How To: DIY Remove Shellac Polish
A few weeks ago I jumped on the Shellac train again and everything was going well until I noticed a chip on my right pointy finger on Sunday night. Due to us not having any hot water I couldn't remove the shellac then and since my local nail salon is closed on Mondays I couldn't go there either. I therefore had to do it myself on Monday night.
When I go to the salon to have it removed they soak my nails in a bowl of nail polish remover. That felt a bit drastic so I decided to use some simple tools including aliminium foil, nail polish remover and cotton buds. Controversial I know.
I then laid out 10 cotton buds for my 10 fingers and divided up 10 tinfoils too. Just for next time I would recommend to make the aliminium foil pieces much larger than the cotton buds so that they stay on for longer and are more secure.
I then moved onto dipping the buds into nail polish remover, placed one on my nail and set it with the tin foil. After having done one hand I entered into a dilemma. I wanted wine and I also wanted to finish my project. Because it is actually quite hard to do the process when one hand looks like it has placed a sticky glove in a piggy bank and I had to ask for re-inforcements from my boyfriend with the other hand. Don't tell him but he managed to do a better job than me. I'm not jealous at all.
After leaving this concoction on for 15-20 minutes (being distracted by the tv doesn't hurt), I went to the sink and removed each foil by twisting it off the nail to ensure that any remains came off. Any polish left on the nail I gently pushed off and it was really easy. I also washed my hands many times since nail polish remover stinks and isn't great for your hands. I prefer acetone free nail polish remover but with Shellac you need to bring out the strong stuff.
I then gently filed my nails, applied OPI's nail oil and sealed it with OPI's Original Nail Envy. Strong nails here I come. I aso applied handcream before bed.
It was a success and I am most excited. It was a perfect thing to do on a Monday night and my nails are feeling strong and healthy.