The best way to remove gel nails is to have it done professionally. A nail spa has all the required implements to remove gel nails properly, without messing the nails. Here is a brief overview of how a nail technician normally removes gel nails.
Even before the procedure actually begins, the nail technician checks the client’s nails for infection or other maladies. If infection is found in the nails, the manicurist would not proceed further, but recommend medical attention to take care of the infection. Working on an infected nail would not only cause injury to the nail, but also make the infection spread to other clients. However, if there is no infection present, the manicurist would proceed with the gel removing process.
The first step is to apply acetone over the gel. The top-most clear coat on the gel could sometimes be resistant to acetone. So the best option is to scratch the top surface of the gel with a coarse nail file. The acetone would now have the chance to seep into the gel through the scratches on the surface.
Five small cotton balls are then soaked in acetone and placed on each nail and wrapped with foil to hold the cotton balls in place. The foil needs to be over the fingers for about ten to fifteen minutes to allow the acetone to work on the gel. The foil is then taken off carefully, retaining its shape so that is can be used again in case the gel needs a little more soaking.
Once the nail is soaked well, an orange stick is used to scrape the gel off the nail. The gel should normally fall right off the nail. If it doesn’t, the nails need to be soaked a little longer. The gel should not be peeled or filed in case it doesn’t come loose. The acetone should be allowed to do the work of separating the gel from the nail. Physical force should not be applied to separate the gel from the nail.
Once all the gel color is removed, a clear but spotty layer could be left behind. The acetone would not be able to work on this layer. It is best to use a four-sided buffer to smooth out the nails. The nails could now be filed and shaped according to one’s preference. After the hand is rinsed of all the dust, it can be painted with nail polish to finish off the process.