My nails tend to be on the dry peely side. I had shellac from my local salon or about 6 months. When I had them taken off my nails were thin, dry, and peeling. I believe this was because of two things: the drying out of my nails from soaking in acetone so long and often, and the nail tech scraping off the polish. Even my nail tech said when they do their own nails they give themselves a week long break in between every few manicures to let their nails return to their normal state, and apply lots of cuticle oil and creams.
I'm doing the same thing with gelshine, I'm only doing two manicures in a row and then giving my nails a break while applying loads of cuticle oil to moisturize.
I don't think gelshine would necessarily have the same drying effect on everyone, it just depends on your body chemistry and nails, but because I know mine tend to dry out I'm taking extra precautions.
I was curious as well. I bought the system last week, put on the coral color (I'm wired) and couldn't wait to remove to find out how easy it was before I added more colors to my collection. I put the opi nail remover wraps on my nails soaked with remover and after 15 mins removed. I was surprised that when I unwrapped the nail the polish just flipped up, pretty much in one piece. I really didn't need to use the cuticle pusher to scrape it off, it just popped off. My nails were fine, no damage. Seemed a little stained from the color, but using the buffing block lightly that came off. Applied cuticle oil and was good to go. I've had two shellac manicures at the salon and on the second trip the nail tech said my nails were thinning, I believe that was because they would on wrap my nails for 5 mins then scrape/sand off the polish. Seemed a little much. Very happy with the easy removal on this product and hope I don't see thinning again.
answered 10 months ago
(San Francisco, CA)
They don't damage your nail if you remove them correctly. If you don't follow the directions for removal then you will end up with paper thin nails. Also, I like to take a week with no Gel after about 2 months because at about 2 months, the gel starts to chip off much faster.