August 13, 2013

DIY: How To Remove Shellac At Home

Shellac nails are awesome, they're super shiny and stay chip-free for weeks, but the removal process can be a hassle. Personally I hate the fact that you have to go into a salon to have them removed. Using similar techniques to a salon you can easily remove them yourself at home without ruining your nails.

Things You'll Need
  • Cotton Pads
  • 100% Pure Acetone
  • Tinfoil cut into small pieces
  • Nail file or cuticle pusher


  • Soak a cotton pad in acetone and then place it on (or wrap it around, depending on the size) your nail. Secure the cotton by tightly wrapping each nail with tinfoil, making sure to fold the ends up to prevent drips.
  • Let soak for 25 minutes.

  • After 25 minutes remove the tinfoil and cotton and you should see the shellac has flaked and peeled away from your nail.
  • Using the edge of a nail file or cuticle pusher gently push the shellac off your nail. Be careful you are not scraping the shellac off your nail if it is still bonded, as this will remove the top layers of your nail.

  • If the shellac does not fully remove, re-soak cotton and place back on nail with tinfoil for a few more minutes.
  • Once most of the shellac has been removed, remove any remaining spots with acetone on a cotton pad using firm wiping motions (as you would remove regular nail polish).
  • At this point you can buff your nails if you wish, but acetone can weaken them so I tend to skip this step until the next time I paint my nails and instead use more nourishing treatments like Essie's Smooth Trick cuticle oil and Deborah Lippmann's Rehydrating base coat.

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