Women have always had a pervasive inclination towards nail paints. Decorating nails is not relatively a new concept. Rather it dates back to the era when mummified Pharaohs, Indian and African women used to paint their nails with henna.
Did you know that nail polish was originated in China in 3000 BC. It was made using ingredients, such as beeswax, gelatin, vegetable dyes and egg whites. And it was also used to signify a difference between classes. The nude colors were worn by lower class whereas rich people used red color to paint their nail.
With advent of time, nail polishes underwent many transformational changes and were gradually overtaken by the new concept of gel paints which is now the latest trend in nail polish.
Before you know the tips on gel polish removal, let’s take a quick look at the intricacies of gel paints.
- The nails should be properly and well cleaned before application of gel paints else they will stick to that debris, instead of your nail. Also, shake the gel polish bottle well so that it can be evenly applied.
- Application of Aquaphor around the cuticles is essential before you apply the gel paint so that if the paint strays there by mistake, it can easily be wiped off, thanks to the lotion.
- Start the art of painting with short strokes and thin layers. It is essential that you apply 2 -3 layers to give it a shining and flawless finish and then seal it by capping it up.
- Before you begin curing do not forget to remove the excess polish around the nails, else it will not come off after being cured.
- Take it easy while you place your fingers in the right size lamp to cure your gel polish.
- Remove your fingers from the lamp and then finish it by applying the top coat.
Now comes the difficult part of having to remove the gel paint. It should not be as difficult, as it seems to be.
Removing gel polish effortlessly and in the correct manner is considered the biggest threat in the nail industry, presently. The female population is wreathing in anxiety while looking at their empty nail polish bottles wondering how to save their nails from getting chipped, sustaining cracks and pits when removing the gel polish.
There are several speculative discussions going around why removal of gel paint is causing such a problem. Is it the negligence of the nail technicians in not soaking the gel paint long enough to break the hard bond?
Why is it important to be careful while removing gel paint?
It is because when gel paint is wrongly removed, it not only leaves white spots on the nails but also takes away parts of natural nail, causing pockets in the nails. And what seems to be more annoying is the evasive reply of the nail technicians that this is just a dehydration of the nail plate and it is perfectly natural.
Now, experts usually deny this fact and state that it is not acetone which is the culprit but the keratin layer in the nail. It is the layer which is sustaining the maximum damage when nail polish is being removed forcibly.
What is the Right Technique, then?
It is quite simple but one needs to be well versed with this art of removal unequivocally.
Let’s begin by taking a deep look at what the nails say to you before you get on with the removal of the gel polish.
- If you have been wearing it for more than 21 days, you definitely need to soak it in the removal solution for a while longer than usual. Once you feel you are done, remove the wraps and gauge whether the gel paint is still sticking to the nail or coming off without much effort. If it is still snagging, immerse your nails for some extended time in the acetone solution.
- The basic problem somewhere does lie in the nail technicians not being well-trained in this art. What is being overlooked by the nail industry is that gel paint is a stroke of creative art on the nails and it cannot be removed by a novice. Removal of the gel paint is also an equally immersing artisan’s task. Do not scrape the nail not with a wooden scrapper.
Can gel paint be removed by oneself?
Why not? It is not that difficult if you know the right procedure to do it.
- Take out 30 minutes or more from your busy schedule and keep it aside. You are going to need it, so do not worry and try to cut it short.
- Look around your house for a well- ventilated area and try this technique there so that you do not inhale the fumes of the acetone.
- Then apply cream or cuticle oil around your nails.
- Soak cotton balls in acetone solution and place it on the nails, thereafter wrapping them with square shaped aluminum foils. Let them be for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes.
- Take a peek into the nails and see if the nail paint is coming off easily. If it is, wipe them along with the cotton ball, or else wrap them up again and soak in the acetone solution for a while longer.
- Wind up by soaking our nails in coconut oil for 5 to 10 minutes so that the dryness left on them by being soaked for long in acetone wears off.
Gel paint removal is a little tricky because it is different and we all know things that are unique require a lot more effort and skills than the normal ones do. Gel paint being the most sought after art of decorating nails these days does have its limitations but if well-versed, then nothing better than flashing around your nails with a glowing color of your desire gel paint.
So, now you know all the tricks to remove the gel paint, it should not be difficult anymore to try it at home.