I’ve been loving the shellac manicure for a few months now. I know it costs more than your average manicure, but you have perfect nails for 2 weeks straight!!! That is SO worth the money to me.
If you aren’t sure what a shellac manicure is, then check out the great summary from Good Housekeeping. Basically, the process and materials make the manicure last for as long as two weeks, which is so much longer than typical, polish-only manicure lasts.
Anyway, yesterday I went to get a shellac manicure and my manicurist said she wanted to take my nail polish off a different way. Typically, you have to sit and soak the shellac polish off, but this way is MUCH BETTER.
She took a cotton ball and submerged it in 99% acetone, placed it on my nail and then wrapped the whole thing with foil. After 2 minutes or so, she pulled each piece of foil off and removed the layer off with one easy scrape.
They use a tool to push the polish off – you will need to buy this as well. It looks like this:
I’m pretty sure it’s the cuticle cutter. The flat side (top right).
If you wanted to try to take your shellac manicure polish off at home – here’s how! I haven’t personally tried it yet, but I can tell you that this method is a lot quicker than the soaking one.