How to Take Off Gel X Nails at Home: Step by Step Guide

How to Take Off Gel X Nails at Home Step by Step Guide

If you love intricate nail art, long almond nails, and glitzy chrome manicures, then you are probably familiar with acrylic nails and gel extensions, also known as gel-x nails. It’s a new fad and one of the most trending things on the internet for a long time. 

Gel extensions are improved press-on nails glued to your natural nails. They provide strength and durability and allow you to create any length and shape. They are an excellent choice for showcasing all kinds of nail art. At the same time, they are easy to apply and use fewer chemicals, creating fewer fumes than acrylic nails.

Irrespective of how trendy and easy they are, proper removal of gel extensions is crucial to minimize damage to the natural nails. By following the appropriate removal process, you can promote the healthy growth of your natural nails. 

Even though the process of removal may look intimidating, it can be done quickly at home. This article will help you learn how to take off gel x nails at home without harming your natural nails.

Gel Extension Nails

Extension Nails

Gel extension nails are artificial nails attached to natural nails using builder gel or gel glue. Once connected, these nails are cured using a UV light. The gel nails are soft and flexible and can be extracted easily by soaking them in acetone. They come in various shapes and sizes, ranging from long coffins to short squares to medium almond-shaped. 

Gel x nails typically last around three to four weeks and can be easily removed without damaging your nails. The soft-gel extensions dissolve when soaked in acetone, allowing a new set to be applied.

What Tools and Products Are Required to Remove Gel-X Nails?

Here is a comprehensive list of items you will require to remove your gel-x nails at home:

  • 100% pure acetone.
  • Cotton balls.
  • One sheet of tin foil or a bowl.
  • Nail clippers.
  • A heavy-duty nail file.
  • Cuticle pusher.
  • Cuticle oil.

There are several safe ways to remove gel nails, including going to a nail salon for professional removal, using the right tools at home, or using acetone.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Removing Gel-X Nails

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Prepare your workspace

Start by arranging all your materials on a table or counter, making the removal process more accessible and organized. 

2. File the Top Coat

Use a nail file to gently break the seal of the gel-x nails’ shiny top coat before applying acetone to allow for more effective gel penetration. Once the seal broken, the process of taking off gel x nails becomes hassle-free. 

3. Soak Cotton Balls in Acetone

Soak Cotton Balls in Acetone

Soak cotton balls in acetone until fully saturated but not dripping. Acetone will help to break the bonds and ease the removal process. 

4. Wrap Your Nails

Wrap your nails

Place the acetone-soaked cotton balls on top of each nail, ensuring the entire surface is covered. Wrap each finger with a small aluminium foil to hold the cotton ball for the desired time. Acetone will work on the bond between gel x nails and natural nails, weakening them for easy removal.  

5. Wait for 15-20 Minutes

Allow acetone to soak into the gel-x nails for at least 20 minutes. This will soften the gel and make it easier to remove.

6. Remove the Foil and Cotton 

After 15-20 minutes, remove the foil wraps from your fingers. The gel should appear soft and gummy, making it easier to remove.

7. Gently Take Off the Nail

Use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to remove the softened gel gently. Be gentle and avoid scraping or damaging your natural nails.

8. Repeat If Necessary

If some gel remains, apply acetone-soaked cotton balls and foil to your nails again and wait for another 5-10 minutes. Then, gently push off the remaining gel. 

After removing the gel extensions, use a buffer to buff your natural nails and gently remove excess glue.

9. Moisturize Your Nails

After removing the gel from your nails, wash your hands with soap and water and apply cuticle oil or a nail strengthener to moisturize and protect your natural nails.

Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Safely Remove Gel X Nails

  • Avoid peeling or picking at the nails, which can damage your natural nails.
  • Stop and consult a professional nail technician if you experience any discomfort or irritation during the removal process.
  • After removing the gel-x nails, give your nails a break before applying any new nail enhancements. This will allow them to recover.


Now that we have explained how to take off gel x nails, removing them at home safely and effectively with the right tools and techniques will become easy. By following the step-by-step guide outlined above, you can safely remove gel extension nails without causing any damage to your natural nails. 

It is essential to be patient and gentle throughout the process to ensure the health and integrity of your nails.

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