How do I get the shellac product off my nails?

Written by kristin n. fitzgerald
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How do I get the shellac product off my nails?
While a professional must apply Shellac, you can remove it at home. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Creative Nail Design, or CND, introduced their Shellac product in May 2010. The company spent five years creating the "first hybrid nail colour," a cross between a UV gel and regular polish. While Shellac prevents the scratches, chips and smudges common to ordinary nail polishes, it does require a special removal process.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cotton pads or balls
  • Aluminium foil, cut into small strips
  • 100% acetone
  • Small bowl
  • Orange stick

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  1. 1

    Pour about 1/2 cup of acetone into the bowl.

  2. 2

    Place the cotton pads into the acetone and allow them to soak for about 20 seconds.

  3. 3

    Place a soaked cotton pad directly on the nail and wrap tightly with the aluminium foil. Repeat with each nail.

  4. 4

    Keep the nails wrapped for at least 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove the aluminium foil and the cotton pad. Remove any remaining gel by gently rubbing it off with an orange stick.

Tips and warnings

  • You must use 100% acetone to remove gel-based polishes like Shellac. Normal polish remover will not work.

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