I’m going to save your life (and your $$$) just a little bit right now. This was huge for me! Apparently you can take off shellac by yourself at home. All you will need is tinfoil, cotton pads, nail polish remover and scissors.
DO NOT just peel the nail polish off. By peeling it off you are removing the top layer of your nail along with the shellac, causing your nails to be brittle. Trust me, I’ve done it! It takes a long time for them to grow strong again. Instead, here’s what you do:
1. Cut the tinfoil into strips and the cotton pads into quarters
2. Put a nail polish remover soaked piece of cotton on your nail, and wrap it with a strip of tinfoil
*TIP: Don’t make the strips too short, you want them longer enough to wrap around your finger tightly.
3. In the salons they use Acetone, which is just a more concentrated grade of nail polish remover. Since what you and I have at home is not as strong, we need to keep this concoction on our nails longer. I kept mine on for about 25 min.
4. After 25 min remove tinfoil and scrape off the nail polish. At this point it should be soft and come off quite easily.
Then this will happen:
File the surface of your nails, and apply moisturizer. Trim your nails as you like and you should be good to go!
Here’s what my nails looked like after:
Let me know how it goes 🙂