If you like getting your nails done a lot, you will probably already know that there are two different types of nails that are most popular—gel and acrylic. Gel nails are becoming more popular for a number of reasons. They’re affordable, durable and easy to apply. They can also achieve a great finish.
While a lot of nail work is done down the nail bar, or by a practitioner with the right experience, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some of the jobs associated with gel nails yourself. Actually, while you might visit a nail stylist to get your nails put on, this can be done by yourself if you know what you’re doing. Applying your own nails isn’t always easy—but removing them is much more simple. The reality is, you don’t need to visit a stylist or pay anyone to remove your nails. You can do it all yourself. But how?
If you want to know how to remove gel nails, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to look at the three main ways to remove gel nails. That means you won’t have to visit a nail bar or phone up a specialist. You can do one of these yourself. Which one you choose is up to you. Some might require a bit of experience or the right tools, but they’re all much more convenient than the alternatives. They’re also obviously much cheaper than hiring someone to do it. That’s why more and more people are trying to find out how to remove their own gel nails.
Remember, this article is just for gel nails. There are other types of nails available, the most popular being acrylic. Some of these removal methods won’t necessarily work for other types of nails, so make sure you’ve got gel ones before you get started. So how do you remove gel nails? Let’s have a look…
How to remove gel nails
Regardless of the type of manicure you’ve got and how you’re going to remove it, you might need to put in place a few safety precautions before you start trying to remove your nails. Start by shielding the skin around your nails with vaseline or another similar product. You want to protect your skin and cuticles from any damage. That’s because the products you’ll be using to remove the nail can be harmful, especially to sensitive skin. Make sure you’ve also got plenty of cuticle oil or cream handy to treat the area afterward. You’ll want to restore moisture as well as possible after the process is complete. You’ll also want to allow your nails to breathe for a few hours before applying any other layers or getting a new manicure. Always be careful when using acetone and other chemicals. Don’t leave them unopened while unattended and make sure you don’t get them near your face.
The easiest way to remove your own gel nails is with a nail removal kit. These are easy to find and can actually do a really good job. They’ll have all the tools you need as well as detailed instructions on how to use the kit. Not only that, they’re also not very expensive and can be bought for well under £ 16 (even for one of the best kits). That makes them a great investment especially if you think you’re going to need to remove gel nails a lot. The kit will have paid for itself within one visit to a nail bar.
These kits include soaking pads that will work on salon or DIY gel nails. They’ll also include the right removal chemicals and everything else you need to loosen and remove the nails. Make sure you check all safety precautions and work carefully.
Another way to remove your own gel nails is with DIY foils. This is a good option if you get gel manicures quite often and want to remove them yourself regularly. Kits only have enough equipment for a few removals so aren’t for constant use. You can get a bottle of Acetone for as little as £ 2 which could contain way more than a kit. After that, simply buff the surface of the nails with a nail file and then soak a soft cotton-like ball with acetone before placing it directly on top of the nail. Be careful as some types of cotton balls react dangerously with acetone, never use anything you aren’t sure about or don’t have clear instructions on how to use.
You can then wrap each finger with foil so the cotton sits on your nail for a while. Leave this for 15 minutes for your nails to soak and soften. The nail should come right off when you remove the foil. You can use an orangewood stick to remove any leftover gel residue.
Finally, you can also use the soaking method if you don’t have or don’t want to use a kit. In this method, you simply simply fill two bowls, one with warm water and one with acetone. Don’t warm in a microwave or fire as acetone is highly flammable, but you can put the bowl of acetone inside the bowl of warm or hot water.
Buff your nails with a file and then place your hand inside the acetone for it to slowly dissolve off. This should take ten to fifteen minutes. At this point, the nails should come off, but an orange wood stick can help you loosen it if you need a bit more force.
As we’ve already mentioned, you need to treat your skin and the area around your nails carefully. You should have protected your cuticles with vaseline or a similar product. Now your nails are removed, you can treat your cuticles and skin. Wash your hands first then use a good moisturizer and cream to do this. You won’t be able to apply any more nails until a few hours have gone by.