Trust us—we know the feeling all too well. You’ve had a gel manicure, your colourful nails look amazing for two to three weeks and you’re on top of the world. But then you notice that they’re catching a little when you wash your hair. Later, while washing up, you spot that the edges are starting to lift. You start inspecting. First, you just pick a tiny corner to try and minimise the damage, but then the high of the peel takes over and 20 minutes later you’re crying into a pile of gel flakes with nails that resemble shredded tissue paper.
The truth is, at-home nail upkeep is actually quite tough. Without an expert there to guide you through things step-by-step, it’s all too easy to make a wrong turn, especially when it comes to gels. Nail Expert at OPI, Belinda Price explains, “The nail is made up of many layers and if the gel is peeled off, it can take a layer of nail with it causing thinning and damage. To grow the damage out can take around three months.”
However, despite being told time and time again that when it comes to gel nails, it’s always best to leave it to the experts, with a hold on any salon trips for a little while, we figured it’s important to share how to remove your gel manicure at home. So, in a bid to protect nail beds across the land, keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide on how to remove gel polish without ruining your nails.