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    All The Tools You Need To Remove A Gel Manicure At Home, According To Nail Techs

    With the right tools and a little patience, you really can do it yourself.

    Whether the polish is starting to chip or you’re sick of the color, sometimes you must get rid of your manicure. But if you got gel nails, taking it off is a little more intensive than wiping with some remover and a cotton ball.

    Close-up of a person's hand with shimmering red nail polish, suggesting a glam look for shoppers

    To help you on your DIY nail journey, Thach, Nguyen and other nail techs broke down how to take off a gel mani and everything you need in the process.

    1. File off the top coat

    A stack of gray nail files with one file leaning against the pile, labeled 100/180 grit

    2. Lather on the cuticle oil...

    Cuticle oil bottle with dropper from Cuccio Naturale, "Luxury Spa" and "Revitalizing" text visible

    3. ...or some Vaseline or Aquaphor

    Two skin care products: Vaseline Jelly and Aquaphor Healing Ointment

    4. Foil-wrap cotton balls dipped in pure acetone

    Acetone bottle, Amazon Basics cotton balls pack, aluminum foil sheets, and foil-wrapped fingertips

    5. Gently push the rest of the polish off with sticks

    Pack of 50 Orange Wood Sticks for nail care, with manicure pusher tool function, measuring 4.5 inches long and 0.15 inches in diameter

    6. Give your naked nails a little buff

    Five purple yoga blocks stacked in an asymmetric pattern

    7. Make sure your hands and nails are hydrated

    Three hand cream tubes: O'Keeffe's Working Hands, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hands, L'Occitane en Provence

    8. Or grab a handy kit

    Various nail salon supplies including bottles, buffers, a cleaning brush, files, and tweezers