Monday, March 14, 2011
Shellac final thoughts.
I have finally removed my Shellac manicure. To read about the manicure see these posts. I left it on for 13 days but easily could of gone much longer. This is right day 13.
For removal the lady who did my manicure told me to soak my nails in regular acetone. I didn't want to do that so instead I did the glitter removal technique with Sally Hansen Dry brittle nail polish remover which is a gentler formula I had on hand. I left them on for 10 minutes. When I took it off some of the polish had already started to come off. If I left them longer I bet more would of come off on it's own but I get inpatient. The polish was extremely soft and I just used my thumb nail to gently scrape it off all the nails. It came off easily and I barely rubbed it. I then went over them with a cotton soaked in remover to get all last bits. I have no mid removal photo because both hands were covered in remover when I thought to take a picture! If I had actually soaked them in acetone I think in 10 is would easily of come off without a ton of effort. I don't really want to do that with my 2 cats in my small apartment.
Pardon the staining. The Shellac did not stain at all. The tips were stained prior to Shellac. My nails actually grew longer and stronger and healthy because they weren't bent or chipped for two weeks.
I damaged one nail but I think it was my fault. Because I rushed the removal my middle finger on my right hand wasn't soft enough when I scrapped it and it tugged and peeled a little spot. If I had left the remover on a minute more I am sure it wouldn't of happened.
Final thoughts. I would totally do it again. It was $25 with a full 2 weeks of wear. At my 13 days that breaks down to $1.92 a day but I could of left it longer. At that same salon a regular manicure is $16 ($14-16 is regular here) I have never got more than 4 days completely chip free from any manicure making it $4 a day for the chip free days. This would be great if you were going on vacation and you wouldn't have to worry about touch ups the whole time! It'd be good for a big event and you could go days ahead and not worry. It does feel a little different the first hour or two but I got used to it right away and not breaking a nail for two weeks was great. (I'm always painfully breaking them normally)
Imagine how good a pedicure with this would be!!!