Need to get your gel polish off and don’t have the time or patience to head to the salon? We’ve been there. The temptation to pick/rip/bite off the polish is strong, but resist it. You can remove gel without damaging your nails. We talked to celebrity manicurists and beauty experts to find out exactly how to remove gel nail polish at home safely, without going to the salon. Follow this guide and your nails will stay strong and healthy!
1. Find a Well-Ventilated Space
Give yourself plenty of time for the removal process and most importantly, do it in a well-ventilated area so you’re not breathing in all that acetone, says nail and beauty expert Jenna Hipp. The process can’t really be done in a rush — you’ll need about 30 minutes. It’s a perfect time to turn on your favorite sitcom or have a long chat via speaker phone.