A while back, I bought a great Groupon for a Shellac Mani & Pedi at LuLu's Hair Parlor. I thought it'd be great option since my fingers wouldn't chip and it should last about 2 weeks.
Fast Forward 18 days. This is what these guys look like. Now I will say, I REALLY like this concept. Husband not so much. He works in the printing industry and he said UV lights can't be used on packaging for food, so they are PROBABLY not good for your little fingers either. Anyway. Moving on.
The salon charges $6 for removal. Yikes. So, I asserted myself and headed to YouTube to get some zesty info and figure it out on my own. Success! So if you're getting a Shellac mani, here's how to save a few bucks by only spending $4 once!
You will need:
- Pure Acetone - go to Sally's Beauty on this one. Their small bottle is $1.49.
- Cotton Balls Cut in Half
- Aluminum Foil. YouTube suggested foil for doing your hair, I say, it's the same thing. cut a 2 inch by 4 inch strip
- Scraper doodad - this is like the scraper they use to push your cuticles back at the salon. Sally had them for $.99
Soak the cotton ball in acetone and then plop in on your nail. Then take the tinfoil and wrap it around your nail.
Then wait, and looks like a spooky alien. I waited about 10-15 minutes.
The stuff peels right off after the time. Then take the little scraper doodad and just help take the excess off. Once you have it all off, take another cotton ball an wipe clean.
What I love about this is it doesn't damage your nail. I still have my toes on, but I'll be tackling that this weekend. It is anywhere from $10-15 more for one of these types of manis, so I'm not sure it's worth it all the time, but for vacations absolutely!
And there you have it, successful removal of a Shellac Mani.