Removing gel nails is fairly simple, but there are a few tips and safety precautions that you should take into consideration when removing them. First, and foremost, make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area. The nail polish remover and the gel nails will create a stronger aroma, than the usual pungent smell of nail polish remover.
The easiest way to create a well-ventilated area is to sit outside and remove the nails, or open a window and sit next to it. When removing the nails you might not think that the smell is too offensive, but after an hour or two of its aroma lingering in your house, you will certainly reconsider that opinion.
So, after you have located yourself in a well-aired area use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to take off the nail polish. You might think that removing the nail polish is mundane and trivial, but once you immerse your fingers into the polish remover you will be thankful.
Not removing the nail polish before the nails will cause you to have an unsightly mess of partially dissolved nail polish on your fingers, and this will be a hassle to remove after the nails are off. After removing the nail polish, pour about one-half of an inch of nail polish remover into a bowl. The bowl should be disposable because you will probably not want to use it for food after the chemical combination of gel nails and acetone create a slimy goo inside of it.
Also, use acetone nail polish remover to discard your nails. You can use this for the polish removal too, but in order for your nails to be easily taken off, you will need the stronger acetone solution. This product is available at any drug store—just read the front of the nail polish remover bottle.
Once you have removed the polish and poured nail polish remover in a bowl, place your fingers into the solution. Only put your fingertips in the liquid, making sure that your gel nail tips are completely covered. Also, only soak one hand at a time. This detail is important because you will want one clean, free hand to complete the steps that follow.
After five minutes, check the nail tips. They should be slightly gooey, and as earlier mentioned they will have developed a pungent odor. Lightly tug on the ends of the nails and gently try to pry them from your nails. You may use an orange stick (also known as a cuticle stick) to slightly pry the tips from your nail beds. But, if the gel nails give resistance, or you feel pain, do not force them off your hands.
Instead, reinsert your fingertips into the polish remover for another two to three minutes. Continue this process until the nails are easily removed from your natural nail. After removing the nails, quickly wipe off the excess goo from your fingers with a clean cotton ball and clean nail polisher remover (do not use the stuff in the bowl).
The surface of your natural nails will be slightly rough, and to fix this dilemma gently buff your nails with the soft side of a nail file—or use a nail buffer. Then, repeat these steps for your other hand. You may reuse the polish remover in the bowl for your second hand unless it has gotten too gooey from the first hand. If that happens, then empty the solution and refill the bowl with fresh polish remover.
After you have removed the nails from both of your hands, shape your nails with an emery board or nail file, and apply a coat of strengthening nail polish—preferably a clear one.
You will need to re-apply strengthening nail polish to your nails for two to three weeks because the chemicals from the gel nails indirectly weakened your natural nails. Additionally, the clear base coat will prevent your already weakened nails from absorbing colorants from nail polish.You will need