How To Remove Polygel: Two Most Effective Ways

How To Remove Polygel
Remove Polygel Nails

Polygel nails have spectacular looks

Polygel nails are a newcomer to the beauty industry, but its popularity has dramatically increased. There is an interesting metaphor of polygel, you know what? It is compared to the successful result of the marriage between Acrylic nails and polygel nails because Polygel seems to inherit the good attributes from both sides.

And the good news is, like Gel Polish, Polygel gets removed in a much simpler and easier way than Acrylic manicures. Since more and more people switch to opt for Polygel thanks to its outstanding features, the question about how to remove Polygel properly also gets a lot of attention.

In this article, I will show you the two most common but effective ways to remove Polygel without ruining your natural nails. Let’s get started!

Acetone- Free Method

Items that you need to prepare:

  • A nail cutter
  • An e-nail file or a file with small grit ( from 120 to 150)
  • A 180 grit nail file
  •  Two buffing cubes ( one for smoothing out the nail surface, the other for polishing it; a professional buffing cube can have both the two functions, each on one side: smoothing and polishing)
  •  Cuticle oil

How to do it:

Step 1: Cutting any extra nail length with a nail cutter.

To make it easier to work with your nails later on, you had better remove any extra length. If you wish to keep the length of your natural nails, then only trim out the polygel extensions.

Step 2: Gently rubbing the polygel layer away Use the e-file or the 120 grit nail file to remove most of the polygel from your nails, moving from the cuticle to the tip of the nails.

When using the e-nail file, you need to be careful not to take off the top layers of natural nails. Remember to set the e-file at low speed.

Just file down the polygel to the thinness that you are comfortable with

 It is fine to leave some polygel on your nails.We will take care of it in the next step.

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Removing Polygel with an e-file

Step 3: Remove the remaining polygel

Once you have finished with the e-nail file/120 grit file, use the 180 grit file to gently buff off the remaining layers of polygel.

Keep in mind that at this step, you need to be very patient and careful, don’t rub too hard, otherwise, your natural nails will get damaged.

Step 4: Smooth out and polish the nail surface with buffing cubes

Filing off the polygel outlay will inevitably cause some scratches and imperfections in the nail surfaces.

Use a soft buffing cube to smooth out all the scratches and imperfections.

Use another cube (the polisher cube) to polish your nails.

Step 5: Hydrating the cuticles

Applying some cuticle oil to your nails to add some moisture back to your natural nails. Gently buffing the nails.

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Wrapping Method

Items that you need to prepare

  •     A cuticle pusher
  •     A nail file
  •     Cotton balls
  •      Aluminum foil sheets cut into pieces
  •     Acetone

Step 1: Cutting any extra nail length with a nail cutter.

For the same reason that I have mentioned on method 1, trimming out any extra length.

Step 2: Buff the top layers of polygel outlay

First, you need to break the seal at the tip of our fingers. If you have cut off the polygel extension, then you already did that.

Use the buffing cube to make the polygel buffy and cloudy so it will get removed more easily when reacting with acetone.

Step 3: Divide cotton balls into pieces that are big enough to cover your nails

Saturating them with acetone

Step 4: Wrapping

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Foil wrapping

Cover the surface of your nails with cotton pieces soaked with acetone.

Use Aluminum foil pieces to wrap up the top of the finger. The less air you let inside, the quicker the polygel gets loosened.

Wait for the acetone to do its job for 10-12 minutes.

Step 4: Peeling off the polygel

After 10 minutes, unfold the aluminum foils. At this time, the polygel kind of getting peeled off itself.

Use the cuticle pusher to gently scrape off the remaining polygel, moving from the cuticle part to the tip.

Step 5: Smooth and polish the nail by buffing

Use buffing cubes to smooth out and polish the surface of your nails once you have finished scraping off.

Notice: You can replace all the items needed for wrapping process by nail removal wraps, which are available in many beauty shops.

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Disposable nail removal wraps

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All the two methods I have described above are proved to be successful and are applied in most nail salons. Knowing how to remove Polygel safely is a guarantee for the health of your nails, so remember to do it the right way!

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