What are you doing with your nails? I’ve been asked this. I’ve asked my friends this. Everyone seems to be asking this and wondering what is the best solution for at home manicures. Here is exactly how I plan on removing my current gel manicure, and I even had my manicurist give professional tips! Plus, I’ve included some of the items I purchased for at home manicures in the coming weeks.
AT HOME MANICURE REMOVAL
This is the best way my friends, family, and myself have found to remove any type of shellac, dip, or acrylic off your nails. You will need acetone – I linked mine (here), cotton balls, tin foil, and a cuticle pusher or nail cleaner something like (this) to scrap the polish off. You may also need another person to help you wrap your nails up or help scrap the polish off your dominant hand.
PRO TIP: I texted my manicurist, Tracy when they shut down my nail salon, and asked her what to do. She said you will see lots of tricks out there and many work but the “standard, salon removal” is going to get you the best results for healthy nails. She also said if you follow the process below and can’t get everything off, wrap your nails up again, wait a bit longer + repeat.
GEL/SHELLAC MANICURE + ACRYLIC AT HOME REMOVAL STEPS:
- Rip apart the cotton balls into 10 thin layers and cut 10 pieces of tin foil (one for each nail).
- Highly concentrate the thin layer of cotton ball in acetone.
- Place the cotton ball on the nail and wrap the nail in foil.
- Let your nails sit and soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Once your nail have soaked take a cuticle pusher or nail cleaner to push the polish off the nail.
1. CLASSIC MANICURE
Back to the absolute basics of a manicure… standard nail polish. I have not painted my nails at home in over 5 years. So, I ordered a few new polish colors to use for painting. Below are the ones I got as they are my absolute favorites. This is what I plan on doing for pedicures.
OPI ALL YOUR DREAMS IN VENDING MACHINES (here)
OPI MOD ABOUT YOU (here)
OPI BUBBLE BATH (here)
OPI FUNNY BUNNY (here)
OPI MY CHIHUAHUA DOESN’T BITE ANYMORE (here)
OPI CAJUN SHRIMP (here)
2. LED GEL NAIL LAMP (here)
This has been in my shopping cart forever but I have yet hit purchase. I cannot stand chipped manicures and I am so rough on my nails that if I don’t have a gel manicure, I have a chip a minute after painting, so this may be my best solution.
LED GEL NAIL POLISHES (here)
If you’ve been here for awhile, you are probably familiar with my gem of a mother, Debbie Gleisberg. Amidst the initial quarantine chaos, my mom called me with a panicked tone in her voice. She said, “okay, Lauren… I was just at Walmart getting items and the women checking me out had the most beautiful nails. So, I asked her what she would be doing now that salons are closed and she told me about these imPRESS press-on nails. We’ve got to get them.” Sold! Debbie Gleisberg with yet another product win… this is where I get it ;):)
I was obsessed with glue on nails in high school and I love both of these options!
Speaking of my high school glue on nails, these are the ones I used. I just love a french manicure.
I would love to hear what you are doing with your nails. Please comment below with anything you can add to our list!