As I’ve been away from my blog (which I actually do miss. It was all I could think about yesterday), I jumped on the severely-late train and tried gel nail polish for the first time and I love it! I went to a spa and had it done there, and it’s been about 3 weeks. I took the plunge and bought a Seche Ultra V light and some supplies to try it on my own at home. Seeing as though I need to get the strong polish off, I searched YouTube for tutorials on how to remove gel nail polish at home. And I just wanted to cry.
I’m not knocking these people for how they choose to take off their gel polish, but I (personally) wouldn’t be telling my followers/viewers/readers/friends to do these things. I would say 95% of the tutorials that were posted were 33% true. Saturating some cotton in acetone, placing it on the nail, and wrapping your fingertips in foil is totally fine and normal (seeing as though I do that already to get off my stubborn glitter polishes when I wear them). Really, that is the most you should be doing. But the steps afterward were just heart-stopping.
The rest of the tutorial(s) were: “Use a metal nail groomer/cuticle pusher and SCRAPE YOUR NAILS UNTIL THEY COME OFF.” There was one that I watched that had me dying, and they followed up with “Now, use a nail file and file off the pieces that you can’t get off.” My fingers were sore just watching.
If I had to give someone a tutorial on how to remove gel polish, I would have one step (and maybe an optional step #2): Soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it on your nail, wrap it in foil, and soak it for as long as you need until the polish wipes off. Optional step #2 (if truly necessary): Use an orange stick if you have to apply (almost little to no) pressure to get the polish to ‘pop off’. That would be it. Scraping and filing your nails is just damaging, no matter how you put it.
So, please. Don’t scrape. Please don’t. Just stop at step one.