hard on my nails. I have them in water so much they peel constantly. This doesn't happen if I am wearing shellac. It is the only way my nails will grow. And they grow long and are all a uniform length.

Most of our shellac clients come in every 3 weeks (though CND advertises 'guaranteed to last 2 weeks').

It will not damage your nails like acrylics. When I take mine off my nails are in great shape. They do recommend you use solar oil daily. We give a small bottle of it to every shellac customer.
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I may have to see if my local Sally's has the Gelish. I would love to find something that I can do myself. Thanks for letting us know about it!
Of course, I went right out and bought this. It was very easy and looks great. I will report back on how well it holds up.
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Is shelliac still fake nails? something that goes on top of your own nails?
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It is something that you put on top of your own nails, like polish. It has to cure with a UV light, and will not 'air dry' like regular nail polish does.

I now have 2 weeks with my first home done application of the Gelish. It has held up extremely well. It doesn't seem to have worn off the edges much at all, and that's saying something!

I stopped in at the local beauty school to show them how it's held up. The instructor had mentioned she was interested in it since she could get it locally (they've been using the CND, but it must be ordered) and there are more colors available. It's also cheaper. She was very impressed with how well it has held up. They do a lot of the shellac there, and from what I understand it may surpass acrylics or gel nails in the near future.
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