6 Easy Methods to Remove Gel Nails at Home, Including Acetone Free Ones

Gel Nails

Gel Nails

Gel nails are one of the hippest nail trends right now, but with this, chic chicks now face a new problem: Gel nails are extra difficult to remove, probably as well as acrylic ones. Sure, you have your go-to nail salon, but sometimes it is either you cannot find time or you just do not want to spend moolah to have them removed. Luckily, there are easy ways of removing your Gel nails at home.

Method 1 (Acetone free)

Dental floss gel nails removing

Dental floss gel nails removing

Materials:
Dental floss

Place the dental floss under a part where there is visible lift. Slowly tug the floss back and forth until it moves across the entirety of the nail.

It is advisable to wait until the nails are mostly chipped away to reduce damage to nail surface.

Alternatively, a cuticle stick is usable. However, you do run the risk of overdigging.

Method 2

Remove gel nails with a bowl of acetone

Remove gel nails with a bowl of acetone

Materials:
Large bowl
Small bowl
Acetone
Petroleum jelly
Cotton swabs
Aluminum foil
Cotton balls
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

Start by filling half a large bowl with warm water followed by placing a small bowl filled with acetone inside. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, remove the smaller bowl from the warm water to prevent overheating. Do not forget that acetone is extremely flammable, so stay away from any direct heat. Prep the skin around your fingernails by coating it with petroleum jelly. Use cotton swab to coat petroleum jelly around your nails edges. Do not apply on the nails themselves. Dip fingers in the bowl of acetone and soak for 30 minutes. Use cotton balls to rub the gel off of your nails. Once satisfied with the removal, file your nails to your desired shape and buff nail surface to remove rough edges.

For people with sensitive skin, this next method requires less acetone exposure.

Method 3

Remove gel nails with cotton soaked acetone

Remove gel nails with cotton soaked acetone

Materials:
Acetone
Cotton balls
Aluminum squares
Cotton swabs
Petroleum jelly
Cuticle sticks
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

In this method, you do the same prep and finishing, but instead of having fingers soak in a bowl of acetone, you dip cotton balls in acetone and put them on your nails. Proceed to covering each nail with aluminum squares and soak for 30 minutes. Remove the loosened gels with cuticle sticks. Finish off with nail filing and buffing. Do not forget to moisturize!

In the absence of aluminum foil, use masking tape as an alternative.

Method 4

Remove gel nails with Nail Mates

Remove gel nails with Nail Mates

Materials:
Nail Mates
Acetone
Cuticle stick
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

Nail Mates are caps with foam pads used to saturate with acetone and placed atop the fingernails. They are much like method 3, but they are better at preventing the acetone from evaporating and best of all, they are reusable.

After Nail Mates have soaked nails completely, proceed to rub the softened gel off with a cuticle stick followed by filing, buffing, and moisturizing.

Method 5

Remove gel nails with jar, sponge and acetone

Remove gel nails with jar, sponge and acetone

Materials:
Small jar
Sponge
Acetone

Stuff the sponge around the jars interior. Do this in such a way that it spirals from the top view. Completely soak it in acetone and use it to dip and rub your nails. This also works great on glitter polishes.

Method 6 (Acetone free)

PRO Crystal Glass Nail File with 2-side filling surface

PRO Crystal Glass Nail File with 2-side filling surface

Materials:
1 PRO glass nail file with coarse and finer grit sides

This method, like method 1, does not involve the use of acetone. However, you might remove your nail surface if you do not pay attention and end up over-filing. Start by evenly filing down the gels surface using a coarse-grit side. Avoid trying to do this quickly. Frequently wipe dust away to avoid filing actual nail surface by mistake. Once you have filed most of it off, you may now use the fine-grit side. Buff and moisturize to top it all off!

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Sources: http://queenofpoepp.blogspot.cz/, http://www.gelnaildesigns.info/, http://www.girlsallaround.com/, http://www.popsugar.com/, http://blog.nailmates.net/, http://www.prettyfrugalliving.com/

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