How To Remove Your Shellac At Home Without Ruining Your Nails

BY Stephanie Carmona Fagundes / Mar 29 2020 / 15:52 PM

A comprehensive guide for when you’re stuck at home or don’t have the time to hit the nail salon, but still want to look poised and polished with shellac-free nails

How To Remove Your Shellac At Home Without Ruining Your Nails

Getting shellac nails is definitely the best decision to make when you don’t have enough time to keep running back to your favourite salon for weekly manicure. But what about removing them?

The temptation to rip off the polish is always strong, especially when we start to see our manicures chip but with shellac polish this is a big "no-no." When you peel off your gel polish, you’re also taking off layers of your nail so having a professional remove it is your safest bet. 

But here comes the question again, when do I have time to go to the salon? How do I remove it when I'm in self-isolation? BAZAAR is here to make your life easier and share with you six main steps when it comes to removing your shellac nail polish at home without destroying your beautiful nails.

1. Save 30 Minutes of Your Day

Removing your shellac nails takes its time and it cannot really be done in a rush, otherwise the results will lead you to the salon to get them fixed up…and we don’t want that happening. Consider this as a "me time." Watch your fave Netflix series, pamper yourself and try not to feel guilty about taking care of your nails.

2. Nail File Time

Gently file down the top layer of polish to mainly remove the shine of it. We don’t want you hurting your nails, so remember to do it slowly and gently.

3. Protect Your Cuticle’s Skin

Coat the skin around your nails with a special cuticle oil, serum or a thick cream to hydrate and protect it from the harmful effects of acetone.

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4. Soak Your Nails in Acetone

The key to removing this resistant polish is acetone. You can try dipping in your finger on a bowl filled with acetone or either soak some cotton balls to later apply them on to your nails. Pro tip: when choosing the perfect acetone, go for the ones without moisturising ingredients.

5. Wrap Your Fingertips Up in Aluminum Foil

Get your foil paper and wrap your fingertips up along with the cotton balls on them and leave from 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, it should be easier to remove the remaining polish with some more acetone and cotton. If not, repeat the soaking process for another five minutes.

6. Hydrate All The Way…and Voila!

Acetone can be pretty damaging and drying for your skin. So, after the whole process is finished treat your hands to some coconut oil and to finish up, apply a bit of cuticle oil on your nail beds. Hydration is a must to make your nails look freshly gorgeous after a tough shellac removal.

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