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Old 11-08-2013, 09:18 AM
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I went to a salon and had three back to back shellac manicures.....so total nine weeks. I always had strong beautiful nails and up until the shellac, did home manis. Now they are destroyed. They are thin, brittle, splitting.....have to cut or file new growth because nails are so damaged. It seems I have to wait for them to grow out completely to get my nails back. Also my fingertips hurt because the nails are so short.
I did apply OPI envy but they has a strong chemical smell and didn't seem to help. Can anyone suggest something natural? I've been keeping my hands moisturized with high quality hand cream. Has anyone experienced this after shellac? Can anyone suggest a remedy?
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:11 AM
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It helps to use a buffer type nail file to get the tops nice and shiny - less likely to catch and continue peeling. I did salon gel manicures a few times when they first came out - loved the mainicure but not the result on my nails.

I started taking a hair-skin-nails vitamin for my hair but the results have been crazy on my nails, they are growing much faster and seem much stronger .
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:23 AM
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Get more calcium in your diet. Eat tons of yogurt. I had this too. My nails went back to normal. I learned you can't do gel nails often. Get normal mani's. Also use a nail strengthner base coat.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:10 AM
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I also tried Shellac many times and no matter how or who applies them they weaken my nails. However, I'm always able to restore them with two staples: Vitamin E oil and a product called Duri Rejuvacote. I cut my nails short and start massaging Vitamin E oil into them at night until the feel more sturdy. Then I start my Duri regimen...one coat every other night, fresh coat every week. The nail salon pros always compliment my nails when I get a mani and I like to grow my nails pretty long.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:14 AM
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Any articifical product is going to damage your natural nail no matter what it is and it will take months or longer for the nail to grow completely out and you will be lucky if they are ever like they were before.
Keep your hands moisturized at all times, keep your nails cut short until their entire nail has grown out and keep a coat of good top coat on them.
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