As an individual who has never been able to make a traditional manicure last greater than three days, discovering the magic of gel nails (close-to-flawless for 3 weeks?!) was literally life-changing.
But the worst part about gel nails is that moment when you could take them off and also you just can’t. Out of the blue, you feel like you’re trapped in a gel nail prison. The options are principally stabbed and scrape and peel your fingernails with numerous objects for what seems like hours or head again to the salon to pay someone else to take them off. The worst!
So I tested three strategies to see if there was a better way.
THE STORE-BOUGHT JAR
You will want No matter product you choose up in the nail polish aisle on the drugstore.
Our Model editor Emily Sher did the honors here, swinging by her native drugstore to select up one of many “over-the-counter” gel removal options for me to try. There are loads of these merchandise on the market, and the irritating half is that you may understand how they work until you get them home.
This one was basically an acetone-soaked sponge in a jar. The instructions told me to stay my finger within the jar and twist, implying that with this simple movement, my nail shade would magically come off. So I twisted and twisted and twisted…
And, nothing. I attempted so many occasions! There was no method the polish was coming off.
The verdict: In case you go this route, you’re taking a danger, and it’s possible, not worth your time, cash or energy. Pass.
ALUMINUM FOIL WRAPS
You’ll want Aluminum foil, a nail file, cotton balls and acetone nail polish remover.
The steps are fairly easy, and for those who’ve ever gotten a gel manicure removed at the nail salon, this one will seem familiar as a result of it is sometimes what the nail techs do.
First, buff your fingernails with a nail file, eradicating the shiny coating of the gel polish.
Then, soak a cotton ball in acetone till it is saturated. Put the soaked cotton ball on prime of your buffed nail, and wrap your finger in a small square of aluminum foil to maintain the cotton ball in place. Repeat for your entire fingers.
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Remove the foil wraps, and use the cotton ball to wipe off any leftover polish in your nails.
The verdict: B+. The cotton ball soak left my fingers a disturbing shade of gray, however, the polish had bubbled and puckered throughout the 10 minutes, so that was encouraging. The precise foil wrap course of was extremely unwieldy and annoying, and it was troublesome for me to do it on all my fingers. Plus, the cotton ball-swipe methodology to complete removing the polish didn’t actually work, and that felt rough and form of painful on my fingers. In the event you use something else, like an orange stick, to scrape off the leftover polish, this methodology is fairly effective.
THE DOUBLE BOILER
You’ll need Two bowls, sizzling water, a nail file, acetone nail polish remover, and an orange stick.
I really like a double boiler with regards to baking – good day, melted chocolate! – however, I had no concept you possibly can use it in every other context. This is how it works as a nail polish remover!
First, buff your nails with a nail file to take away that shiny polish finish.
Then, fill a big bowl with hot water and place a smaller bowl inside. Pour acetone nail polish remover into that bowl. Soak your fingers in the small bowl for 10 minutes. Then, use an orange persist with the push off the remaining polish.
The verdict: Success!!! This technique was the fingers down winner. It was simple, it was clear, it was tremendous cheap – no actual supplies required – and it was *tremendous* effective. The polish simply pushed proper off.