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Old 03-30-2011, 06:22 AM
 
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wondering about this nail process
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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I get a shallac manicure every 2 weeks. LOVE the product and it's not harsh on your nails.

There is no filing or drilling like there is with gel.

The first time you go in they do a regular mani (soak, cuticles..etc). They do a topcoat and set that with the UV lightbox. I always get a french done and they do the white tip and then the topcoat. Between each step you set the polish with UV light. After the last coat is applied and set, they wipe your fingers with alcohol to get rid of the sticky residue. I'm not sure if they do one or two coats if you choose color....someone else may be able to chime in with that information.

Two weeks later you go in and have the shellac removed. My salon has you soak in acetone but they can use an acetone wrap as well. It only takes 2 minutes or so, then they remove the shellac with an orange stick.

There is no filing at all unless you want your nails trimmed. They just repeat the process to put the shallac back on your nails.

My nails grow pretty fast so if I got color I'd have to return in a week otherwise you'd see the lack of color at the base of the nail. With a french it's not very noticable.

Also, the manicure stays shiny and doesn't chip at all. If I do get a chip my salon will fix it free of charge (though that hasn't happened yet).

My own nails have not broken or split since I've started doing Shellac manicures.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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If it's actual shellac I can tell you something interesting about where it comes from.

Shellac is a natural product. The lac bug, in Asia, creates little tunnels on the outside of trees from excretions from its body. They scrape these tunnels off and boil them down, strain out any contaminants, and from that comes shellac.

It is also known as confectioner's glaze, and it's on pretty much every candy product that is shiny, as well as produce. It's used for many things.

I don't know about its specific use as a nail product, but I thought I'd share that little fun fact with you.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Acetone is hard on nails.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Two weeks later you go in and have the shellac removed. My salon has you soak in acetone but they can use an acetone wrap as well. It only takes 2 minutes or so, then they remove the shellac with an orange stick.

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I have gotten this done before and my results were as follows.

First time - beautiful nails, wow I can't believe the manicure lasted 2+ weeks with no chips.
2nd time - a little peeling of my natural nails after the removal, manicure looked great for 2+ weeks.
3rd time - my natural nails were weak and peeling more after the 2nd & 3rd acetone soak. The nail polish was peeling right off with part of my nail!

Disaster ensued, after I had it removed my nails were peeling like crazy and breaking. It took 6 weeks before my nails were back to normal. They constantly broke or peeled as they grew out. This technique may work for you but it doesn't work for everyone.

Note I have great natural and long nails to begin with, I am always complimented on how great my nails look. I was trying this method to reduce chipping and for a longer lasting manicure. Over all it was a complete and dismal failure and I will never ever try it again.
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