Shellacked – The Sequel

May 13, 2011


Get Shellacked.

That is all.

It’s amazing. I went in yesterday to get my nails done, and even after being late and running over the curb in front of the store, I was still excited.

I waited ever so patiently to be varnished:

And when my turn was up, I sat and talked with the nail tech about my nails. I explained to her I had just stopped biting them, had never been shellacked, and was nervous that my nails would fall apart as soon as the shellac came off.

She reassured me that my nails were pretty healthy, and that with the proper method taking them off would be simple and not leave much damage. She did say that because we were applying something to a nail, there was always some damage but with shellac it would be minimal, and she did a manicure in between coats to keep the nails nice.

Note: if someone tries to take off shellac with one of those whirly buffer things used for acrylics, run away. They should be soaked in a 100% acetone pad for around 10 minutes.

The tech did my cuticles and buffed my nails. I picked the paint, and then there was a bottom coat that dried under the UV light for 30 seconds, 2 pain coats that dried for 2 minutes, and a top coat (that was wiped off) for another 20 seconds or so. Oil was applied and I was good to go.

I cracked open that beer can right in her chair. Of course I didn’t. I told you, it’s trashy to do that. I waited till I got outside.


Total time with consultation: 1 hour.

Pain: None

Damage pre-shellac: None

Cost: $35

Here they are!

Before & Natural/After & Shellacked



Up close

I love them, I’d go back in a heartbeat to get them done. I’ll post pics in another week so you can see what they look like (they last up to 3) and also after they’re taken off.


  • Kelly

    May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Very nice! Your real nails look so good after such a short time of not biting them!

    1. Diana

      May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Thank you! They do grow fast, it was just letting them grow that was the problem. lol

  • Katrina

    May 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I may have to do that…I’m going to be in a wedding in June and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my nails (besides hiding them under the bouquet). This seems like a GREAT option 🙂

  • Teresa

    May 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

    They look great! I want to try them too, since I quit biting my nails (I clip them now though) and when they grow, they are so thin 🙁 Thanks for sharing the info!

    1. Diana

      May 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Two of the best things I’ve ever used for my nails are the Sally Hansen “Hard as Nails” paired with Burts Bees Almond Hand Cream. Amazing combo at night.

  • JM

    May 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Love the french! I did that the second time- it made the growing out part waaaay less noticeable (the first time I went with maroon).

    Good luck!

    1. Diana

      May 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I *almost* went with like a “do me” red, but I started thinking about how that would look in 2 weeks with me going to Georgia and maybe not having them redone. :/ So french it is!

  • Erika @NaMammaSte

    May 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I want to get my nails shellacked now! They look great!

  • Suz

    May 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Very pretty!

  • Elizabeth

    May 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

    SO PRETTY! And you SO DESERVE THIS! I’m sorry I’m yelling, I’m just excited for you.

  • the grumbles

    May 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

    how i have i never heard of this? i used to be a regular nail salon visitor but quit a few years ago because… $$$! but i am so intrigued by this beer-can opening promise…

    1. Diana

      May 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

      It’s amazing. I have to say, I’m loving how long it’s stayed nice looking for.

  • kim

    May 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I’m in LOVE!!

  • Miranda

    May 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Oooh! I like this! Your nails look so pretty!

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