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As you all know it at this time we are in the position to stay home and stay safe, here are the steps to home removal for gel polish (this does not include extensions for gel or acrylic, this is for Shellac polish on a natural nail).
- Protect your skin.
Since you’ll be soaking your nails in acetone, it’s important to shield the skin around the nail before getting started. You can use a cuticle oil or cream, or even Vaseline to provide a protective layer.
- Buff your nails.
The next step is to buff off the top layer of your gel mani with a coarse nail file, Go slowly and stop once you’ve removed the shine.
- Soak cotton balls in acetone.
Next, soak a small piece of cotton, or a cotton ball, in acetone and place it on the nail, just be sure this is 100 percent pure acetone
- Secure the cotton with aluminum foil.
To hold the cotton or cotton ball in place, grab a roll of tin foil straight from the kitchen. Cut into small squares and wrap each finger to secure the cotton ball in place.
- Or, skip the cotton and foil and soak instead.
This takes a bit longer, but works wonders if you don’t have any foil or cotton balls on hand. Grab two bowls from the kitchen, one slightly larger than the other. Fill the larger bowl with warm water, place the smaller one inside as you would with a double-boiler, and pour in some acetone, allow to heat for a minute or two, then place your hand inside the acetone and allow the gels to gradually soak off. (Do not put acetone in the microwave to heat, as it is highly flammable)
- Wait 10 to 15 minutes.
If you used the soaking method, wait until you notice the corners coming loose, then as your nails are still steeping in the acetone, take an orangewood stick and gently begin to loosen the gel on each nail until it is removed completely. If you used foils and cotton, the gel manicure should slide off with the cotton ball when you remove the foil. (Just apply a bit of pressure.) If some residue remains stuck to your nail, again, use an orangewood stick to work it off. (Rule of thumb is to make sure the gel is soft and your aren’t scraping the nail)
- Give your nails some TLC.
Acetone is drying, so it’s important to restore moisture to your nails and hands after a DIY removal.