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How To Remove Shellac Nail Polish

How To Remove Shellac Nail Polish Tutorial

If you happen to be tempted to start picking at your shellac polish in order to remove it, please don't. Shellac Nail Polish has a proper removal method that is super easy, doesn't involve any files, and does not damage your nails!

What You Will Need To Remove Shellac Nail Polish

The supplies are really simple for removing shellac nail polish. In fact you can do it at home! Here are the supplies that you [pwal id="31133929" description="To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below! It is so easy and free! All you have to do is share this page."]need.

  1. Pure Acetone

  2. Shellac Wraps or Cotton Balls & Tin Foil

  3. Orange Wood Sticks

Knowing how to remove shellac nails is important. The removal process is different than other salon nail services. In fact it is easy and it does not damage the nails.

Shellac Removal -(Detailed Instructions Provided By CND)

  1. Have the client wash their hands with liquid soap and
    warm water. Towel dry.

  2. Massage CoolBlue™ into your client’s hands to sanitize.

  3. Wrap each finger with a Shellac Remover Wrap

    1. Saturate the cotton pad on the Shellac Remover Wrap
      with pure acetone. Place wrap under the finger
      with the edge of the cotton pad underneath the
      free edge of the nail

    2. Fold the cotton pad over the top of the nail.

    3. Wrap the long tab around the finger, ensuring
      a snug fit.

    4. Secure wrap with the adhesive tab.

  4. Leave the Shellac Remover Wrap on the finger for ten minutes.

  5. Securely grip each finger and apply slight pressure to the fingernail.

  6. Using a twisting motion, pull the Shellac Remover Wrap and product from the fingernail.
    If a significant amount of Shellac remains on the nail (due to extended wear or other unique
    situations), rewrap the nail and allow acetone to penetrate a few more minutes.

  7. If necessary, gently slide off any remaining product with an orangewood stick. Be careful
    not to scrape away the surface layers of the natural nail plate.

  8. Rub the nail with a plastic-backed, lint-free pad soaked with acetone to remove any
    product residue

A special thanks to CND for providing such an easy to follow How to remove Shellac Nails tutorial!

If you have any other questions on how to remove shellac nails, please leave a comment below.

7 Responses to How To Remove Shellac Nail Polish

  1. Jane sanders on April 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Excellent blog right here! I was just searching for this information for a while.Very effectively written information.There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

    Jane Sanders
    Gel nails

  2. Serene on April 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Wow you arent fishing for likes at all are you :/

    • polishpedia
      polishpedia on April 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm


      I spend a lot of time putting together the video tutorials on this site so that others can enjoy them for free. Pay with a like is a simple way for the user to show their appreciation for the tutorial without paying any money.

      I hope you liked the video tutorial!

      ~Jocelyn (Nail Artist @ Polishpedia)

  3. Rachel. on February 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Normal nail polish remover
    Soak for minute at a time
    File and repeat till all shellac has gone

  4. Khyati on January 30, 2013 at 4:26 am

    How to remove Shellac nail polish from Acrylic extensions at home?? I don’t want to spend time and money by going to a salon and have it filed off!

  5. randie on December 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    if i get shillac nails can i remove the polish color and paint them a different color without taking off the shillac?

    • polishpedia
      polishpedia on December 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm


      I am a little confused with your question. Shellac is the entire system including the base coat, color coats, and top coat. You can use basic polish on top of those combined products and remove it and then paint on another color of regular polish.

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