View Full Version : What to do about Orly Gel FX & Shellac?
17-07-12, 09:37 AM
Hi well I started out with shellac then decided to try orly gel fx I love it the colours are nice and it's easier for me to go to the wholesalers and pick it up than order . BUT it's so hard to get off I'm having real trouble with it it takes about half an hour to soak off and even then I have to scrap the last bits off It's not doing my clients nails much good and me no favours I've bout the led lamp and a load of colours and it's such an expense if I now swap back to shellac but I see no option shellac goes on and off so easy . The orly is taking so long to get off that some clients have taken to peeling it off before I arrive I must say the ones that peel it have better nails than the ones that don't! What decision do I make!! Aaaaggghhh :sad:
17-07-12, 10:03 AM
I'm sure there are geeks on here who use it who can give you advice on removal, I just wanted to say that I had the demo from grafton's rep and had to grow most of it off because I couldn't get it off! I loved the look and wear but never invested because of removal.
17-07-12, 10:16 AM
We use orly gelfx at out salon and I agree it's a nightmare to remove we block out 30mins some tips are to make sure you are only leaving the remover for 10 mins start on little finger of clients right hand file, soak, wrap and so on with each finger and by the time you have done all of them Is normally time to remove then unwrap one at a time if this still doesn't help stick the wrapped fingers in heated mitts for five minutes also just make sure you are only applying primer to the very tip of the nail
04-12-12, 06:04 PM
I have a heated bean bag that I wrap In a towel and place on fingers once they're in the foils....seems to help
05-12-12, 07:26 AM
. The orly is taking so long to get off that some clients have taken to peeling it off before I arrive I must say the ones that peel it have better nails than the ones that don't! What decision do I make!! Aaaaggghhh :sad:
This is exactly what I have noticed too! Why is that??
It is a nightmare to remove. I have found the more I buff off the top coat the harder it is to get off too. Anything left on the nail (if I get anything off) goes grainy and hard and there is no way it's coming off unless I physically remove it! I LOVE the durability, look and shine of it though, much more than ACG which surprised me. ACG goes on heaps thinner though which I keep getting told is better, but it doesn't last the same for me as Gel FX. It has a really lustrous look. I have gotten heaps of new clients from offering gel polish and the only thing that bugs them is the removal time!I personally don't like a super thin look and want my finished nails to look as good as possible. I can't compromise on that just for removal. Good to know I'm not the only one struggling with it. ;)
05-12-12, 09:47 AM
I think the price of them lasting so well (which they do!) comes with hard removal. Reminds me of OPI Axxium. The last few sets I'd done, I skipped out on the primer altogether (unless the client had really bendy, weak free edge)and kept every coat really, really thin (it's hard considering how forgiving this stuff is... I mean you can pile it on and it'll still look good). A little heat during the removal process helps a bit (can use mitts or heated wheat bags), and really saturating the pads with the remover from the kit also helps because regular acetone just doesn't seem to work as well.
30-12-12, 11:52 AM
I find it easy to remove? I start with the left thumb - file top layer off add gel remover to lint free pad and place on the nail wrap quickly with foil and I am on to the next finger when I have finished the little finger on the right hand I then go back to left thumb and it's ready to just push off . Hope this helps x
27-01-13, 09:06 PM
I have exactly the same trouble, but I love the stuff! Lol although just putting the primer on the free edge could be useful, will definately be trying that one! X