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How do I remove shellac from my nails quickly?

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Karbea Sun 02-Jun-13 16:30:40


I'm in for a hysteroscopy tomorrow and I need to remove my shellac nails before the op, I'd normally ask my salon, but they are closed today.
Apart from picking it off, what can I do?


BaDaBing Sun 02-Jun-13 16:34:38

Soak in pure acetone and gently scrape off. If doesn't come easily don't peel it, you will damage your nail.

Good luck with op.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 02-Jun-13 16:34:55

do you have pure acetone? I got mine from home bargains. You should soak them off in acetone rather than pick it as you will pick the top layers of your nails off with the polish

Pusspuss1 Sun 02-Jun-13 16:37:12

If you have a nice hot bath and soak for a bit, it softens and peels off quite easily when you get out! Not the official way to do it, obvs...

Smize Sun 02-Jun-13 16:40:54

Get hold of some acetone if you can (I get mine from Home Bargain). Soak your nails then very gently scrape polish off with a metal cuticle stick or similar nail tool. Please only pick off as a very last resort - made that mistake first time I had shellac and peeled off the top layer of my nails, they were wrecked for months. Good luck for your op smile

badblueeyeliner Sun 02-Jun-13 16:41:41

File across the nail - on the polish - to break it up a bit. Before soaking cotton wool in acetone. Cotton wool on nail and keep it on there for a while. You might need to wrap it on with foil or something. Leave for a bit. Then some of it will come off - you'll likely still need to use an orange stick to scrape it off

middleagedspread Sun 02-Jun-13 16:49:32

Please don't do what I did..scrape it off with a kitchen knife.It's taken 6 months for my nails to recover.

nextphase Sun 02-Jun-13 16:52:28

I watched someone yesterday have some nails taken off (not sure what type they were), but if the bottle of stuff was acetone rather than nail varnish remover - which is often ethyl acetate these days, the old stuff is mainly acetone) doing exactly what BadBlue said.

PoppyWearer Sun 02-Jun-13 16:53:42

Are you sure it has to come off? I had an operation last year and they said gel nails were fine. Depends on the hospital I suppose!

middleagedspread Sun 02-Jun-13 17:00:34

poppywearer, I think if you're having a GA they make you take it off to check your nail beds aren't going blue, or something like that.

gladyoucame Sun 02-Jun-13 19:26:18

Put acetone (or nail varnish remover containing acetone) in small bowl big enough for fingers. Then quarter fill bigger bowl with very hot water, put small bowl in bigger bowl (like Bain Marie) and put fingers (only nails really) in small bowl. Warmth seems to help the acetone work more quickly, then use orange stick to help it come off once you've soaked for a few minutes.

GW297 Sun 02-Jun-13 19:31:22

Are you definitely having a local anaesthetic?

shockedballoon Sun 02-Jun-13 20:44:45

<<slight hijack - sorry!>>

Will the acetone thing work for full gel acrylic falsies?

I had mine done for bridesmaid duties 2.5 weeks ago and they've grown out quite a bit and are starting to look a bit daft, but they are stuck fast and I'm pretty sure the tips are put on with superglue or something?

I've never had these done before so no idea what's supposed to happen - didn't think to ask!

Karbea Sun 02-Jun-13 21:33:11

Thanks ladies, it took awhile but came off. The nurse said it needed to come off.
Red toenails off too.
I feel naked!

Nombrechanger Sun 02-Jun-13 21:45:56

Good luck for your op tomorrow!
Glad you got your nails off!

GW297 Sun 02-Jun-13 21:50:52

Good luck!

Karbea Mon 03-Jun-13 11:03:44

Thank you, back from the op, feel a bit groggy, but all good smile

GW297 Mon 03-Jun-13 13:11:37

Glad it's over and you are home now.

spottymoo Mon 03-Jun-13 18:53:16

shellac should always be wrapped off never soaked acetone cotton pad tin foil wrap for 10 mins use an orange stick to scrap remaining off never peel as it will damage your nails proper shellac doesnt need to be filed or buffed before.

gel extensions need soaking in pure acetone for 20mins.

if extension have been done at a Chinese nail bar they need soakibg up to an hr

( nail tech geek wink )

spottymoo Mon 03-Jun-13 19:11:17

glad the op went well try to get as much rest as you can x

Nombrechanger Tue 04-Jun-13 18:02:19

Hi Karbea,

Glad your Op went ok. I hope you're being looked after and you're getting lots of rest and nice dinners.

I had a similar op last June and its bloody painful but you'll get there. X

Karbea Tue 04-Jun-13 19:30:24

Hi nombre,

One day of relaxing now back to normal, although the housework isn't top of my priority list yet!
Thank you for your kind words smile

Nombrechanger Tue 04-Jun-13 22:43:30

Housework? What's that? BACK AWAY FROM THE HOUSEWORK!!!

I doubt your body is up to normal goings on. Please don't rush into anything!

Glad you're ok.

sharon162415 Mon 08-Jul-13 09:57:28

im in for a hysteroscopy next week, do you know if French gel nails are ok or will I need to remove them?

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