How to Remove Gel Nails From Toes and Brushes


With the proper cleaning, gel nail brushes can look new, and gel nails can be removed effortlessly. Gel nails are smooth, beautiful artificial nails similar to acrylic nails. Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails are healthier, long lasting and flexible. Since gel nails are applied at a salon, most believe that they have to go to a salon to remove them. However, these artificial nails can be removed easily at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton ball

Removing Gel Nails

  • Choose a location with good ventilation. It is best to remove gel nails from your nails and brushes outside. If you are not able to go outside, sit by an open window. Make sure the room has vents.

  • Fill a small bowl with acetone nail polish remover.

  • Put your fingernails in the bowl. Within 10 minutes, you will notice an odor. This is caused by the acetone and the gel nails mixing.

  • Remove your hands from the bowl. The gel nails will be soft and sticky. Begin pulling at the gel nails to remove them. Repeat this until they are all removed.

  • Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover. Rub it against your nails to remove any residue.

Removing Gel Nails from Brushes

Tips & Warnings

  • Moisturize your nails well after removing gel nails.
  • Do not allow the gel nails to stay on the bristles for too long. If it hardens, it will be difficult to remove with acetone nail polish remover.

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