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Shellac ruined my nails but like a fool I went back three times, all after a good many months break for them to recover. It chipped like hell as well. I tried gellish which lasted much better, but still ended up with shredded nails underneath. I won't touch the stuff howl, which is a shame as I did like the look of them, I only ever went for a neutral shade and it made me feel a bit more 'done'. But I'll take strong bare nails over the tattered nails I was left with.
My nails used to be awful with shellac but I love the ease of it, particularly on holiday or over Christmas. So now I treat myself to it on those occasions but make sure I have them soaked off properly. Then for days/weeks/however long after I religiously use a nail strengthener, and file, buff & polish my nails. If I keep at it, my nails are back to normal in no time.
It's a faff, but for me, 2-3 times a year, it's worth it.
I've looked at wraps, but my fingers are really tiny and they're all a very odd fit on me.
Did they remove the top layer of your natural nail before applying? (by filing) This is where the damage comes in ime. CND shellac is meant to be applied with zero or very minimal buffing. It so depends on the skill of the nail technician.
Yes my nails were filed. It shocked me tbh, but it was my friend who applied it at her salon and I trusted her to do it correctly and I knew no better. It seems such a stupid thing to do, to actually file the whole nail, so it's no wonder they ended up so damaged.
Mine used to go flaky at the ends - never ever had trouble with that before or since having shellac. Had them done every few weeks for a couple of years and then gave up as I didn't have the time. She used to sell remedies to cure the flaky nails, but the best and most obvious remedy is to stop getting them done altogether. Clearly that wasn't going to be something she recommended to me
I can honestly say mine are in fab condition and I have shellac on constantly- mine can last 3/4 weeks easily. My nail technician never buffs/files my nails though and I oil regularly. I have a friend who goes to the same salon who struggles to keep the polish on for a week so I suspect the type/condition of your natural nails is significant.
I'm allergic to gels and shellac. My nails were terrible and the skin round them would get itchy and split. Got my nails back into really good condition with the Superdrug base coat with vitamins etc. Also only use good nail varnish without all the crap chemicals like Orly and Zoya.
I get mine done every two weeks (Gelish but have had Shellac many times in the past). My nails are totally fine. My nail technician swears that it only ruins your nails if it is taken off badly. There is a good salon near me, where I have gone when I can't get an appointment with my normal person or she is on holiday and they file off the polish, this is bad according to my nail tech but when I questioned the woman at the salon she said that it was the proper way to do it and my normal woman was wrong (she uses a scraper thing and gently buffs the last little bit). So there you go! I have to say that when it is filed off my nails are weaker so I believe my regular nail person.
It doesn’t work well for me either. I’ve had it done twice, both times it started chipping and lifting within a couple of days and my nails were very weak and flaky afterwards. I certainly wouldn’t have it done again.
I think alot of it depends on the technique of the nail technician. Have had it done where it's been ruined and now I get it done religiously every 3 weeks only because of regrowth. Every now and again I get an add on treatment IBX as well with the shellac it strengthens the nails. Never take it off yourself it's not worth the effort
I'm glad I found this thread. My toenails are a disgrace after the two pedicures I had in the summer (I think she used gelish). I was a bit that the nail technician filed the surface of the nail and didn't use a base coat. I only had pedicures because when I paint my nails myself it doesn't look as good.
The nail varnish I use at home doesn't wreck my nails, so would it be OK to take that with me and ask them to use that instead?
I could always say that I am allergic to their nail varnish I suppose.
I've got Shellac on fingers and toes at the moment. Had it on for a week and it looks great to be honest, and my nails feel stronger. However, I only ever have it for two consecutive appointments, so apply, take off, reapply, take off (if that makes sense) and then I have a break for a couple of months to let the nails recover and just have normal manicures and pedicures. I religiously use oil and Clarins handcream as well (but do that anyway).
Where I go for my Shellac they do not use any electric equipment to remove or for cuticle work. It is all done by hand so that they can control the level of pressure. Removal is soak off, scrape off with stick (sorry, don't know what else to call it!) and then gentle buff to get final small bits off.
I'm not keen on Gelish to be honest - the only time I had it was for holidays and it lifted within a couple of days. Very disappointing.
LoniceraJaponica I always take my own nail polish to the salon if I'm not having Shellac. Any salon worth their salt wouldn't mind you doing that.