Hello friend! Have you recently ripped your nail when trying to remove gel nail polish? Then you are left wondering, must I always go to the salon? I know the pain you feel every time you hurt your cuticles when trying to remove it from your finger nails. Well, I have a solution for you. A practical way on how to remove gel nail polish at home!
ACTION STEPS ON HOW TO REMOVE GEL NAIL POLISH.
The following steps were identified on how to remove gel nail polish.
- Saturate the absorbent pad intensely with acetone nail polish remover and put on top of nail.
- Wrap each of your nails with aluminum foil or masking tape. A tight grip is vital for effective removal. Soak for 15 min.
- Lift each of the foils gently and check if the polish has lifted away from each of the nails. If not, wrap again and soak for another 5 min.
- Rub at top of each of the nails and remove the foil wraps away from each nail. Where the gel polish has come off from the nail, carefully remove any excess gel each nail with an orange wooden stick.
- Next rub each nail with a lint-free nail pad that is soaked in polish remover to remove residues of gel polish.
- Hydrate nails & cuticles again with apricot cuticle oil or coconut oil.
Now you know how to remove gel nail polish! Better enough than having to go to the salon. However, one has to do the procedure with care.
THE CHEMICALS USED
Acetone: a highly flammable, highly vaporized and I’m sure you do not like its smell. Acetone is the main solvent that is used in the process of removing the gel nail polish.
Petroleum jelly or apricot cuticle oil. Sounds funny? You better oil those fingers girl before you dip your nails in acetone. You see, acetone has the effect of leaving fingers desiccated and dry. Better protect the delicate skin cells before you become dry and coarse fingers. Alternatively, after the soaking, apply coconut or apricot cuticle oil on your cuticles and fingers. You will thank me for the protective effect on your precious cuticles!
GET YOUR OWN TOOLS GIRL!
Contrary to the norm in most salons and beauty parlors where the sharing of manicure tools like cuticle removers is practiced, I do not advocate for the same.
Let me ask you? How many ladies have used those tools before you? How many bacteria are possibly growing on them? Worse still, how many have accidentally cut their cuticles or chipped off their fingers nails using the tools with their blood being wiped off the tools? Girl, get your own kit! Removal kits like Red Carpet Manicure ( $16) can be purchased conveniently from Amazon. Click on the following link to in order for one immediately: http://amzn.to/2wdaIsC .
SOAKING VS FOILING
I guess the frequent question asked is: which is the best method? Soaking or foiling? Soaking involves pouring the acetone into a large bowl. Then one dips ones fingers into the acetone for 10-15 minutes. As this is happening, one begins to notice that the gel nail polish begins to soften, curly and falling off into the acetone. Then using an orange wooden stick carefully remove it and wipe it off clean from the finger nails.
The foiling method makes use of cotton balls. They are soaked in acetone and directly pressed on to the nails. Then using either masking tape or aluminum foil, the soaked cotton balls are wrapped around the finger nails for a period of 10-15min. Once the time is over, the cotton balls are safely removed and the gel polish scrubbed off the fingers clean.
So which is the best method to use? The foiling method is probably the best. This is because in the soaking method, the acetone can vaporize even before the 15 min are over. Secondly, the cotton balls are the first hand cleaning off the gel from the finger nails since the gel will dissolve on the cotton wool fast. The soaking method is normally preferred because it is faster and less procedural. Nevertheless, the foiling method is better.
I HAVE UV GET TOP COAT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Don’t worry if you have UV Gel Top Coat. The procedure is also simple. But firstly, what is UV gel Top Coat? This refers to another type of gel that is normally applied on top of the existing gel nail polish as an extra coat. It normally dries off immediately after being exposed to UV light especially sunlight. Such UV Gel are classified into three: UV gel that leaves a sticky residue, UV gel that leaves a non-sticky residue and UV Gel Top Coat. The challenge with UV gel Top Coat is that it does not dissolve in acetone or any other acrylic solvent.
So what do you do? According to Kara Wescott, director of education for Gelousy Gel Nail System in Phoenix, the best way is to file it off using a coarse sanding band. She argues that since the UV gel Top Coat is easy to file off that soak, it is faster to remove it by filing it off. Check out more information at http://www.nailsmag.com/qa/82116/is-there-an-easy-way-to-remove-a-uv-gel-top-coat-or-is-there-a-product-for-remov
- Ensure you apply Vaseline before and after the gel removal process. Applying petroleum jelly around the nail and on the cuticle helps protect the delicate skin cells that make up the cuticle which the nails growth bed from the harsh effects of acetone. Coconut oil can also help.
- Acetone is highly flammable. Make sure you conduct the procedure in a highly ventilated place away from naked fires or microwaves. Preferably outdoors.
- Patience is key. The procedure takes time. Be patient is you want excellent results without hurting your cuticles, nails or injuring yourself.
- Orange wooden sticks for scrapping off the stuck on gel nail polish will come in handy. Make sure you have a couple of them.
- Whatever you do, please do not peel. You will end up hurting yourself or removing your nail unawares.
- Masking tape or aluminum foil? Masking tape is better. The aluminum foil has a tendency of becoming loose before the foiling period is over and letting the acetone vaporize.
There you have it girl! Now you know how to remove gel nail polish, all by yourself. You do not have to go to salon for that boring procedure. Just make sure you get your own tools and be extra careful with your fingers and nails. Thank me later!