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How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home

Gel nails are the most popular of all acrylic nails as they are easy to apply and give fantastic results. They usually last between 3 - 4 weeks, depending on how fast or slow your fingernails grow, and look very natural. For all those women who want their nails to look nice, neat and a bit longer but whose natural nails grow very slowly and tend to break easily, these are a great option. However, we can get tired of them and want to remove them, or perhaps we need to change them because we have already had them filled in several times or have broken them. If you want to know how to remove gel nail polish at home in this OneHowTo article we explain the steps you should follow.

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Steps to follow:


To be able to remove gel nail polish you'll need some tools. Make sure that you have an orange stick, a normal nail file and a buffer, cotton, tinfoil, nail strengthener, cuticle balm, Vaseline and nail polish remover with acetone or acrylic nail remover.


When you have everything, the first thing you need to do to start removing your gel nail polish is to file the surface of your gel nails but avoid filing your natural nail. Acrylics often weaken and soften our natural nails, which is why we must take special care not to file the surface of our natural ones, just the gels and the tips.

How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home - Step 2

Once you have filed your gel nail polish as much as possible, you will see that you've got rid of a great amount. Now, we take a cotton ball or cotton disc (both will work) and soak it with acetone or artificial nail remover. Pure acetone is the more commonly-used product, but it is highly toxic and difficult to find it in shops. Moreover, it can weaken your nail even more. You need to be patient if using acetone nail polish remover, because it is not as effective and takes longer to soften gel nails. Artificial nail remover is the best option, as it doesn't damage your nail and only takes about 10 minutes to remove the gels.


Then, using your finger, get some Vaseline and apply it around your nails. We do this to protect our skin from the acetone or artificial nail remover and to stop it from drying out. Now, place the cotton on your gel nails and wrap some tinfoil around your fingers so that the product is in contact with the gels and can be loosened easily. If you are using artificial nail remover, leave it on for 10 - 15 minutes and if you chose to use nail polish remover with acetone, at least 30 minutes.

How To Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home - Step 4

After the time is up, remove the foil and cotton and, using a orange stick, take off what remains of your gels, you'll see it comes off very easily. When you have removed the remains of your gels and filed the tips, your natural nails will look rather battered-looking, don't worry because we can fix this.


Take the nail buffer, polish and smooth your nails until they look healthy and normal again, then use the polishing side for the finishing touch. Since your natural nails will have been somewhat weakened, don't forget to apply a coat of nail strengthener to help them start to recover and apply some cuticle balm.

You can also use natural methods for stronger nails.


There you have it! You have now removed your gel nail polish at home. Now you have to take good care of your nails for them to regain their strength and keep them looking beautiful.

And if you want to get gel nails on again, wait 2 - 3 days to let your natural ones recover a little.

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