Gel nails are legit the best thing since sliced bread. Or ceramic hair straighteners. Or laser hair removal. Anyway, they’re pretty major, allowing us to rock a fierce alternative to acrylic nails for weeks on end without worrying about them chipping, and the zero dry-time is ideal for all the girl bosses among us.
Yep, gel nails are just great… until it’s time to take them off, at which point we all start to question why we got them in the first place. If you peel them off (and who doesn’t?) you’re left with weak, ridged nails underneath, but let’s face it, no one is going to bother going back to the salon to get them taken off by the pros.
So, we’ve devised the ultimate guide to getting your gels off at-home, so you can enjoy your gels knowing your natural nail strength won’t suffer for it.
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How to remove gel nails at home
Step one: Gently buff the top of your gels
When we say gently, we mean very gently, and be careful not to scratch the cuticles and surrounding skin. Always use a buffer with a low ‘grit’, which measures how abrasive the buffer is (go for around the 100 to 300 mark).