Gel polish removal at home



I wore gel polish for the first time earlier this year and really liked it.

Read my extensive post on Shellac and Gelish brand polishes here for more information.

I had my nail tech remove my first application of gel polish, but after she assured me I could do it myself, I opted to remove my second application at home.

Here’s how:

    1. I started with a gel polish application that was past its prime. Notice the three weeks of growth at the base.

@Glamazini & Removing Gel Polish at home
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    1. I soaked a cotton ball in nail polish remover and placed it on my nail for 2-3 minutes.
    2. Then I took an orange stick and attempted to scrap the gel polish off.  It was doable but difficult, and I didn’t want to mess up my nail.

@Glamazini & Removing Gel Polish at home
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    1. I decided to bring out the big guns and test soaking one nail in pure acetone for 1 minute instead
    2. Voila! The polish scrapped off with little effort. The pure acetone worked like a charm!

@Glamazini & Removing Gel Polish at home
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    1. Because time is money and I don’t have enough of either, I poured some acetone into a glass bowl and soaked the rest of my fingers for a minute. Note: I’m certain this isn’t the healthiest thing to do because of the contact to your skin. If you plan on removing gel nails at home often, opt for drenching a cotton ball with pure acetone and resting it on your nail like in picture #1
    2. BAM! When I was done I had my real nails back with minimal (I didn’t say ‘no’) damage. Perfect.

@Glamazini & Removing Gel Polish at home
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I’ve already booked my appointment to get gel polish applied for another overseas trip later this year, and when its day is done, I will be removing it at home just like this.  Hope this helps someone!

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