How long do shellac nails last and how to make shellac last longer?

How to Get the Most Out of a Shellac Manicure

Although shellac nails are considered one of the most durable manis, there are still cases in which you can experience premature peeling or chipping. Typically, this occurs when there is a lack of proper aftercare. How long do shellac nails last, and what can you do to prolong their good condition? Here’s all you need to know!  

What are shellac nails?

Shellac nails aren’t exactly your next type of mani. They are a unique combination of regular and gel nail polish. Shellac nails are applied using patented nail polish from the CND brand (Creative Nail Design). The process itself is very similar to that of a gel manicure, as it involves applying a base and top coat, a colour polish, and curing each new layer. That said, shellac nails differ from other manicures as they are more durable and generally carry a smaller risk of nail damage.

How long does shellac last?

Since we’ve already mentioned the long-lasting effect shellac nails provide, you’re probably wondering how long shellac nails last. Well, this can differ depending on factors such as one’s nail growth cycle. Moreover, your everyday habits will further impact how long your mani will last, as although durable, they aren’t everlasting. If you often expose your nails to harsh conditions, they may not be able to last that long. Nevertheless, you can typically expect shellac nails to last between two and three weeks. 

How often can I get shellac nails?

As long as shellac nails are applied and removed correctly, you don’t really risk any nail damage. That is why, according to nail techs, you can get your shellac nails redone every two or three weeks. However, you should remember that with time, shellac nails harden, meaning they become more difficult to remove. This is why many nail technicians will encourage you to re-do your nails every two weeks to keep the removal process quick and easy. As for breaks between manis, unless you see your nails are in bad shape, there is no need to let them rest.

How to make shellac nails last longer?

Although shellac nails are durable and can virtually remain chip-free for at least two weeks, there are instances where premature peeling occurs. In such cases, the reason is most often improper maintenance. So what is the trick here, and how to make shellac nails last longer? Here are some tips!

  1. Keep your natural nails healthy

The first step to having a long-lasting manicure is maintaining healthy nails. If you have a brittle and uneven nail surface, nail polish will have a hard time adhering, thus resulting in premature peeling. So before you opt for that shellac mani, take some time to get your nails into good condition.

  1. Prep your nails and properly apply shellac polish

For shellac to properly stick to your natural nails, you first need to prep them properly. This means filing your nails, pushing back the cuticles, and cleaning them to remove any dirt or excess moisture. Once your nails are prepped, be sure to go step by step, allowing each layer to cure. 

  1. Moisturise

Keeping your hands and nails well hydrated is vital in maintaining your shellac mani. This helps keep your nails healthy and strong and prevents your cuticles from drying out and peeling. That is why you’ll want to use hand cream several times a day and apply cuticle oil daily just before going to sleep.  

  1. Wear protective gloves

Even the best nail products can have a hard time withstanding harsh chemicals. Make it a habit to protect your nails when performing tasks that involve using these products. For instance, remember to wear protective gloves while doing house chores such as cleaning, washing the dishes, or doing garden work.

  1. Don’t pick or bite your nails

Some people eat when stressed, others exercise, and others pick and bite their nails. If you’re guilty of the latter and have just gotten shellac nails, please, please, stop. By picking and biting your nails, you risk not only stripping the top coat but damaging your nails and cuticles. If possible, opt for squeezing a stress ball instead.

  1. Avoid exposing your nails to potential damage

Up until you get a fresh set of shellac nails, you may not have been aware of the many ways your daily habits can potentially ruin your mani. That is why you’ll want to stop treating your nails as a tool – no more scratching off glue or opening packages with your nails. From now on, be gentle and avoid potential damage.

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