We all have the pressure to look good. Form our clothes to our nails to our makeup, every little detail can be poured over – and we get self-conscious about small things as well as large things when it comes to our appearance.
One aspect of this is our nails: We want our hands and feet to look their best. After all, it’s not just aesthetics, having a good manicure keeps your hands healthy and it also makes you feel better.
Yet, sometimes we’ve had a manicure and its run its course, and we can’t get a new one done by a professional.
So rather than wait until our next appointment, you must learn how to remove gel nails yourself. It’s important to do this right, because if we don’t, we run the risk of damaging our nails – making them look worse in the long term. This article will help you with how to remove gel nail polish yourself.
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How To Remove A Gel Manicure Without Hurting Yourself
Even if you get a high quality manicure, you’ll find that over time it chips and can possibly split – that is, you’ll see the nail start to lift off – and when this occurs, you will have to remove the gel manicure, because the last thing you want is to have the gel come off and take some of your hand with it!
Luckily, you can remove it at home with minimal equipment and minimal trouble.
The first step
The first step you want to take is to file, file, file. Sharp bits of nail and little broken bits, when left, are the reason so many people get painful fingertips with broken nails – leave something with a fault, and it’ll break on its own soon enough. Avoid this. Also, you don’t want this to occur during the removal process, so make sure that you file even when you’re going to be removing your nails soon anyway.
You’ll also find that your nail varnish remover – the acetone – will seep in easier if you’ve filed; this is because you’ve weakened the gel somewhat which allows the acetone to seep into micro-cracks in the gel.
The second step
The second step is to take some acetone and soak it in five cotton balls which have been split in half. Then, use the cotton balls, soaked with acetone, to cover your fingers. Let your fingers soak in
the acetone – and if necessary, create a wrap out of foil to ensure that they do – and leave to sit for between 5 and 8 minutes. (This varies – you’ll have to see if it works.)
The third step
The third step, after your fingers are soaked in acetone and the gel is pliable, is to take something soft and scrape the now flexible gel off the finger nail. This should be easy if you’ve soaked long enough. For more stubborn pats of gel that won’t quit – soak more. Don’t scrape hard as you might damage the nail.
Finally, you need to wash your hands thoroughly and use a buffer until your hands are lovely, clean and fresh looking.