Get Yo' Nails Did

Get Yo' Nails Did

There are two nail looks that people have been asking me about for ages: That nail polish that crackles when laid atop your favorite color (see: The Katy Perry for O.P.I. collection) and Sally Hansen Salon FX Strips.

I have tried the Sally Hansen jawns a few times now with varying results. The first time I did them they lasted for two weeks. The second time they chipped the second day I had them on, but I decided to try it a third time because I finally found the design of my dreams at Target: Houndstooth.

Little known Molls Fact: I was a HUGE Gwen Stefani fan for years. I mean, I still am, but in college my screenname was GwenStefwannabeX. That should tell you something, and if that doesn’t tell you something, then maybe consider the fact that I’ve seen No Doubt live five times.

Whenever I see houndstooth, my immediate reaction is “GWEN!” and I’ve been seeking these particular Sally Hansen joints ever since I found out they made them.

I have to admit that I was tempted to show off these Nail Couture self-adhesive nail stickers before I committed to the houndstooth, but I realized that these are something that will be a little bit more difficult to find than the Sally Hansen brand, which I’ve found at both Rite-Aid and Target. Expect me to show these off in the future, though.

The first thing I did was remove my old nail polish before taking a moment to scratch Wagandstuff’s head before I chopped all my nails off. They were long and looking okay, but they were feeling slightly frail and I felt like houndstooth would look best on a shorter nail. Remember your animals and loved ones that need to be scratched, my friends.

I chopped my nails off, and this is what they looked like before I filed them. I went short, short, short and then I cleaned the bejesus out of them.

For a little less than ten bucks, the kit comes with everything you need. You get an orange stick for pushing back your cuticles, and a file that preps your nails and will later help you remove the excess nail sticker.

I have magical girlfriends who’ve told me that they can use these two packages that come in a single box as two separate manicures, but I have yet to figure out how to do this. I use one on each hand and then have a couple left over from each box that don’t fit on any of my nails.

Once you’ve filed your nails to the shape of your liking and then buffed them with the grey side of the nail file that comes in the package, you swab your fingers down with nail polish remover one more time and then start to stickin’.

This is what it looks like once you’ve checked to make sure that the sticker is the size of your nail, applied it and are waiting to scrape off the excess. Yes, you totally just scrape off all the extra using downward motions and the orange part of the nail file they gave you in the box.

This is what your first nail should look like when it’s done. Pretty cute, huh? You kinda want to keep going, huh?

And this is the finished product. I think it’s pretty cute. Ignore my left pinky, that one just has a little bit of extra sticker on it and will be fixed, but overall? TIGHT, MOLLS. TIGHT NAIL GAME.

This option is definitely better than having to hand paint houndstooth and it’s sure to be a hit at my next social gathering (aka, when we all meet around someone’s desk at the office to talk about what happened on So You Think You Can Dance the night before.) I’m thinking these ones might be my favorite and most long-lasting attempt at the Sally Hansen faux-Minx look so far and that probably has something to do with the fact that I read the directions. And now you’re reading my directions, you know? Damn, Molls… why you gotta be so accessible!?

Be sure to note that while these may peel off eventually, they’ll also come off with a liberal amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball and some elbow grease.

What’s your experience with Sally Hansen Salon FX? Do you have a favorite design or a better solution? Hit me up in the comments or at and let me know what you’ve tried and if you have any fancy tricks that may make this process even easier.

  • Beth Curry

    I’ve never seen these, but they look a lot easier to use than a Konad plate. Maybe I’ll go look for some!

  • Roxanne Portugal

    Love them!!!!!! & Ita that they look best w/short nails!!!!

  • Laura Enns

    I used that one last week! It was my favourite and will definitely be happening again and again and again! They lasted a week before there was another episode of True Blood and, as is tradition, my bestie and I watched it, drank a lot and re-did our nails. I got a LOT of compliments on them. Sometimes I told the truth, but mostly, I just said I did it with a REALLY LITTLE BRUSH and a steady hand.

