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Is Shellac bad for your nails??

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Ladies...

My nails are weak and peely. They used to be awesome during both of my pregnancies but no more. I've tried all sorts of nail products but it's pretty much impossible for me to keep up with 2 small children at home. I'm wondering if a Shellac manicure can help my nails grow out and get stronger or if it's actually not so good for them. Thanks in advance for any information.

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marygray1294738736.8847973 PostsRegistered 5/8/2005

No. Don't use shellac. It is bad for your nails.

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KatieSab1294751658.19324 PostsRegistered 3/27/2008

there is no nail enhancement that is "good" for your nails except for making them look good! It is still a product that suffocates the natural nail.

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Sunshine K­ate1294751866.24312130 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky
On 1/11/2011 blackbeltshopper1 said:

No. Don't use shellac. It is bad for your nails.

I agree, it's bad for the nails. In fact, there's not a nail salon in my area that will do it. They don't want the liability.

Respectfully ~
Kate

Sunshine K­ate1294752090.12312130 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

I would suggest OPI Nail Envy. It's a clear polish that works great for thin, peely nails. That's what I use and get compliments on my nails all the time.

Respectfully ~
Kate

DebbieDD1294753291.2338109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

Have you tried Duri-rejuvacote? My mom took off her acrylics last year and within months her nails were back to "normal". Now she has beautiful natural nails that look great. I agree with the other ladies. Just about anything that you put on the nail is damaging and shellac needs to be soaked off, so can't imagine how good that can be.

Happymomx21294756380.42158 PostsRegistered 10/7/2010

I've tried the Nail Aid product for peeling nails and though it works well, I have to apply it every other day and with 2 kids in diapers, I don't really get enough time to even let it dry. Ive also used Nailtiques. I was looking for something that lasted longer. I can't leave them polish free because my nervous habit is to peel at them (YUCK). I'm sorta even embarrased to show my hands. Thanks for your advice ladies. I'll look into your suggestions.

lulu21294761640.40321286 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
On 1/11/2011 Sunshine Kate said:
On 1/11/2011 blackbeltshopper1 said:

No. Don't use shellac. It is bad for your nails.

I agree, it's bad for the nails. In fact, there's not a nail salon in my area that will do it. They don't want the liability.

There are 3 salons in our relatively small area that do Shellac. There are posters here that swear by it and do it every 2 weeks. I did it once and saw no damage when I removed it. Why is it so bad?

lyn in MI1294762480.97724456 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan
On 1/11/2011 KatieSab said:

there is no nail enhancement that is "good" for your nails except for making them look good! It is still a product that suffocates the natural nail.

{#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

@(-_-)@ ~lyn~
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CA annie1294762946.6433769 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007Sunny CA

So nail polish on a natural nail is bad for your nails?

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}nnie

Luv my dox­ie kid1294764029.347118 PostsRegistered 8/25/2010Oregon

Are you still taking your pre-natal vitamins? It's pretty amazing what those help with!

PpprMintPa­tty1294764163.12318749 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol

For those of you that say it is bad...why do you say that?

I inquired about it at my hair salon, they're using the OPI version of it and all of them really like it.

~Formerly known as Danny~

anitagayle1294765314.5971305 PostsRegistered 5/20/2009

I have turned to Shellac because no matter what product, system, etc. I use, at some point my nails will begin to separate and peel. This occurs even though I have been very faithful to whatever product I try. So far I am happy that my nails look attractive and well-groomed. As some point, I may change my mind (my prerogative, right?) or just get tired of going to the salon every two weeks, for now I'm good with it.

formerly agbern

lyn in MI1294766866.7824456 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan
On 1/11/2011 CA annie said:

So nail polish on a natural nail is bad for your nails?

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}nnie

Annie - I feel it's not healthy for our nails when worn continually. Nail polish is drying and that leads to breakage. Polish also can cause yellowing of our nails. I polish mine for a special ocassion, but otherwise I simply keep them buffed and bare.

@(-_-)@ ~lyn~
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lyn in MI1294767190.62324456 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan
On 1/11/2011 PpprMintPatty said:

For those of you that say it is bad...why do you say that?

I inquired about it at my hair salon, they're using the OPI version of it and all of them really like it.

Acetone is very harsh on our natural nails (nail bed and cuticles), and I believe acetone is the product used to remove (soak off) the Shellac.

