I know you will absolutely LOVE your nails while you are wearing Shellac and I expect your nails to last up 14 days on hands and longer on toes as long as you give them a little care and attention during that time.
We say that Shellac is pretty indestructible with normal wear and tear, which means you have to add a little protection to your nails if doing tough jobs like household cleaning and gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands, or using harsh chemical products without wearing gloves; doing these things without protection may cause your Shellac nails to peel or chip.
If you are on holiday, please be careful when using suntan lotion and insect repellent solutions as many of these products contain solvent oils, which will cause major damage to the Shellac colour coat.
Some of the more delicate Shellac colours can fade somewhat if one is in chlorinated water followed by excessive sun (remember that chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action). Dry your hands and nails after swimming and before sunbathing to minimise any colour fading.
Please use Cuticle oil at least twice a day (especially at night before going to bed) to replace lost moisture to your skin and nails. Regularly using aftercare products will substantially prolong the life of your Shellac manicure and keep your natural nails and the skin surrounding them healthy, moisturised and flexible.
Relative to your lifestyle and activity level, your Shellac will need fortnightly or three weekly maintenance as there will be obvious re-growth. At this point I can Re-Shellac your nails (removing existing Shellac and re-applying a fresh new colour).
It’s gently removed in 10 minutes in the salon. If you don’t have time to come in to have them professionally removed then it can be done at home using acetone soaked cotton pads and wrapping the nails in foil- Please do not pick the shellac off as this will cause damage to your natural nails.