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My nails have been murdered by Shellac - what can I do?

(32 Posts)
TizzyDongue Mon 13-Feb-17 18:31:13

Got a Shellac at Christmas. First ever one.

After it was removed (January) my nails started breaking - so I cut them shorter. But they still are breaking - ones just broken so they it's now shorter than my fingertip. (And is sore.)

Theres still a few mm of the buffered nail left to go on all fingers - so I can see that breaking too

Is there anything I can do!!?

ImLadybird Mon 13-Feb-17 18:36:06

What a shame. A nail and cuticle oil should help, or even simply olive oil or coconut oil. Just rub it in a couple of times a day. They should recover quite quickly then.

hunans Mon 13-Feb-17 18:36:54

OPI Nail Envy.

tshirtsuntan Mon 13-Feb-17 18:37:16

Solar oil is great for this.

TizzyDongue Mon 13-Feb-17 18:40:13

I've been using cuticle oil (forgot to mention!).

I get the feeling I'm just going to have to wait it out. Usually have decent nails too.

hunans Mon 13-Feb-17 18:45:33

Was it proper Shellac? Was it applied and removed properly? It can weaken the nail but after one application and removal it shouldn't totally destroy them.

TizzyDongue Mon 13-Feb-17 18:48:58

Yes it was.

Zampa Mon 13-Feb-17 18:50:22

I can only have Shellac done once every 3 months as it wrecks my nails. In between, I keep my nails short, moisturise them and wait ...

CurbsideProphet Mon 13-Feb-17 18:52:42

Mine were weakened after I had OPI gel and she buffed them roughly and excessively. I've been using CND oil and Sally Hansen Miracle Growth. I find OPI Nail Envy peels off.

I kept mine short and waited for the weakness to grow out. It probably took a good 6 weeks for mine to recover, but they're fine now.

hollyisalovelyname Mon 13-Feb-17 18:53:39

Mine were done 5 months ago and are still not right. sad
I put oil on them every evening.

MrsMeeseeks Mon 13-Feb-17 19:21:55

I am having to grow out the damage wreaked on my toenails by a shellac pedicure. I think I've got another 6 months to go sad. Lots of nail oil, massaged in daily, keep them short, be patient.

Jammygal Mon 13-Feb-17 19:23:52

Mine weren't right for a year after having them .....never again!
They will get stronger I promise 😀

dementedpixie Mon 13-Feb-17 19:26:43

How did they remove them? Did they use acetone, cotton pads and foil or did they use a buffer file? The first way is the correct way and the second will ruin your nails

burnishedsilver Mon 13-Feb-17 19:31:49

Mine have been done 3 times, in 3 different salons that were recommended by friends. It was removed correctly each time.

It took 6 months for the finger nails to recover. Longer for the toes. Nothing really helps. You just have to grow it out. Lesson learned :-(

Kirriemuir Mon 13-Feb-17 19:35:55

I have mine done every 2 weeks. Never had a problem.

GlennRheeismyfavourite Mon 13-Feb-17 19:44:25

I agree with previous posters who say it's just time. I had mine done for my wedding in July, had them removed properly and had to wait for the nail to grow out entirely to get back to normal (probably 4-5 months). My nails are perfect and strong again now. I would NEVER have this done again!!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 13-Feb-17 19:46:25

You don't buff for shellac, so I doubt it was genuine shellac from CND.

You have to buff for gel polish though.

Chewbecca Mon 13-Feb-17 19:48:49

I also have to wait for the entire nail to grow out, my finger nails really don't like it, they are so weak for several months. My toenails don't mind it though, but the benefits are not so big on my toes and it is so much more ££ for application and removal, I've given up.

schnubbins Tue 14-Feb-17 09:00:35

I had my nails done in September for a holiday and a wedding .They looked lovely had them removed professionally in November and my nails were ruined .They split continually the whole way down and sorting washing was a nightmare.My nails are only now back at their proper strength.Never again.

StrawberryShortcake32 Tue 14-Feb-17 09:06:26

Take daily biotin supplement. Get hold of some nailtiques in 2 plus. It's a little bit pricey but will help massively with the strength of your natural nails and will eventually (if used regulaly) make your nails virtually unbreakable. I have to really push hard with the clippers to cut them down now.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 14-Feb-17 15:30:37

If you go to have CND shellac & they try to buff your nails ask them not to.

Correct application dictates no buffing for CND shellac, because it needs a strong healthy nail to attach to, when you buff it makes the nail thinner so its actually counter productive.

Unless it's knock off gel. There's colours available online that have been discontinued for years. This is the correct application and removal. No buffing, no scraping it off with an orange stick.

Ifonlyiweretaller Tue 14-Feb-17 18:10:03

I have shellac every 2 to 3 weeks and my nails are fine. Cotton wool soaked in acetone, nail wrapped in foil then it scrapes off easily. Therapist always treats the nails before re-applying shellac but i have never had a problem. On the 2 occasions I wont have OPI as the twice I have done it has reeally damaged my nails.

TizzyDongue Tue 14-Feb-17 19:55:24

I didn't get another shellac - my friend who uses the place I went to and gets reapplied every two weeks doesn't have any problems either.

I got it removed in a different place, but it was the wrap/tinfoil way.

ohgoshIdontknow Tue 14-Feb-17 19:59:00

If you have Shellac all the time (every fortnight or so), you will think your nails are fine.

It's when you stop having it for a bit that you see the damage. I've recently quit having Shellac for that reason and am so happy to be growing my nails out so they can be strong again.

Also I'm concerned about the possible cancer risk from the UV light. So it's back to normal polish for me!

twilightcafe Tue 14-Feb-17 20:03:17

Shellac ruined my nails when I went to a salon where it was removed with an electric buffer. It took months for my nails to get back to normal.
Since then, I've had my shellac done about once a month at a salon where it's soaked off properly and my nails are fine.

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