How to Remove Gel Nail Polish | Without Damaging Your Natural Nails


How to Remove Gel Nail Polish | No More Tearing Nails

There are many method on how to remove gel nail polish nowadays. Gel nails are durable, painted on nails that closely adhere to real nails. Most people will go to the salon to have them removed by a professional, but it could be easy to take them off at home by trying the following methods.

Soak Off the Gel Nails

Fill a bowlfull of acetone. Acetone is a common chemical that reacts with the gel nail to loosen its adhesive and free it from natural nail. In order to remove gels, you need a concentrated amount of pure acetone.

  1. SOAK: Get 10 pieces of cotton balls. Soak them in acetone and then lay them on the nail. Wrap foil square around the finger and let it sit. You may let it stay on for about 7 -10 minutes after you have finished the last one on your first hand. You may continue on the next hand.
  2. SCRAPE: Start scraping your gel nail off with the orange stick. It should fall right easily by now. Put it back in to soak longer if there’s some that seems hard to remove. NOTE:  Don’t unwrap the foil off, just pull it straight off the tip of your finger so it stays “cupped”. This is in case you need to slide your finger back in it for a few more minutes. You might not want to file or peel any of the gel off, so it is better to put it back in and let it sit for another minute or 2.
  3. WASH: Once all the gel color removed, you’ll most likely be left with little bit of a spotty clear layer which normally doesn’t come up with the acetone. I washed my hands thoroughly, then get my 4-sided buffer and smoothed it all out.Once I buffed my nails they were smooth with no divits or scratches. I then shaped my nails, rinsed the dust off and painted them as usual.



How to Remove Gel Nail Polish | Be Gentle to Your Nails

File Off the Nail Gels

  1. Trim your nails. Use a nail clipper to clip off the part of the nail that extends past your finger. Trim them as short as possible. If they are too thick to cut with a nail clipper, use a course file to trim them down.
  2. File down the surface of the nails. Use a coarse-grit file between 150 and 180 grit. File gently. Wipe dust away frequently. This will allow you to clearly see how much more gel there is to go before you hit natural nail.
  1. User a finer-grit to file the remaining gel. At this stage you would need to work slowly and gently to make sure you don’t file the surface of your natural nail. Continue until the gels have been completely filed away.
  2. Condition your nails. User a buffer to smooth the surfaces of your nails, which may have become scratched from the filing process. Moisturize your nails and hands with lotion or oil, and keep them away from chemicals and other harsh substances for a few days. Wait a week before applying another set of gels.

This last method to share on how to remove gel nail polish will need longer waiting time.

Peel Off the Nail Gels

  1. Wait until gel nails are mostly chipped away. This method will reduce damage to the surface of your nail because gels tend to chip off after a week or two, and its best to wait until they’re mostly gone to start peeling them yourself.
  2. Gently insert a cuticle stick under the surface of a gel. Work it gently under the gel until the gel is slightly raised around the edge. Make sure you do not dig too hard under the gel, or you may damage your natural nail.
  3. Peel off the gel. Use a tweezer or your finger to grasp the edge of the gel and peel it back. Remove the gels completely by repeating same steps on each finger. Remember not to rip off the gels. A layer of your natural nail will come up with them. Consider using another removal method if the gel is too hard to remove.
  4. Smoothen and Condition your nails. Use a file to smooth out the edges, and use a nail buffer to smooth out the rough spots on the surface of your nails. Apply lotion / oil / nail serum that strengthens nails and cuticles on your nails (Julep Mighty™ Nail & Cuticle Serum $22). Best to wait a week or two before applying another set of gels.

Always be gentle to your nails when applying any of the method above on how to remove gel nail polish.


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