Sometimes there truly is nothing better than pampering yourself in the comfort of your own home. For all of you gel lovers, we felt quite strongly about providing you with thorough directions for at-home gel removal, using the things most of us already have in our homes. The perks include additional time for rehydration of the nail plate and a more efficient manicure experience during your next visit.
-Any Nail File
-Acetone-Based Nail Polish Remover
-Orange Wood Stick Cuticle Pusher
Start with gently filing off the shiny layer of the nails. In this step, you will notice your nails will appear almost matte. If you have a design on your nails, file through the design to the base color. Go ahead and do this on all 10 nails. This is important to allow the acetone to penetrate to the deepest layer and speed up your removal process. Even if you previously got a look with studs, you can still simply buff or tweeze them off but please note it may just take a little bit longer.
Prepare 10 aluminum foil squares, each large enough to wrap around the tip of your finger.
From here it may be easier to work on one hand at a time.
Saturate acetone onto small cotton squares relative to the size of your nails. Wrap your finger tightly in aluminum foil. Trapping in the heat will allow yourgel to come off more rapidly, so you can opt to put your hand in a glove.
Let your hands soak for 10-15 minutes, making sure the acetone stays moist.
Working on one nail at a time, remove the foil and gently push the lifted gel off of the nail in a downward motion with a woodstick. Be careful to not use too much pressure because your nail plate will be very soft.
If there is any excess gel left on the nail, saturate the area with acetone for another minute or two.
Apply Deborah Lippmann cuticle oil immediately following to thoroughly rehydrate your nail plate just in time for your next manicure!