Gel nails are the easiest way to keep your colour without a touch-up for weeks on end, but how easy are they to remove? You have a few options – return to your nail salon, and for an additional fee get them to remove it, or simply use some of our tricks below and do it yourself at home.

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What you need

Acetone or nail polish remover

10 cotton balls

Aluminium foil


Cuticle stick


  1. Using the rough side of a nail file, carefully rub down over the top of your nails until the gloss wears away.
  2. Wrap each nail individually into a cotton ball with acetone and one thin layer of aluminium paper. Press it down firmly over the top of each nail, and work one hand at a time.
  3. Wait for at least 10 minutes for the acetone to carefully remove any gel polish off the nail bed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, then remove any remaining pieces with a cuticle stick.
  4. For extra hydration, use a thick moisturiser and lather it over your hands and nail bed before relaxing for the night. Then move onto the next hand and repeat the process again.


Easy! Would you try this method at home?

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