How To Get Rid Of Your No-Chip Gel Manicure

Gel manicures, it is not the best thing for your nails, definitely the best thing for an indestructible mani that lasts and lasts. You win some, you lose some.

But a perfect no-chip manicure doesn’t come without its faults—particularly, the stress of trying to remove it when a lengthy salon trip isn’t in the cards. Peeling off polish is not an option, because since the gel coat adheres to your nail, you’ll be taking a layer of your actual nail off with it. Not cool.

There’s hope, however, because a safe DIY solution isn’t totally out of the question. Follow these six steps, and you’ll be free of both your no-chip nail polish and nail damage:

Step 1: Pour your acetone nail polish remover into a dish.

Step 2: Rip off multiple pieces of aluminum foil, 10 in total to cover each finger, that are large enough to wrap around your fingernails.

Step 3: Dip a cotton ball in the acetone, lay on the fingernail, and cover in aluminum foil. Continue on each finger until all of your fingers are covered.

Step 4: Hang out for about 15 minutes with the cotton balls wrapped in foil on your fingers.

Step 5: Remove all the foils and lightly push off the polish. At this point it should come off fairly easily. If it doesn’t, soak for a bit longer.

Step 6: Apply cuticle oil and nail oil to all of your nails and cuticles—no-chip nail polish is way drying to your nails (and nail polish remover is drying to your cuticles) so moisturize ’em for best results.