One of the biggest perks of choosing a gel manicure over a basic manicure is longer lasting manicured nails. While regular nail polish tends to chip after the first day or two, gel nail polish can last up to 7-10 days with proper care. However, one huge drawback is gel nail polish removal which is typically done in the salon by a technician. This is recommended because gel polish is harder to remove and requires a bit more care while removing in order to avoid damage to the nail.
Sometimes, you don’t have time to go back to the salon to get your manicure removed. Or maybe, you just don’t want to. Good news is there are a couple things you can try at home, even though it may take you a little more time than it would take a professional.
Make your own acetone foils to soak off the gel polish. All you need is cotton balls, acetone and some foil from your kitchen. Soak the cotton balls in acetone and then break apart enough to cover each nail. Then, you just wrap each nail individually with foil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
You will need two bowls (one smaller than the other). Place warm water in the larger bowl and enough acetone to dip your fingernail in inside the smaller bowl. Then, place the smaller bowl inside the bigger bowl in order to slightly warm the acetone. Caution: You do not want to heat acetone directly on the stove or in microwave since it is flammable. Soak your nails in the smaller bowl of acetone for about 10-15 minutes.