Thursday 10 April 2014

Shellac disaster!

Okay so about two months ago there was a group-on deal offering Shellac for £14 at a salon near me, Laser Studio in Southampton. Although I had got my nails done multiple times before I had never got Shellac so I jumped at the chance. I booked an appointment for both me and my friend. 

Since I had never had Shellac before I didn't know what to expect, and was disappointed at the lack of colours the salon offered but I figured it was because they were just starting out so I chose the closest colour to pink there was, orange. I loved how it looked, shiny and pretty. 

 These are what my nails looked like after. 

I loved them, the colour wasn't exactly my favourite but I liked the way the looked. Over the next four weeks they didn't cheap but they started to look tacky as my nails grew and I started to hate the colour. 

At the beginning of March I was planning to go to London to stay with a friend and so what better time to get my nails done. I found a beauty service that comes to you at a reasonable price and booked a shellac appointment. 

When she arrived I told her it was Shellac and so she dipped cotton pads in acetone, placed it on my fingers and put foil around it. As this is how Shellac should be removed, 10 minutes later she checked and there was no difference. Shellac should easily crumble off, that's why it's better for you nails than Gel which you have to soak off. An hour later, after repeating the steps we still had little success, she was chipping away at it with cuticle pusher amongst other things and eventually we got the orange off but they were left with a yellow gel like substance. No matter what we did it wouldn't come off. 

After we tried to remove it. 

My nails were very damaged and weak and bumpy as there was no way to remove the glue like texture from them. 

She ended up buffing them down and painting over it in pink which didn't give the most beautiful nails but it hid the disgusting damage underneath. 

On Thursday 3rd of April I got the pink shellac removed and underneath you could still obviously see the damage but despite this I got my nails done again. This time with a pink shellac and foils. I loved it and it was perfect for Spring. 

Sadly after a few days they started to chip until it all looked so bad I had to remove it. My nails were still so damaged that it wouldnt stick as the nails were breaking and were weak. 

Them after I removed Shellac. 

It's been two months since that first appointment and my nails are still scuffed up and weak. This being said when getting your nails done for the first time at a new salon check what products they use and how they do it; for example they shouldn't need to buff them for Shellac, and remember CND is the pretty much the only trusted shellac brand, other brands are most likely to be gel. If you don't you could end up with nightmare nails like mine. 

Love Sarah

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