How to Take Gel Nail Polish Off

by RoseDIY13
6 Materials
30 Minutes

Nail extensions are gorgeous, but it can be hard to take gel off your nails after removing the extensions.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to safely and easily remove nail extension gel. This technique will keep your nails in good shape, clean, and healthy, so you can keep using those beautiful nail extensions!

You probably already have everything you need for this gel removal hack.

Tools and materials:

  • Nail file (or eFile)
  • Vaseline
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • Tin foil
  • Nail oil
Filing nails

1. File your nails

Start by filing your nails to remove the top layer of nail product (think of it like sanding off paint from furniture.) I use an eFile for this step. 

Filing nails

You can also use a regular nail file, if you prefer.

Make sure to get right to your nail bed and right around the tip of your nails, so none of the gel is left on your nails.

Cleaning nails

2. Clean your nails

Make sure to clean off all the gel and nail dust from your fingers.

Protecting skin

3. Protect your skin

Apply Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) around your nail bed to protect the skin around your nails from drying.

Wrapping nails

4. Wrap your nails

Dip cotton balls in acetone (nail polish remover) and place a piece of cotton on top of each nail.

Wrapping nails

Wrap the nail, with the acetone-soaked cotton, in tin foil, and wait 15 minutes. The gel will start to become soft.

Tip: You can separate cotton balls into two or three pieces depending on the size of your cotton balls.

Scraping gel from nail

Remove the foil and cotton, and scrape any remaining gel from your nails using a scraping tool.

Wrap your nails a second time, wait 5 minutes, and remove any remaining product.

Filing nails

5. File and clean your nails again

File and buff your clean nails for a perfect finish.

Progress shot

Wash your hands with water.

Nourishing nails with oil

6.  Nourish your nails

Apply nail hydrating oil around your nail beds to nourish them.

How to take gel nail polish off: After shot

How to take gel nail polish off

Now your nails are clean, healthy and ready for their next look!

Please leave a comment if you give this gel removal hack a try, and let me know how it worked for you.

Check out my post on how to DIY Trendy Blue Swirl Nails.

Suggested materials:
  • Nail file (or eFile)
  • Vaseline
  • Cotton balls
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