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.
Acetone (not just regular polish remover)
Foil squares (I cut mine about 4"x4")
Coarse nail file (optional)
Buff block (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.
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.)
Let your gel soak for 10-15 minutes.
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.
You might notice some leftover residue.
I like to use a buff block to gently smooth out the surface.
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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