Shellac Nail Polish can only be referred to as the miracle nail polish. It has revoluntionized extended wear nail polishes. It is such a powerful polish and can remain chip free for up to two weeks. It is more durable than a gel polish. It is a mix of half gel polish and half nail polish. If you are going to attempt to apply Shellac nail polish in the home, you will need to purchase a shellac nail kit and a UV lamp. The UV lamps can be pricey so it’s best to see if you are happy with the results at the beauty salon before you go out and buy some expensive equipment.
Advantages of Shellac Nail Polish
- It dries immediately.
- It is chip, scratch and smudge free.
- It won’t damage your nails when it is removed.
- It can be worn for more than two weeks depending on how fast your nails grow (this is generally when you will see some new nail growth and need to reapply).
- You need to have a healthy bed of nails to be able to use shellac nail products.
- You will need to use pure acetone to remove it.
- A UV lamp is needed to dry the nail polish, if you are worried about UV damage you can always apply a quality sun lotion to your hands first.
- Do not attempt to peel the nail polish off as it will take off the top layer of your nail, it won’t come off with normal nail polish remover either.
Please see the attached video for instructions for application and removal, we have listed the steps below as well.
- Firstly shape and buff your nails into your desired look, since shellac can last more than 2 weeks it is best to push back and clean your cuticles first.
- Apply one layer of the base layer and then dry with the UV lamp for approximately 10 seconds.
- Apply one thin layer of the shellac nail colour and dry with the UV lamp for 2 minutes, repeat this stage again.
- Now apply the top coat and dry with the UV lamp for another 2 minutes.
- Wipe your nails with 99% alcohol and a lint free wipe, this will bring out the shine in your nails.
Removing shellac can also be done at home but it can be quite tricky, again this is best left to a nail professional artist to perform. I would personally have my first lot of shellac nails removed at the salon and watch carefully on how to perform each of the steps. Once you have seen how a professional removes shellac from your nails you will feel more confident trying this at home. The following list should assist you at home. Remember not to be too rough when using the orange wood stick as you don’t want to do any damage to your nail bed. If you are finding it difficult to remove the shellac, soak your nails in acetone for slightly longer.
- You will need pure acetone, shellac wraps and an orange wood stick.
- Soak the shellac wraps in pure acetone and cover each nail individually in a wrapper.
- After ten minutes remove the shellac wraps and you will notice that the shellac has started to come off.
- Use the orange wood stick to remove the remaining parts of the shellac nail polish.
If you are looking to buy some Shellac products to try this at home, Amazon always have the best deals. Here are some of their Shellac nail art supplies.