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DIY GEL REMOVAL

Proper gel removal is safe and easy to do at home,

and it's a great way to catch up on Netflix.

Here is a super-easy method

for gently removing gel polish on your own.

YOU'LL NEED:

  • Acetone (not just regular polish remover)

  • Cotton balls

  • Foil squares (I cut mine about 4"x4")

  • Orange stick

  • Coarse nail file (optional)

  • Buff block (optional)

STEP 1

(optional)

I like to use a coarse file to buff off the top shiny layer.

You DON'T want to buff the color off the nail--

this just helps minimize the time you need to soak.

STEP 2

Apply acetone to a cotton ball and place it on a nail.

Wrap the tip of your finger securely with a foil square.

Continue until you have robot hands.

(You might need help with your non-dominant hand.)

STEP 3

Let your gel soak for 10-15 minutes.

STEP 4

Remove the foil and cotton from one nail.

The gel should be flaking off.

Use an orange stick to gently push off the remaining gel--

DO NOT scrape or dent!

(THAT is what causes damaged nails, not the gel polish.)

If it's too resistant, re-wrap for 5-10 more minutes.

STEP 5

(optional)

You might notice some leftover residue.

I like to use a buff block to gently smooth out the surface.

STEP 6

Go wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Dry, then apply a ton of cuticle oil and/or lotion,

because acetone can really dry out your hands.

And that's it!

 

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