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Treated myself to the Opi version of Shellac nails for the 1st time at Christmas. I've been really happy with the result but now it's removal time. The salon charges £10 for removal, unless you have it all reapplied. I had a look on amazon at removal products but many seem to have poor reviews. Question is ; self removal (been told must not pick off), if so which product? Or pay the cash & let the salon do it. Thanks in advance.
Yes you use acetone. However I get the gel paint applied and I just pick it off when I get sick of it. I've done this loads and its never damaged my nails. Sometimes I apply clear nail varnish but usually my nails are fine £10 is a bit steep considering they are quite dear to get done.
I got a gel nail kit for Xmas - am taking them off tonight. The instructions on mine are buff nail varnish to take shine off - soak fingertips in acetone (95p bottle home bargains) or wrap in foil with cotton pads soaked to acetone- leave 10/15 mins, varnish should scrape off easily ....
Other tips to help: Buff off all the shiny top layer first - but not down to your natural nail. If you are going to file your nails/clip them down anyway, do this before removal too. Both of these mean less time with acetone.
If you are using acetone in a bowl, warming it speeds up the process. (Put in a bowl of hot water & add a couple of drops of oil) If using foil method, keep foils as tight as possible to keep heat in and acetone touching polish
You can scrape off any excess left with a cuticle stick or you can buy a version of the tool salons use here for £5 There's a good removal video on that site too
After use cuticle oil, or just plain olive oil to stop cuticles drying out. (Unless you are reapplying straight away - then definitely no oil!)
People's nails have different levels of adhesion so if your polish really sticks hard, try using the primer next time you apply just around the edge of the nail
You need acetone nail varnish to soak off gel nails, my local Boots sells this behind the counter as it's really flammable Wouldn't py £10 to have the salon do what will cost you £1 at home. Bu I have my own uv lamp and do my gel nails at home too