Having nicely manicured and polished nails is not something that I do ALL the time, but when I do take the time I like to make sure that the polish is going to last for a while. I am SUPER rough on my hands and most polish is chipping off within a day or so. When shellac or gel nails came out, I was super excited because this polish will stay on for a good two weeks with NO chipping. It is perfect for a special occasion or just when you want to get pretty 🙂 One thing I do NOT like about shellac manicures is the cost. Most places you are going to pay at least $35 for a gel or shellac manicure. Yikes! But, there is a way to get them for much cheaper! You can make your own DIY cheap at home manicure with shellac and it stays on just as long as if you go to the salon! Score!
One thing to note, getting all of the shellac supplies to start is a bit costly. But ends up being MUCH cheaper than going into a salon regularly to get your manicure done.
Supplies for your DIY cheap at home manicure with shellac:
Remover about $17
250 Remover Wraps about $20
Prep Scrub Fresh $13
Cuticle Oil $9
Base Coat about $25
Top Coat about $16
Color about $16
UV lamp about $150
Your initial total for supplies (don’t freak out yet!) will be around $250. Yes, that is a lot of money! However, you can get at least 20 manicures out of those supplies making them $12.50 apiece. About $22 LESS THAN a salon!
Also, the UV lamp is a one time expense. The scrub and base coats also last for more than 20 manicures, so as you buy more color at $16 a bottle over time your price per manicure will continue to decrease.
At 40 manicures, you will probably have to buy more wraps, top coat and color. But your other supplies will still be good. Making it more around $7 per manicure. This is SUPER cheap! AND they last at least 2 weeks!
Giving yourself DIY at home manicure may seem hard to do at first, but it’s really simple! You’ll just file your nails the way you like them and then you add each coat as instructed by Shellac – prep scrub, base coat, color coats and top coat. Then rub off excess with alcohol. I can usually knock out my fingers and toes in about 30 minutes!