How to Remove Gel Manicure at Home? Gel manicures are one of the sorted over things in the arena of manicures. In this type of manicure, the nails are trimmed, soaked and filed just like normal manicure but the difference is created by the use of nail paints. In normal manicures, regular nail paints, base, and top coats are used but in gel nails, a special type of nail paints are required. These nail paints dry under the UV light or specially made LED lights. This particular manicure does not glue up to any fake nails or anything like acrylic nails but it gives a long-lasting non-chip finish using the quick drying gel nail paints. There are multiple reasons behind the crazy fan following of gel nails. Firstly, gel nails are much faster to acquire; just 2-3 minutes of LED or UV light exposure would make your nails ready! Secondly, this manicure lasts 2-3 weeks easily without any chip where the most expensive chip-resistant nail paints only last up to a week or so.
Although gel nails look really cute and classy, it is not a good practice to keep the manicure on for more than 3 weeks. Removing gel nail paint is a task in itself as normal nail paint remover liquids fall short to get rid of this manicures. The removal process is quite a time consuming and tricky. Still, you can easily do it at home instead of paying hundreds to the parlor lady just to get rid of your manicure. You just need a few easily available tools and patience for this. Here I am going to show a way to remove a gel manicure at home with minimum damage.
# Things You will Need
You will need just 5 items to remove gel nails successfully;
- Cotton ball or cotton pads
- 100% pure acetone solution (cheaper option and works better) or gel nail paint remover solution
- Nail buffer block with smoother and gritty sides
- Aluminum foils
- A cuticle pusher tool or orangewood stick
- Nourishing hand cream or cuticle oil
# How to Do It:
This process is for those who would like to remove their gel nails with minimum damage in the nail bed and the thin and sensitive skin around their nails. This process works well on 2-3 weeks old gel nails.
- Buff your nails with the gritty side of your nail buffer. This step would remove the top coat and roughen the surface of the gel nail paint. This, in turn, will make the next steps quicker and less damaging.
- Once your nails are all buffed, proceed to the next step. Make small cotton balls out of the big cotton ball you have taken. Soak them in the acetone solution until they are saturated with the liquid.
- Place the acetone saturated balls over the nails and apply a little bit of moisturizer or cuticle oil. Finally, wrap the nail in small rectangular pieces of aluminum foil. Acetone is a very drying substance. It dries up the cuticle and sensitive skin around the nails. Use of moisturizer keeps the skin nourished and lessens the damage.
- Keep the nails foil wrapped for 10-15 minutes. You can also wrap a towel or plastic bag around your nails to build up slight warmth so that the acetone penetrates better.
- When the wait time is over, the gel nail paint should loosen up to some extent. Using the cuticle pusher tool or the orangewood stick, scrape off the nail paint gently without putting too much pressure. Lightly buff to get rid of the remaining bits and pieces of nail paint. If some stubborn parts of nail paint still remain to repeat the 2nd and 3rd step.
- Finally, wash your hands with clean water to remove the excess acetone and buffed remains of nail paint and apply an ample amount of hand cream or cuticle oil. Do not apply another coat of nail paint immediately. Wait for 2-3 days to avoid dry and brittle nails.
# Pro Tip:
- Keep minimum 3-4 weeks gap between two subsequent gel manicures
- Those, who have done gel nails just a week before, have more stubborn gel nail paints. In this case, this process would take more than an hour of time and the result won’t be that satisfactory. It will be best to dip your nails directly in the acetone solution instead of wrapping.