(Closed) How do I get these gel nails off??

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh, that was the only tip I was going to give you, was to soak them.  Does your nail polish remover have acetone in it?  Otherwise, I think you can pay the salon to remove them?

Post # 5
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I soak them in 100% acetone for an hour or two. Then I take a toothpick and nail file and work on getting them off. The whole process takes about 4 hours and leaves my nails nasty.

You can pay the salon to take them off. They pretty much rip them straight off but it is quicker than doing it yourself :/

Post # 7
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It takes awhile but you can file them off. Soak them in the nail polish, then take a sturdy nail file and file them down. Keep repeating until there gone. 

Post # 8
1899 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do not file them down, I heard this will ruin your nails. 

Your best bet is to return to the salon to get them taken off. They shouldn’t charge you and its sleazy if they do. But if you don’t want to do that. 

Get a small bowl for each hand and let your fingers soak for a very long time. I would sit down and watch a movie or a good long tv show. Then after you’ve soaked for at least 30 mins. get an orange stick (one of those wooden cuticle remover) and start at the cuticle. Using the flat edge, get the stick underneath the gel part until you can feel it pushing up. If the gel does not budge, you need to keep soaking. Eventually, your nails will have soaked enough that you can use the edge to lift the gel off. 

Yes, it’s a pain in the ass, which is why I recommend going back to the salon. But you can do it at home, it just takes time and patience

Post # 9
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you nails have a gel top coat and an acrylic undercoat (like most nail tips are)?

If so, LIGHTLY file the tops of your nails, it will break up the gel top coat and then soak them for a while in acetone.   After they have been soaking for a 20-25 minutes start at the cuticle and scrap down the nail towards the free edge.   Do NOT push the Orange stick below the acrylic and onto your natural nail.   You will end up just ripping your natural nail.

Post # 10
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just go to the salon and get them removed.  Don’t risk damaging your actual nail trying to do it yourself.

Post # 11
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve done this before. Go to the salon and ask them for a “soak off.” Do not let them pop the gel off with their nippers or you will ruin your nails. They have little machines that they put acetone in that kind of bubble and flow.  You will need to soak them for a while to avoid any nail damage, but if patient, they can “wipe” the gel right off when they are ready.

Mine only cost $10 and my nails were intact when I was done.

Post # 12
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Aiee! My salon suggested gel nails for my wedding. They swear they’re easy to remove (I’ve never had any sort of fake nails before). Sounds like you don’t recommend them! How were they before you tried to take them off? What did you finally do? Hope they came off OK.

Post # 13
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve filed mine off before and it did not ruin my nails it actually did better w/o soaking them though, I tried the soaking in nail polish thing but it made my nails REALLY weak once the fake part was off. I would really recommend going to the salon but you can file them down and plus it doesn’t hurt like it does when you try to pick them off.

Post # 14
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have pretty nice nails to begin with, but decided to get tips for a special occasion. They were pretty for a long time, but having them removed was absolutely ridiculous. I resolved to just stick with my natural nails in the future. I know it can ruin your nails for a while having it done (and having them removed), and many women who have their nails done in this way have a nail appointment every three weeks to touch-up/redo the acrylic. Their natural nails are now horribly deteriorated and weak.

Post # 16
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yikes, I am dealing with this too! I had them for my June 19 wedding and they are disgusting now, but I’m not sure what to do either. I agree, they looked great for the wedding, though! I think I am going to go to a salon and ask for a soak off.

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