Two years ago I wrote a post on how to remove Shellac polishes, but looking back the photos are terrible so I thought I'd do an updated version - and it is a question I'm often asked. I always take Shellac off myself, as it is so easy, so why pay an extra £5 to have it taken of for you? Also, I like to let my nails have a break between Shellac manicures to stop them drying out and let the air get to them.
- Acetone nail varnish (Acetone free just won't work)
- Nail file
- Cotton wool pads
- Kitchen foil
- Manicure sticks
- Nail oil - not essential.
I start off my using my nail file over each nail which will allow the acetone to sink in and speed up the process, it isn't essential though.
Then I prepare my nail wraps, but pulling a cotton wool pad in half, so its not too think and bulky, then cutting each half into six slices - you can do more or less depending on the width of you nail. I then cut foiled strips that are long enough to go around my finger and over the top. I then dip each cotton wool sixth into the nail varnish remover and onto the foil strip. I prepare all 10 at the beginning, as it is tricky to do when you've got the wraps on half your hands.
Then for each finger, put the cotton wool part onto the nail and wrap using the foil. Wait for about 10 mins, then peak at the one you did last, if the polish is pealing aay, they are ready - if not, leave for a few more minutes. When ready, use the manicure sticks to scrap off the polish. If you've left them for long other, this should be easy and your nail lovely and smooth, otherwise, it can leave your nail really rough as not all of the gel undercoat will come off.
I finish by dousing my nails in nail oil and massaging in. Tada - your ready for a new shade!