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How to remove Calgel nails

Updated April 17, 2017

Calgel nails feature a thin, gel coating applied to the surface of your nails so they look as natural as possible. Calgel nails are applied by professional nail technicians. The nail treatments last for about three to five weeks. There are more than 70 colours featured in the Calgel nail system, so you may want to change the colour or design of your nails. You could get a trained professional to remove your nails; however, to save money, you can easily remove them at home with a few common household items.

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  1. Cut thin strips of aluminium foil approximately 2.5 by 7.5 (1 by 3 inches) long.

  2. Pour enough of the acetone nail polish remover onto a cotton pad to soak it. Wrap the cotton pad around your thumb.

  3. Wrap a piece of aluminium foil over the cotton pad, like a bandage.

  4. Repeat the process for the rest of your fingers and then do the same for your opposite hand. Let the acetone nail polish remover soak into your nails for about 20 minutes.

  5. Unwrap one finger to check if the gel coating can be removed easily from the surface. Use a cuticle pusher to gently scrape the gel coating from your nail's surface. If it scrapes off easily, then gently scrape the coating off of each nail. If it doesn't, leave the finger wraps on for an additional 10 minutes.

  6. Buff away any remaining residue of product with a nail buffer.

  7. Condition your hands and nails with oil after you have removed the nails.

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Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail oil

About the Author

Based in New York, Foziya Khan has been writing health and fitness articles for more than six years. She is a nutrition counselor by trade, specializing in weight management. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and food management from the University of Huddersfield.

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