Thank You, Internet—This Gel Polish Remover Hack Is So Easy

Elinor Block
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Imaxtree

Gel nail polish revolutionised manicures for two reasons: It looks super shiny and stays put. However, when it comes to removing gel, it's harder than trying to make space on your iPhone (storage is the bane of my existence). Before I knew how to do it myself, I would idly end up peeling it off around the dog-eared three-week mark. Aside from the fact that it's a gross thing to do (shout-out to that man on my commute who once thought I was pulling my actual nails off), it meant that my nails were so weak and dry, they often gave up and broke right off.

But it doesn't have to be this way. There is a simple way to remove your gel polish, and that's to book an appointment at a nail bar and get it removed professionally. However, if you want to remove it swiftly at home, there is another option. Happily, thanks to the wonders of the internet, I found a DIY guide to removing a gel manicure that won't wreck your nails and won't draw disgusted looks from your fellow commuters. Want to know what that is? Keep scrolling for my step-by-step guide on how to remove gel nail polish, plus shop the after-care products you need to keep your nails intact.

Next up: 2017 is the year nail designs make their return.

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