Let me start by saying this post isn’t about slagging off Shellac. I LOVED the results and durability of Shellac, but having six back to back applications without a break completely ruined my nails.
I know there’ll be people reading this who have had successful Shellac manis back to back since it first ‘hit the scene’ (oh hi, have I become my mum?) who will disagree that Shellac is bad for your nails, but you know what? It was bad for MY nails. And I spent a heap of time on forums reading about other girls who had their nails ruined too.
I always had it removed in salons, I used Solar Oil, I only went to salons who were using CND products…but somewhere along the way my nails became sad. I used a number of salons so I can’t blame one particular one, but I did have a very dodgy removal from one girl who soaked my fingers in bowls of acetone than scraped the polish away with a metal scraper like her life depended on it. I felt like I was in a very middle class beauty edition of Saw. It was horrid. That one removal was probably the culprit, but maybe just having so many gel manis back to back full stop was the problem. We’ll never know.
But what I *did* know was that I needed major nail therapy to repair my nails back to their original strong healthy selves.
In come the superheroes…
Pre-Shellac I always used OPI’s Nail Envy Original as a base coat to my manis and I trust it as a true miracle product, so Nail Envy seemed the obvious place to turn to fix my nails. I asked OPI for some advice on a ‘routine’ and whether it was ok to wear normal nail polish as I went through the fixing process and this is what they recommended…
“Pick a day to start what will become your weekly cycle. On Day 1, apply a coat of Nail Envy Original as a base coat, then apply a coat of nail polish (optional), then apply a second coat of Nail Envy Original to act as a top coat. It doesn’t matter if you don’t put a layer of colour in between, as long as you get two coats of Nail Envy Original on Day 1. On Day 3, Day 5 and Day 7 apply one more coat of Nail Envy Original on top of everything. That’s your week done, at which point you start all over again but this time on Day 1 you make sure you’ve removed everything to start afresh. Keep this up until the bottle of Nail Envy Original runs out.”
As well as doing the above I cut my nails back really short to stop them ripping and breaking as they were so weak and I also started looking after my cuticles with OPI’s Avoplex oil (which has literally the nicest smell in the entire world btw).
Let’s see a handy before/after side by side comparison…
Yep, that’s pretty darn amazing!
AND I had a cheeky Jessica gel mani for holiday (I know that was bad of me but I only wore it for a week) and lived to tell the tale thanks to my Nail Envy obsession either side of the gels.
I’m always massively dubious about all the ‘miracle products’ in the beauty industry, but OPI’s Nail Envy really is one of them.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME MY HANDS BACK!