You’ve paid out upwards of R395 for a glossy gel manicure and now it’s time to trudge back to the salon and pay R55 for the privilege of having them soaked off. We’ll let you into a secret, it’s actually really easy to remove gel nail polish at home.
All you need is:
An acetone nail polish remover. We love the salon-style pump action of the Sorbet Salon Pump Harden Nail Polish Remover, R45,95, www.clicks.co.za
– Cotton wool pads
– A sheet of kitchen foil (yes really)
– A nail file and cuticle stick
Step 1: File the tops of your nails
First, file over the top of your gel nail polish, make sure to go right to the edge – this breaks the seal and removes the glossy topcoat. Be careful not to catch the delicate surrounding skin. Try: Elegant Touch Large Emery Boards, R24,95, www.clicks.co.za
Step 2: Wash your hands
Wash your hands to remove any dust left over from filing. Your colour should now be completely matte as you’ve filed off the glossy topcoat.
Step 3: Soak your cotton wool pads
Next, cut your round cotton wool pads into half moons, or if you used square pads, into quarters. Soak them in the acetone nail polish remover. Try: Dove Cotton Wool Pads, R21,95, www.clicks.co.za
Step 4: Wrap your fingertips in foil
Pop a piece of soaked cotton wool over each nail and wrap your finger tip in foil. Make sure you cut the pieces of foil big enough to wrap the whole finger top so they stay on.
Step 5: Be patient
Leave on for 15 minutes to enable the acetone to lift the gel off from your nail plate without damaging it.
Step 6: Remove the gel nail polish
Finally, remove the foil/cotton wool and use a cuticle stick to gently remove the lifted gel. Try: Dis-chem Wooden Cuticle Sticks, 12-pack, R5,95, www.dischem.co.za
Step 7: Buff your nails
Using a multi-way buffer, lightly buff away any remaining gel or ridges on your nails. Try: Sorbet 7-Way Buffer, R75, www.sorbet.co.za
Now you’re ready to apply your own gel nails at home.