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Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

Nail salons are closed of course.  I had mine done 1st week of March - my nails are much to long (I like active length) anyway, I have gel polish w/clear coat.

 

What is the best way to "trim" or "file" to make shorter?

 

At this point, the gel should probably removed -- I'm sure my nails will be thin & nasty.  

 

What is the proper way to remove since I'm gonna have to do something soon since businesses will be closed until May 1.

 

Thank you!!!

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

Any nail file will shorten your nails.

 

Check out you tube for videos on removing your polish. You will need cotton, acetone, and tin foil.


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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

My nail tech uses clippers. If you file to soften the edges (or length) file in one direction.

There are some great tutorials on line...

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

Same issue here.  I just ordered something from Ulta that's supposed to take the gel off easier.  It's called Erase by Red Carpet.  I haven't received it yet, but it has good reviews.  
I hate doing my own nails and haven't done them in years, but my nails are way too long so I have to do it.  

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

I've watched many youtube videos but just not sure if these techniques were the best...

 

but, guess that's the answer! Now to find acetone...ugh...

 

 

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)


@homedecor1 wrote:

I've watched many youtube videos but just not sure if these techniques were the best...

 

but, guess that's the answer! Now to find acetone...ugh...

 

 


I've always been able to find acetone in the nail care shelf of any drugstore or Wal-Mart

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

I bought a nail file 100/180.  First time I've bought a nail file in 30 years.  I have hard gel nails.  I filed them down to my normal short length.  Good thing is I had an ombré design last appt., so they still look ravishing!  I was so excited I showed my husband, & in typical husband fashion he said, "see, you don't need a nail salon!"  I just laughed & said my appointment is May 3rd, thank you.

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

Not a nail tech, but I too wear gels.  You will need a coarse nail file, cotton balls, foil, and 100% pure acetone.  You may also want a metal cuticle pusher.  File the shiny top coat off your nails.  Soak a small piece of cotton in acetone and wrap foil on finger to hold in place on the nail.  Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes (20 would be better).  Remove the foil from one finger and use the metal pusher to gently scrape the gel off.  If it doesn't move easily, you may need to file, apply soaked cotton with foil and wait another 10 minutes.  If you have gel nails it will take longer to remove than gel polish.  The most important thing is to be gentle.  If the gel doesn't move relatively easily, then repeat the process.  

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

I ordered acetone from amazon....ultra probably sells acetone

they also ship if you order online.....

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Re: Any Nail Techs Here - I need advice (gel polish)

@homedecor1  First, I'm not a nail tech. However, my love of indie regular nail polish led me to to an international nail expert, a chemist whose expertise involves development and usage of nail products. I ended up finding the field extremely interesting even tho I enjoy changing my polish far too frequently for gel polish to make any sense for me.

 

Do you only have only gel that was cured under a lamp over your natural nail? Or was the gel polish applied over some other enhancement (such as acrylic, soak off gel, hard gel used to reinforce and/or extend the nail)?

 

If it's simply gel polish, you should be able to just file to shorten (might want to use a coarser grit file than you would on natural nails). I would recommend the following video by The Nail Hub:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di2UYsFOX0o  You can use aluminum foil and cotton balls. Based on my experience removing glitter polish, I would suggest heavy duty foil if you have it. Also unless your cotton balls are really small, you'll probably need to cut them at least in half, maybe even thirds or quarters.

 

Err on the side of leaving on for a longer time rather than increasing the risk of damage by scraping too hard in an attempt to speed up the process. Plenty of available time now anyway, right? Also, the longer gel polish is on the nail, the more difficult it will be to remove. You want 100 percent acetone, preferably a brand specifically marketed for polish removal (my understanding is that there will always be a small amount of contnaminents; what those are could vary in acetone marketed for other uses).

 

It's normal for nails that have been covered for a long time to be a bit soft immediately after product is removed. Think of what happens when we've had a bandage on for a while...takes a bit for the skin to get back to normal. But most actual damage is related to poor application and/or removal techniques.

 

If you do have something between the gel polish and your nail, do your best to describe what it is and I'll see what I can find.

 

Also, do NOT fall for any of the "magic" "burst" "bubbling" gel polish removers. Some are still showing up on Amazon. Some brands were tested a few months ago and were found to contain a chemical formerly contained in varnish remover, a chemical now banned even for that use. There were also cases of inaccurate ingredient lists and fake msds/sds sheets. The expert I mentioned above was very active in getting the dangers documented. Unfortunately, it looks like the products are still available, just with different brand names. Best to just avoid.