Recently I was getting my nails done and she talked me into getting a gel manicure. I had never gotten one before and decided to give it a try. At first, I was happy with the results. With the amount of wear and tear I give my hands on a regular basis, I’m usually lucky if my manicure lasts a few days. The gel manicure was looking the same on day 4 and I loved it.
But then it happened, there was an air bubble in the thumb that smudged. I’m a polish picker so when something is off, I got nuts. Low and behold, I took a huge piece of polish off.
After that I knew I had to remove the rest. I could have gone to the salon and paid to have them do it but I didn’t have the time and didn’t want to spend the money to do something I can do myself. This method takes time, but it saves your nails because just picking and peeling this off with destroy your natural nail. This is also the reason that this will be my first and last gel manicure. This recent article only strengthened my resolve. But it was time to take this off, here’s how I did it.
1) File off the Gel Seal
The first thing you need to do is lightly file off that shiny top coat, make sure you have a powdery finish. The top coat is what’s keeping the manicure lasting so long so you have to break that seal up.
Make sure you have a high level acetone nail polish remover, at least 90% or higher. Soak a cotton pad in the polish, place on nail and wrap in foil to keep in place. Soak for at least 15 minutes to loosen the polish. If easier, you can also just put your nails right in a bowl of remover and soak them that way.
3) Remove Polish
Remove cotton pads and use a wooden stick to remove the polish. If it doesn’t come off easily, don’t scrape, repeat step 2 for another 10 minutes.
Once the polish is gone, wash your hands well to get rid of any remaining acetone and then apply a nail moisturizer to replenish nails.
If you want to get another gel manicure, it’s recommended that you give your nails some time to recover before doing it again. This really beats up your nails.