Shikha Mittal


Removing Of Gel Nails At Home

Removing your gel nail polish is annoying. Still many women prefer gel over regular manicures is because they don’t chip. But if you’re wearing gel nail polish and it is starting to grow out, it is really important not to start peeling it off by hand as it can damage your natural nails. If you've been thinking of peeling off your expired gels but haven't made the move yet, it's your lucky day. DO NOT DO IT. There are other ways to remove the polish safely. As experts advise that the safest way to remove gel polish is by a professional. If you absolutely can’t make it to the salon for removal, then the best way to safely remove your gel polish does take a bit of time and patience, but it will help to keep your nails in good shape. Here we gathered a few tips on how to remove gel nail polish at home—without destroying your nails in the process. 

What you’ll need:

  • Acetone
  • cotton balls
  • orangewood stick or cuticle pusher
  • nail file
  • fine/medium nail buffer
  • aluminum foil pre-cut into 10 small squares
  • cuticle oil
  • nail clipper (optional)

Protect your skin first

Apply some cuticle oil or cream, or even Vaseline to provide a protective layer because when you'll be soaking your nails in acetone, it's important to shield the skin around the nail before getting started.

File your nails

Use your nail file to gently file the top coat of your gel manicure. This will save you a lot of time in the nail polish removing process. Be sure to be very gentle when filing! You will usually have to file off the top, glossy layer of the polish before you start soaking in remover. The key is to gently buff off the shiny layer to weaken the bond, without hitting the nail itself. 

Soak and wrap

Take cotton balls or pads and saturate them with pure acetone. Place the pads on your nails and then wrap them with aluminum foil. If you aren’t particularly dexterous, you may need a friend to help you with your non-dominant hand!

Apply acetone directly onto a cotton wool and tightly wrap a square of tin foil around each fingertip to hold the acetone-soaked cotton pad in place.
Wrap each fingertip tight enough to secure the cotton but not so tight that you tear the aluminum foil or cause circulation problems.
Aluminum foil creates heat, which actually improves the effectiveness of the nail polish remover.
Give each nail a gentle press to make sure that the acetone comes into contact with the nail. If you aren’t particularly dexterous, you may need a friend to help you with your non-dominant hand!

Be patient

Leave the nails wrapped for ten to 20 minutes. When you remove the wraps the product should have dissolved and begun to flake off the nail. If any product is left on your nail, gently removed with an orange wood stick. Avoid metal tools as these can damage the nails. If you perfectly apply polish is still in place, apply more acetone and leave for a little longer.

Buff the nail

The foil is unwrapped and the gel should miraculously flake away. If there's any left you have to repeat the process. Stay comfy. Once you’ve got as much off as possible using either method, use a coarse nail file to file the remaining gel.


As with any nail treatment, it’s essential to nourish your nails and cuticles once finished. Gel polish removers tend to contain more aggressive, drying chemicals than your average remover so be sure to wash your hands afterwards and apply a nail and cuticle oil to keep the area hydrated and healthy. Applying cuticle oil three to four times a day is recommended—especially right now, with all the hand sanitizing and washing.

Now your nails are ready for next mani.


Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help your gel nails last longer and help to remove gel nail safer.

  • Respect your skin, nails & health. Wear rubber gloves for all cleaning, scouring, sanding, painting etc.
  • When damaged, get your nails REPAIRED by your nail technician as soon as you can.
  • Remember, your nail extensions are JEWELS not TOOLS. While nail extensions is tough, it is not indestructible!
  • Use acetone free nail polish remover.
  • Don’t bite or cut your nail extensions as it can shatter damaging your natural nail plate.
  • Don’t gouge dirt from under your nails with pins, needles, metal nail files or any other sharp object. You may cause infection under nail.
  • Don’t glue broken or lifted extension nails. Glue isn’t watertight.
  • The secret to a salon-perfect removing gel polish at home is in allocating adequate time from start to finish. Make sure you’re giving yourself enough time, so you’re not tempted to skip and hurry through any stages.