WARNING: This post contains some nasty-looking photos.
There are a lot of things to love about home use LED gel nail kits; but removing gel nail polish is not one.
In my last post about What Companies Should Tell You, I waxed poetic about my frustration with the gel nail removal pads in DIY kits.
Unless you want to soak your fingertips in pure acetone for 10 minutes - I don't - you need some way to soak just the nails so that the gel nail polish softens and starts to lift and separate from the nail ...
... so that they look like this.
Then you use the scraper tool to lift the loose bits and scrape away any remainder. Unfortunately, in my experience, there's usually a lot still really stuck on.
WARNING #2: Do not angle the scraping tool too steeply. You may slice right through your nail to the nail bed. Yup - happened to me. I'm now left with one super-short fingernail. It'll grow out of course.
I already expressed how much I despise the foil removal wraps which come with the gel nail kits.
Following are the results of my efforts to improve on them.
Because the foil wraps cover half of each finger, they're clumsy and tend to fall off. Here I tried securing a foil wrap with a hair band. I still didn't like how long they are - reaching to the second joint.
[I admit part of the problem is that I cannot sit still and not use my hands for 10-15 minutes. I now do one hand at a time. That helps a bit.]
I tried cutting the foil warp down a bit and securing it with a hair band. That's a bit better.
Next I tried wetting the gauze pads of band aids with acetone.
Waterproof Nexcare bandage strips molded and stayed on, but the pads are too small for most fingernails.
Plastic band aids didn't work at all. The plastic doesn't hold up to acetone. Plus notice how the gauze pad slipped out of place.
My best solution so far is cloth bandage strips. They mold, stay in place, and carry enough acetone to remain moist for the duration.