Omg! These nail salon stories always sound so horrible! Here in Poland we have really good nail technicians,they use these like 'milling machines' to take off gel, I even do it myself at home, as well as gel manicure. Btw-You look absolutely gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️
For the anti-chip recommendation, I think your top coat is fine but maybe try a bonding/sticking base coat along with it! I use the ORLY Bonding base coat and that REALLY helps the polish adhere to your nail with minimal chipping!
Writing this just so people know: they ARE NOT supposed to soak your nails in acetone, this is Victorian practice, unhealthy to an uncomfortable degree. Opt for efile, and if your salon only does the acetone soak – RUN. Seriously, as fast as you can.
I call them soft drink… I'm in Australia though… also i feel you with that nail stuff. I got my nails done a while ago and it lasted for a month i swear they super glued the sns down. It hurt alot… but they are gone now. My nails are so brittle and sore now