Remove your gel polish from home

Need to take off your gel polish ready for a fresh mani from home? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Whilst we’re staying home and staying safe, we’re all missing our fave nail tech! One thing that nearly all of us nail lovers have desperately needed over the past few weeks is a little advice on how to keep our fave nail looks from home…

Where to begin? We’d say your first step is to take off that old gel nail colour you’ve been clinging onto. Or even your over-grown acrylics (don’t worry, we’re guilty of this too!) It may seem like a daunting task, but soaking off your gel nail polish at home or your acrylic overlays is actually not too hard to do when you know how. All you need is some key essentials, a few top tips from the nail pro’s and a little bit of patience.

What you need:

Nail polish remover containing acetone – click here

Cotton pads or cotton wraps – click here

Nail foils or wraps – click here

Cuticle sticks or wood sticks – click here

A nail purifyer or cleanser – click here

A strengthening nail treatment – click here

A natural nail file (grit 180 or 240) – click here

Cuticle oil – click here


What to do:

If you have gel polish on your natural nails, simply follow these steps to reveal clean, healthy natural nails.

Start with your natural nail file, for natural nails always use a 180 grit or higher such as a 240 grit. The higher the grit, the less abrasive the file. Any grit with a lower number than 180 is intended for the use of acrylic nails or nail enhancements as they are much more abrasive and will be too tough on your natural nails.

File the sidewalls and gently over the surface of the nail to break the seal of the top layer and the capped sides and edges. This is your first step to loosening the old gel polish from the natural nail before you go to soak the polish.

Soak your cotton pad or the cotton section of the wrap and attach the wrap to each finger so it is securely in place. You won’t be able to use your hands for the next 15 minutes or so, so we recommend making a cup of tea before you start and relaxing somewhere. We like to make a little pamper session out of removing our gel polish at home, so why not apply a face mask too while you’re taking some time out?!

Let the acetone soak on the nail for 10-15 minutes. Use light pressure and twisting motions to remove the wraps. The gel polish will have loosened from the nail during soaking time and you will see your old gel colour will appear flakey and start to peel away. With a reusable stick, gently push off the lifted gel polish. Push from the cuticle area to free the edge. If any polish remains, do not scrape the nail. Re-wrap it and soak for 2-5 minutes. Remove the residue left on the nail with a wipe saturated with OPI NAS 99 or a nail purifying cleanser such as the Red Carpet Purify Solution.

Once your nails are bare and you have removed all reside from the nail, it might be a good idea to give your nails a few days to recover before reapplying your next gel colour. Try a strengthening treatment such as OPI Nail Envy or Mavala Scientifique for a boost of nutrients to your natural nails. Finally, add a drop of nourishing cuticle oil to each nail and lightly massage into the skin surrounding the nail. We recommend getting into a habit of doing this with your cuticle oil once a day for healthy, glowing natural nails. A few of our best-selling cuticle oils that we love are Jessica Phenomen Oil, Famous Name Dadi Oil, and Cuccio Cuticle Revitalizing Oil in Pomegranate and Fig.

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