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@(-_-)@ ~lyn~
♥ Birman =^..^= Servant ♥

lulu21294769531.52321286 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I have worn nail polish almost everyday for the last 35 years. It is removed with acetone. My nails grow like weeds and seem to be quite healthy. I have friends who have worn acrylics for 20+ years. Their health doesn't seem to have been compromised because of them. Are there studies that indicate people with bare nails are healthier than those who cover their nails?

curlywhite­dog1294770041.1336512 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

I took my silk wraps off in October to give my nails a chance to recooperate from 20 years plus of being in wraps and acrylics and in December I decided to try the gel system. My manicurist said most people get two weeks out of the gel (she uses OPI), some get three. Well, here we are, two weeks and 5 days later and my nails look every bit as good as they did when they were first done. My opinion on the gel is that not only does it last longer than the polish on my artificial nails ever did but I get the strength I once had without the nail build up which can be so unattractive.

As long as when the gels come off I see no noticable problem, I'll put on another coat. So far, so good.

Maria

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luvmypupz1294770474.3134991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

My nail tech will not do the shellac. She also stopped using the duri product due to the ingredients. I get fiberglass overlays. I am sure that is not really good for your nails either but I keep mine short.

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Teapot1294770852.821995 PostsRegistered 7/31/2006

Have you tried ProStrong? I used to have peeling nails and I tried everything and it really helped. This isn't like a polish that you have to wait to dry, the ProStrong soaks into your nails in a flash. Hey, like they say, you have 30 days to try it!

Shelbelle1294779494.87334565 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My salon does the OPI Gel Axxium,yet my nail tech advised me against it. I do not like the idea of soaking these polishes off in acetone.

dglvr21294781680.583434 PostsRegistered 10/29/2010long island

i have been using the OPI system for about 3 months....being a nurse,i cannot keep polish on for more than a day...this is the only thing that works for me,and i love it.I only soak for about 5 minutes...i agre,it probably is not the best thing,but it has certainly not slowed down my nail growth...i have to have them cut every 2 weeks,they are growing so much..at least they dont file down your nails...just my feelings

CA annie1294796150.4133769 PostsRegistered 1/25/2007Sunny CA
On 1/11/2011 lyn in MI said:
On 1/11/2011 CA annie said:

So nail polish on a natural nail is bad for your nails?

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}nnie

Annie - I feel it's not healthy for our nails when worn continually. Nail polish is drying and that leads to breakage. Polish also can cause yellowing of our nails. I polish mine for a special ocassion, but otherwise I simply keep them buffed and bare.

Yes, you are probably right Lyn. I am still working on getting my acrylics off and going with a natural nail. Right now, I have almost four weeks of outgrowth! Groan......but I do not want to put my fingers in acetone to soak them off. Let's see how long they take to pop off. I've already had two people comment on my outgrowth because they are so used to seeing my nails well manicured. Another groan!!!!!

{#emotions_dlg.blink}nnie

momcat1294804633.2136325 PostsRegistered 9/12/2010

There is another post here about damaged nails. She got results with Trind. I used Nailtiques and now have healthy nails. I plan to use a coat of it before applying polish.

Let me know if you suddenly become interesting.

cosdepende­nt1294804695.943752 PostsRegistered 1/31/2007Greater Cincinnati

I just took my Shellac off for a break after using it all summer and fall and half of the winter. My nails are definitely damaged. I keep my nails short, they are naturally strong, and grow very fast. So, for me, I can manage as they will grow out quickly. But, I have had a little peeling, the texture is somewhat rough (I am reluctant to buff any more, but will probably have to this week) and (this is why I removed them) they started breaking below the skin line. OUCH! I'll probably do it again when I get in the mood and try to be more religous with the nail oil.

Happymomx21294823688.03158 PostsRegistered 10/7/2010

Yes..I am still taking pre-natal vitamins but they are doing nothing for my nails. I just don't understand it and I'm so frustrated. There are such different replies here...I'm just not sure what to do. I've got little kids so I don't want them to be long...I just need them to stop peeling. WAHHHHH

I was considering the Duri Rejuvicote but now there is a concern about the ingredients? Hmmmm...what to do?

Thank you all!

Shelbelle1294841359.76334565 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/12/2011 Happymomx2 said:

Yes..I am still taking pre-natal vitamins but they are doing nothing for my nails. I just don't understand it and I'm so frustrated. There are such different replies here...I'm just not sure what to do. I've got little kids so I don't want them to be long...I just need them to stop peeling. WAHHHHH

I was considering the Duri Rejuvicote but now there is a concern about the ingredients? Hmmmm...what to do?

Thank you all!

Not sure, but Duri may contain formaldahyde, the formula may have changed since then. But the very expoensive Pink Gel Coat contains Formalin, a derivative of formaldahyde

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