Gel Nail Polish Remover
In present times, gel nails have found a place in traditional manicure which are different from the regular acrylic nails. This is the new trend of nails. It is a variety of artificial nail that stays for 10-12 days without cracking or chipping. It is comparatively pricey to acrylics.
Types of gels
• Hard gel
• Soft gel
Hard as the name suggests, is hard or tough once it is cured under light emitting diode to be converted to an extension of nail. Soft gel implies to gel product that is too soft to be converted to an extension of nail. Thicker gels and gel polishes come under this category.
What is curing?
This is a chemical process. The gel has photo initiators that when exposed to light (LED/UV), this process is initiated and a chain reaction occurs. The oligomers mix and long chains are formed in the process of polymerization. Hardening of gel is due to the bonded chains. The curing process begins when photo initiators are initiated by heat.
Which types of gel nail polishes are better for easy removal?
The two types of gel nail polish are also termed as file-offs (hard gel) and soak offs (soft gel). They appear to be same but soak offs are better and easy to be removed especially when you want to do it at home on your own. But professionally, both types don’t make a difference. Soft gels can easily be eradicated at home by soaking them in acetone for around 10-15 minutes. This type causes minimal or no harm to your nail. Hard gel also termed file offs cannot be removed with acetone soak-up. They can only be removed by filing off.
How to remove gel nail polish at home
Gel Nail Polish Remover is simple when it comes to soak offs types of gel nails. Hence it can be done at home and you can save a buck or two of the salon expenses. It takes a minute or two more than the usual nail polish. If you are able to remove them properly without damaging your natural nails then you may want to opt for gel nail polish even more. But frequent removal can weaken your nails. The technique is simple and let’s see how to do it.
• Acetone – gel nail polish removing solvent
• Cotton balls
• Orange stick
• Nail file
• Aluminium foil
• Small bowl
Set up a space in your house free of furniture, clothing or any other item which can risk from stains or acetone. Take a newspaper or a cardboard of cereal box and place on the area of operation. Have water handy. Take aluminium foils and cut/tear them to cover the nail tops. Wrap them up around the nails prior to removal for size and keep them aside. Keep other items like acetone, nail buffer, cotton balls, nail file, extra foil strips and orange stick around the station. These are usually available readily in any supermarket or drug store in cosmetics section. Take a nail file for scuffing the nail surface. Scuffing is essential for deep penetration of acetone. Take a small bowl and pour in acetone into it. Take a cotton ball and soak it in acetone. Place it on one of the scuffed nail. Wrap it with aluminium foil with acetone soaked cotton ball in tact on nail covering it. This leads to penetration of acetone and also produces heat for Gel Nail Polish Remover. This process has to be repeated with other nails too. Leave the wrapped alumium foiled nails for around 7 mins. It is easy to handle with one hand at one time. Later, remove the foil off the finger and scrape the gel nail polish with an orange stick. The gel nail polish should come off easily at this point. The scrape of gel nail polish should be collected on the paper and eradicated in a garbage bin rather than washing off in the sink. You can refoil with same foils with cotton (with acetone) if longer soaking is required. Once all the scrapping is done, wash the hands with water and soap to clean them properly. Pat them dry. Use a nail buffer to buff your nails at this point. This is for eradicating the remaining nail polish. Use it softly to prevent damage to nails. Now after entire eradication, rinse again with water. Later moisturize your skin as the entire process of acetone application and buffing may cause nail to weaken and skin to dry.