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How To Remove Gel Polish At Home Without Ruining Your Nails

It's all about patience.
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Gel nails are the best because they stay glossy and last without chipping. These pros, however, become a con: They're such a bitch to remove! We would usually recommend that you head to a salon to have them professionally removed, but if that isn't an option, you can follow this tutorial by Tree Ma, a licensed cosmetologist. Read on to see how it's done:

Things you need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton ball
  • Aluminum foil strips
  • Stainless cuticle pusher
  • Nail file


  1. First, file away the gel topcoat with an emery board.
  2. Then, unravel a cotton ball and cut it into small pieces.
  3. Soak the cotton in nail polish remover, place on top of the nail, and wrap with a foil strip. Repeat this step until all 10 fingers are covered.
  4. Wait for 15 minutes and check if the gel polish is soft enough to scrape off with a cuticle pusher. Proceed with the removal if you could easily lift the layers off your fingernail. 
  5. If the gel lacquer is still stiff, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Wash your hands and apply cuticle oil to resurrect your nail's health.

Watch the whole video to see how she removed her gel mani at home:

How to remove gel nails at home

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