After doing Shellac on my nails for my wedding back in 2011, my nails became very weak and brittle and would break once they grew to a decent length. I then started doing gel, however, because my real nails were so weak, the gel would start chipping after a week. Not to mention that gel refills take about an hour and set you back around $50!
I then was determined to repair them. My manicurist recommended Duri Rejuvacote which is strong enough to repair nails damaged from acrylic! In the beginning, I used it as a base coat and then applied it as a top coat daily. Once you start seeing noticeable results, you can start applying it as a top coat every other day.
Like all good things, this too takes time to start seeing major results. You should start noticing visible results in a month and your nails should be significantly better after 3 months.
I am currently using this as my base coat and bring it with me whenever I get my nails done. My nails have come such a long way that a manicure with regular nail polish lasts up to a week (if not longer). People often ask me if it’s gel or shellac. I’ll apply it as a top coat once or twice in between my nail polish change.
I bought this from my local nail salon but it’s sold everywhere online – just a quick google search away.
You only need a manicure if you have bad cuticles and hang nails. If you push down your cuticles regularly, the need for manicures will decline significantly. I usually just get my nail polish changed once a week where they cut, file, buff and apply nail polish. This runs me about $7-$10, much cheaper than Shellac or Gel! As a result, I only get a manicure every month or month and a half now. Also, the nail polish brand makes a big difference in how long your nail polish lasts. I love OPI, Deborah Lippmann and Inglot. I find other brands like China Glaze and Essie, although they have great colors, the nail polish chips much faster.