Shellac is basically a gel-polish hybrid that launched a few years back, resulting in a long-lasting, super-glossy manicure. The secret sauce of shellac nails is that they combine two types of polish—gel (so your manicure lasts long) and traditional polish (which gives your nails shine and a nice pop of colour).
Here’s how it all works: You’ll need four coats of polish when you get a shellac manicure, two polish coats, one top coat and one base coat, each of which will need to be cured between layers inside by putting your nails under an LED light.
It’s not the end of the world, however. Here’s what can be done to help prevent the unwanted ‘premature peel’ of your new Shellac nails.
1. Use Cuticle Oil
Cuticle oil has a synergistic blend of naturally light oils and Vitamin E, which is specifically designed to deeply penetrate and protect your nails. It keeps your nails and shellac polish tough and flexible, and repeated use drives oils much deeper into your natural nails, which maximises the benefits and reduces any chance of peeling. It also helps moisturize the skin, nails, and cuticles, so our nail experts recommend that you use cuticle oil approximately two times a day to help prevent dryness and keep your Shellac nails in crisp condition.
2. Stop peeling off your nail polish
When you peel off polish from previous applications, it continuously removes the stronger layers of your nail’s surface, which reside on the top of your nails. This then exposes the weaker layers of nail, which can cause the shellac nail polish to peel off with the weaker layers of your nails when applied.
3. Wear gloves when doing any household activities
Wearing rubber gloves when doing household chores can help you get more time out for your Shellac nails than most. Washing up liquids and bleach all contain chemicals that may weaken, corrode or dissolve your nails which will make them much easier to come off. Simply wearing rubber gloves provides you with an effective extra layer that eliminates exposure to these chemicals.
How do I remove shellac nail polish?
You’ll want to go to a salon to get your shellac nails removed. It’s super quick—shellac nails can be removed by a manicurist in max 15 minutes because of a special remover made just for shellac polishes (no scraping included). The acetone-based remover breaks up the coating of your shellac nails into a bunch of tiny pieces, making it easy to remove.
Do shellac manicure ruin your nails?
If you go to a salon to get your shellac nails removed, no, you typically won’t leave with damaged nails. But if you decide to peel off your nails at home, it can also take off the top layers of your nail’s surface (ouch!), making it weak and brittle. Moral of the story: Whether you’re removing them in salon or at home, take the time to remove them properly. Don’t. Just. Peel. Them. Off!
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