After months of social distancing, chances are you’ve taken your bi-weekly gel nails manicure fix into your own hands. Earlier this year, when the nail salons closed, I purchased a whole gel nails kit and decided to give it a try.
I will say that it took some practice, but I’m starting to get the technique. I haven’t been to a salon since. Gel nails are a great alternative to your regular polish and can hold up to any #momlife, but are a little harder to remove.
Luckily, I was able to find all the salon staples necessary to remove your gel nail manicure without sacrificing your nails.
How to Remove Your Gel Nails at Home
What You’ll Need:
The most effective way to remove gel nails is with pure acetone. Acetone will break down the material making it easier to remove. You’ll also need a few additional items to make the process easier.
Here’s a few items that I use in this tutorial.
Step 1: Take Off The Topcoat
Use the nail file to take off the topcoat. This will make it easier for acetone to penetrate the layers underneath.
Step 2: Protect Your Skin
Since you will be soaking your fingertips in acetone, you’ll want to protect the skin. Smear a layer of vaseline on the skin and cuticles for extra protection.
Step 3: Soak Your Nails
There are two ways to go about soaking your nails in acetone. You could soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it on top of your nail. Then, using a strip of aluminum foil, wrap your finger to keep the cotton ball in place.
There are also small clips you can buy that hold the cotton balls in place. Or you could just fill a bowl with acetone; just enough to be able to submerge your fingertips.
Make sure you do not place the bowl of acetone in the microwave as it is highly flammable.
Step 4: Remove Polish & Buff Nails
After about 10-15 minutes, the polish should start to wither and detach from your nail bed. You can use a nail scrapper to further assist in removing the polish.
When you’re removing your gel nails at home, try to resist the urge to peel off the polish as you may damage your nail bed and need to repair them.
At this time, you can also clip your nails to the desired length. After all the polish is removed, you will want to use a buffer to gently buff your nails smooth.
Step 5: Wash Your Hands
Next, wash your hands with a mild soap. Your nails will be dry and need extra hydration.
Step 6: Hydrate Your Nail Beds & Prep For New Polish
Use nail or cuticle oil to massage onto your nail bed. You may want to give your nails a few days polish-free to give them a chance to recuperate. If you have to reapply polish, try waiting a few hours before reapplication.