  • Liliana Greenberg

    i put salon effects and remover pads in my bag when i travel. that way, if my mani gets jacked up while i’m on vaycay, i can fix it in 20mins and keep on partying!

  • Mandy Keener

    sweet. i have been stalking these at the target…now it’s time to get stickin’

  • Mango Iolas

    Love these. The glitter colors are my favorite.

    Ladies, save your leftover strips! You can slice them up, and use them to patch chips and scuffs.

    Using the smooth side of the file, you can press the patches down firmly, smoothing out the seam, and slightly stretching it across the nail. It’ll bond with the existing strip, and in most cases, you can’t even tell that there is a patch.

    Just remember to work quickly, as soon as you remove the strip from the film, it starts to cure and harden up.

    I have even chopped up several different colors and done patchwork nails before!

  • Bonnie Jane

    My friend a way that you can get the nail styles from Sally Hanson for $6!

  • Kristy Morrison

    Crazy I just happened upon these things this weekend myself after seeing the zebra pattern on a friend’s nails. So I wanted to do them with my daughter the next day and got solid hot pink and the springy cute flower pattern. I’m surprised I didn’t think of conserving them though, that’s a great idea! I like to do my nails with one finger on each hand a different color…so I did the ring finger on left hand in hot pink and the rest flowers, index finger on right hand in hot pink, etc. The flowers are so cute but when I got them on they reminded me of Easter candy and bunnies lol. Think I’ll try the zebra or houndstooth next.

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  • Kelley Leagan

    I too bought the houndstooth because it’s my favorite design and makes me think of Gwen. Love them! I figured with the few strays that are left over you can always use them on one nail as an accent.

  • Alyssa Galella

    Obsessed with these! I don’t even get manicures anymore because I love them so much. Can’t wait til they come out with more colors/patterns. The gold/black fishnet pattern and the bright orange color are my fave.

  • Sarah Mihalus

    I’ve had a package for a while and haven’t tried them yet, but now I can’t wait! The crackle nailpolish is tight, I used it over green polish and it look way cool. My best friend insisted that I buy it for her graduation present.

  • Lucile Hecht

    here is what I wrote about the nail strips on my nail polish blog:

    They held up really well for me and I got SO MANY COMPLIMENTS! I almost made a t-shirt explaining what they were and how they work because so many people asked me.

  • Maria Jose Rojas

    these look so freakin awesome!!! I ‘ve never seen them here in Venezuela,but I vow to look for them incessantly and apply asap!! Thank you for such a great post :)

  • Erin Long

    Zebra and houndstooth are my favorites by far of the Sally Hansen. I found a “Nail Fraud” brand of nail decals and got them because they were scull and crossbones but they didn’t last nearly as long. Chipped almost immediately and then got too destroyed keep after less than a week. Just tried Sally Hansen instra-dry nail polish and THAT’S awesome too. That Sally…

  • Marisa Asbury

    i just used these last night after reading this post, and they really were pretty easy and fun to use. i love not having a “waiting around, not touching anything, drying time”. i cut each strip in half, and saved the other half of the strips for next time. i also put a top coat on, so hopefully these will last for awhile! i do looove these little babies!

  • Alli Woods Frederick

    I rocked the houndstooth about 2 months ago and ♥ed it. My, what excellent taste you have!

  • Kate Rajala Tornese

    I use these and LOVE them – I have “Violet Night” (neon purple) on my hands and the Limited Edition “Don’t Get Catty” (neon pink leopard print) on my toes. With care (and my very small toenails) I can get a full set of 10 fingers and 10 toes out of one pod of the 2-pod package…. abracadabra!

  • Cait Quinn

    Put a layer of clear non chip nail polish on top of the Sally Hansen decals and they’ll stay on a lot longer!

  • Jessica Day

    I’m trying the “laced up” ones right now. Can’t decide if I love or hate them..

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