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No-Chip Manicure Review and Removal

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How To Remove a No Chip Manicure – Safely

The no-chip manicure is an awesome alternative to acrylic or gel nails. There is no sanding down of your natural nail and no fake tips put on. And if you remove the nail properly it doesn’t damage your real nail.

The no-chip manicure has had women flocking to nail salons everywhere for the last two years. It is amazing new technology that uses UV lighting to set and dry the nails in just minutes. When you walk out of the salon doors your nails are 100% dry. How awesome is that?  I am ALWAYS ruining my mani/pedi’s before even stepping out of the salon. I usually rub the polish off by fishing around for my debit card.

The manicure is supposed to last anywhere from 2-3 weeks with, you guessed it, no chipping. I got my first no-chip manicure on June 21 at Bravia Nail Salon in Oswego and they were gorgeous [pictured above].

I chose the french manicure so my nails were an additional $5, bringing my total for the no-chip manicure to $45. From what I’ve read and heard about the no-chip the general price ranges from about $40-$50. One of the cons to this type of manicure is the price. A regular set of acrylic nails will run you about $25-35 for a full set, generally.

Don’t let the price turn you off. Despite the fact that one of my no-chip nails actually chipped within 24hrs, I still stand behind the no-chip and prefer it to acrylics. Let me add that I am no stranger to acrylic nails and I’ve had them dozens of times. Every single time, my nails looked unhealthy, thin, and severely damaged after removing the acrylic.

My index finger had a tiny chip it in the following morning after my no-chip manicure. How? I have no idea. But it was hardly noticeable and all of the other nails stayed chip-free for 2 weeks. However, by the third week they had chipped and they looked hideous. [pictured right].

I decided that after 23 days I would remove them and get back to my natural nails.

First, I peeled them. Big NO-NO! I already knew that it was a bad idea to peel them but for the sake of my lovely readers I sacrificed a few layers of my nail to test what would happen when peeled. Well, it wasn’t pretty. As expected when you peel off the no-chip it peels off some of your nail. However, it still doesn’t damage as much as acrylic would.

After that, I scoured the internet and found the easiest and safest way to remove my nails without having to return to the salon.

Here is what you will need:

Cotton balls

10 aluminum foil squares

Acetone based nail polish remover

Cuticle Pusher (I have two pictured, just to give you an idea of what you could use)

Step 1: Soak the cotton ball with the acetone

Step 2: Place the cotton ball on your nail bed and wrap with aluminum foil square. Repeat for all nails. 

Step 3: Once you’ve covered your nails allow them to sit for at least 10 minutes. 

Step 4: After 10 minutes your nail should be softer. Using your cuticle pusher, start to scrap off the no-chip polish. It may look like I’m scraping off my natural nail but I assure it is all polish. If you are having problems getting it off allow your nails to soak a while longer.


Complete. I filed my nails and clipped them before taking this picture. Are they completely undamaged? Yes. No layers of my nail bed were hurt in this process. 🙂 Shortly after taking this picture, I buffed my nails and scrubbed them to get any remaining residue from the manicure off and they are completely back to normal.

 I would highly recommend this manicure if you are looking for a natural looking alternative to acrylic nails. I would have gotten them redone but seeing as my hands are mainly used to clean poopy diapers all day, I didn’t see a need. For any special occasion though, I will be right back at Bravia Nails for a no-chip manicure, that’s for sure!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sandra @ The Sensible Mom July 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Cool, Sarah! Your nails looked so pretty. While I’m not into getting my nails done….I don’t ever like wearing fake nails or having my nails too long because I wear contacts, this post does remind me that I need to paint my nails and toenails. 🙂 I used to be a regular at this, but got out of the habit, and, well, my nails could be prettier.

    Glad you are blogging more!

    • Reply Rae July 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Sandra! I never have the time to paint my nails so it pretty much doesn’t happen unless I go to a nail salon, which is something I don’t do too often. I’m trying out a new budget system with my finances and, frankly, nails aren’t in the budget!

      I’ve been tinkering around with my blog these last few days. I’ve been doing a lot of research on widgets and there is a whole lot to learn! I envy your knowledge on web design. But I know I don’t have the patience or the time to learn it all. So, I’m sure I’ll have a list of questions for you soon 🙂

      I really wanted to start blogging more and I’ve noticed that the more I blog, the more traffic I get… shocker haha. So I’ll be definitely be trying to post more regularly. Nap time has become blogging time. 🙂 Hope all you guys are doing well.

  • Reply Sandra @ The Sensible Mom July 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I just read your comment, and I’m glad you’ll be blogging more often. 🙂 Blogging is definitely something that can be hard to fit into life, but nap time is a good time to do it right now in the season of life that you are in.

    For me, it’s either late at night or sporadically during the day when I’m not working on something or not reading someone else’s blog. 🙂

    You can ask me any web design questions you want! We’ve been blessed to have steady work coming in all this year and more and more people are finding us in surprisingly different ways. We’re booked til the end of this month already.

    Glad to see you more on social media, too! That’ll be great for your blog!

    Hope to see you tomorrow on Skype.

    Sandra 🙂

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