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Shellac seems to have ruined my nails

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ThatVikRinA22 Tue 03-Apr-12 18:33:11

I had shellac on for a total of 6 weeks or so, bit had to have it taken off as my nails have gone really weak and brittle. 2 have split really far down, and I can't cut them short enough to cut it out. I loved shellac bit am wary of having it done again if it leaves nails in such a mess, my nails are normally naturally long and quite strong. Anyone else had problems after shellac or is it just me?

unimaginativename Tue 03-Apr-12 18:35:48

My nails are normally strong and grow very easily too, I had gelish for about 6 weeks and my nails were ruined. They are now breaking really easily and peeling, I'm using OPI nail envy while I grow out the damaged nail but it seems to be taking forever.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Tue 03-Apr-12 18:37:55

did you pick the nails off or have them soaked off?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 03-Apr-12 18:39:12

Mine are peeking too! I'm s bit miffed, I thought if found the holy Grail of nail colour that doesn't chip off.... But it's come at a cost to my poor ruined nails.... They are driving me mad.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 03-Apr-12 18:40:04

* peeling! Bloody iPhone...... I had it properly taken off at the salon btw .

HorsesDogsNails Tue 03-Apr-12 18:41:32

Your nails may be dehydrated and brittle rather than damaged and ruined.... A good nail and cuticle oil like CND Solar Oil will help to retain flexibility and stop them splitting. Using Solar Oil while the product is on will help minimise the dehydration.

Was the product soaked off by a professional Nail Tech? Home removal (either with acetone or by picking it off) can worsen the brittleness. Nail Envy is a really good product.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 03-Apr-12 18:42:05

My nails went brittle after Shellac - presumably they "can't breathe" while this stuff is on. The nails did last a full three weeks without chipping but I woulld not bother again.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 03-Apr-12 18:44:43

I had it properly removed by a nail tech at the salon for all those asking.

unimaginativename Tue 03-Apr-12 18:51:21

I had mine properly removed too, and used cuticle oil religiously. I have been quite lax with applying oil since I had it removed, which is silly really, I should still be using it.

HorsesDogsNails Tue 03-Apr-12 19:04:29

I don't use Shellac, I use OPI Axxium which is a similar product, so I can't say I've seen problems like this within my clients (full-time Nail Tech). Keep up with the oil, and use a strengthener like Nail Envy and the condition will return to your nails. If you rub oil in every day the rubbing motion will stimulate circulation and nail growth.

anothersplace nails don't need to breathe but without replacing their normal moisture levels when they are covered they will suffer dehydration. Like having bleach applied to your hair strips the natural moisture out but we replace it with conditioner when we wash our hair.

Solar Oil is conditioner for nails smile!

Chewbecca Tue 03-Apr-12 19:18:46

I've had the same problem since having gelish over Christmas. My nail finally recovered in March but I'm not going to use it again sadly.
M toenails seem to cope much better though and I'm having my first gelish pedicure of the season on Saturday smile

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 03-Apr-12 19:20:37

I don't think any of these things are great for nails really - ok occasionally but not too often.

Toughasoldboots Tue 03-Apr-12 19:22:17

Ruined mine too despite my beautician telling me it wouldn't. I have been putting solar oil on every few hours but they are shot to pieces.

whackamole Tue 03-Apr-12 20:32:24

Mine were fine but I removed it after 2 weeks as I didn't want them done again. I used pure acetone to remove it.

teahouse Tue 03-Apr-12 20:49:45

It ruined my nails too but I made sure I kept putting nail on them and once the damaged bit had grown out, my nails are just fine.
I have always had problems with my finger nails - toes nails no problem and finger nails fine so long as I avoid nail varnish.
Good luck

rightchoice Tue 03-Apr-12 21:09:29

I have been using Jessica Geleration similar to Shellac for well over a year. My nails are kept very short. They always split before and would probably split again now if I left them natural, and unpainted. I think the worst thing for them is the electric file used in one salon in the past. I have now bought my own system and do them every 2-3 weeks. They always look lovely. Saves lots and is much better than nail varnish. Well worth the investment.

FourQuartersOfLight Tue 03-Apr-12 21:44:18

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Jackstini Tue 03-Apr-12 22:11:11

I have got my own kit too rightchoice (have you got Sensationail?) but always remove after 2-3 weeks as although there's no chipping my nails now grow quite fast so I get grow out gaps.

I remove with foil method. (File off shiny top layer only, put acetone on cotton then onto nail, wrap with foil, leave 15 mins and it's off)
I have known salons use electric files (noooooooooooo - don't let them!)
Vicar - did your salon use file, soak or foil?

My nails are stronger than ever now but I do use cuticle oil every other day to nourish.

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 04-Apr-12 08:22:52

Mine were soaked off in acetone, one of my nails has had to be cut so short it's actually really sore. They feel weak, bendy and they are breaking and peeling, they are rough and just horrible. Where do I get nail oil from? I had shellac 3 times in total. The last time she soaked it off then buffed my nails with an emery board... Then put clear varnish on, which just looked and felt awful and rough. I'm so fed up now with painfully broken nails. sad

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 04-Apr-12 08:25:20

In fact I've just noticed my sore far too short nail is bleeding.... Yuk.

FourQuartersOfLight Wed 04-Apr-12 08:33:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Wed 04-Apr-12 10:58:13

The solaroil is lovely, but you can buy almond oil in most chemists now. Get a bottle and rub it in and imagine yourself on a lovely summer holiday with the smell. grin

I swear by OPI nail envy, it fixes everything.

Jackstini Wed 04-Apr-12 17:48:26

Ouch Vicar sad if you ever have it again use the foil removal method I mentioned - your nails are in acetone for a shorter time.
The manicurist should not need to buff anything away.

Almond oil would be a good start to get them going again but will prob take 4-8 weeks to show a real difference tbh

You can always gel polish them yourself after a couple of weeks if you need some strength/colour to kee you going

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 04-Apr-12 18:57:11

I've just realised I've got some elemis oil that can be used for body, hair or nails so I've lathered them in it!

rightchoice Wed 04-Apr-12 19:31:35

Jakstini no I dont have Sensationail. I have Jessica Geleration gel, prep, finish etc. The lamps and the other things I purchased from various sources. I have saved lots doing it this way. Need a few more colours though now!

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