How to Make Your Shellac Nails Last Longer


Your shellac nails should remain shiny and chip-free for 14 to 21 days if you take care of them responsibly. Don’t worry about your day to day activities: taking out keys, working on the computer and (light) cooking are no match for shellac. However, when your days fill up with cleaning tasks remember these important shellac maintenance rules.

Shellac nails, when applied, are coated with several layers of UV light which hardens the polish at a much faster rate than if you were to just traditionally “air dry” them, saving you a ton of time. The strengthening process doesn’t stop in the salon though, even the UV rays emitted by the sun continue to harden your Shellac. So in sunnier climates, the polish can last longer.

1) Protect

If you’re going to be washing dishes, scrubbing floors or gardening, you should reach for a pair of gloves to protect your nails and the delicate skin surrounding them. Wearing gloves is especially important if you’ll be using any harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach, which can cause the shellac to lift or chip at the edge of your nails. Once that’s happened (if you’re anything like our team at RY) you’ll want to call it a day and pick ’em all off to start from scratch. Leave that kind of behaviour in the past by protecting nails first!

2) Moisturise

Keeping your skin moisturised will extend the life of your shellac nails and keep your hands looking healthy and youthful. Use hand cream during the day (reapply as often as needed) and a richer cuticle oil at night before bed. The oil will treat your fingers overnight and keep nails from flaking for lack of moisture.

3) Use CND Solar Oil

CND or OPI cuticle oil has a synergistic blend of naturally light oils and Vitamin E, which is specifically designed to deeply penetrate and protect your nails. It keeps your nails and shellac polish tough and flexible, and repeated use drives oils much deeper into your natural nails, which maximises the benefits and reduces any chance of peeling. Using this product also helps moisturize the skin, nails, and cuticles, so our nail experts recommend that you use Solar oil approximately two times a day to help prevent dryness and keep your Shellac nails in crisp condition.

After 14 to 18 days (depending on how fast your nails grow) you’ll start to notice a bare nail area around your cuticles as your natural nails grow longer. At that point you should begin thinking about coming back to the salon for professional removal and reapply.

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