Removing Gel Manicures

Gel Manicure

When I first started getting gel manicures regularly, I thought I’d discovered heaven. A manicure that actually stayed for two weeks? No way! But after time, my nails started to get so paper thin underneath that I was forced to stop getting them done all together. Now, I give my nails some time to breath between manicures and get gel manicures done way less frequently.

I am not always the most patient when it comes to getting the gel manicures taken off however. I’ve found that removing them the wrong way can leave your poor nails in a world of hurt. Follow these steps to remove your gel manicure as painlessly as possible:

First, get your hands on a nail file, the grittier, the better. Start by buffing off the top gel layer, leaving the nail feeling matte and gritty.

Next, soak a cotton ball in a generous amount of acetone. Place it squarely on the fingernail, as tight as you can against the nail. Do the whole hand’s worth of nails and, if you’re able, your other hand as well.

After about 30 minutes, you should notice some flakes beginning to shed off of your nails. Push the polish off your nailbed horizontally and gently. Instead of digging into the nail on those stubborn spots, douse cotton balls in more acetone and continue to soak the nail until it comes off gently.

The healthier your nails are, the better your results are going to be with this process. And definitely do not peel the gel off of your nails. It’s tempting, but you’ll just make more problems for your nails in the long run.