How To Remove Gel Nails – Removing hard Gel UV

In this guide we will explain how to remove gel nails that have been applied using hard gel uv. There are 2 types of Gel UV nail application methods. These are hard gel UV and soak off gel. You can read more about the differences between hard gel and soak off gel or learn more about what is soak off gel here at

How To Remove Gel Nails – Hard Gel

First you need to trim your nails. Use a nail clipper to clip off the part of the nail that continues past your finger tip (the free edge).  Trim them as short as you can. If they are too thick to cut with a nail clipper, you can use a course file to file them down.

File down the surface of the nails. Use a coarse-grit file around 180 grit.

File softly and in cross hatches to keep the nail work even. To prevent feeling a burning sensation in one place, keep moving the file to different areas as your file away the gel nail.

When removing gel nails, the filing process might take a while. You need to resist the urge to work unevenly, rough or too quickly to get it off because this can damage the natural nail underneath. If you were wondering how to remove gel nails quickly, you may be disappointed, as in order to remove hard Gel UV nails correctly, time and patience is required.

Remember to wipe any dust away often, so it is noticeable how much more gel there is left to remove before you touch the natural nail.

When you reach the natural nail, and have removed gel uv from the nail, stop filing. We are explaining how to remove gel nails properly, not painfully. So Look for signs that you are close to the natural nail. This will include:

  • A big decrease in dust that is produced from filing the gel.
  • Seeing some of the natural ridges in your nails.

File the remaining gel with a finer-grit file. We’re getting closer to the end of how to remove gel nails tutorial now.

Work gently and slowly to make sure you don’t file the surface of your natural nail. We know damage is hard to avoid when working with gel nails, but working gently will reduce it. Continue until the gels have been completely filed away.

By this point your nails are going to be dehydrated, brittle and dry. There is also a good chance that your nails will have been scratched from the filing process. Due to this damage you have suffered when removing your uv gel nails, you will need to condition your nails. As part of this how to remove gel nails tutorial, we recommend using a buffer to smooth the surface of your nails.

Moisturise your nails and hands with lotion or cuticle oil.

We are now in the final step of our how to remove gel nails tutorial.Keep them away from harsh substances for a few days (wear rubber gloves to protect them). If your nails are quite weak apply nail strengthener

Wait a week before applying another set of gels.

Now you know how to remove gel nails, its time for you to go ahead and remove yours. This is a fairly simple uv gel nail removal guide, that if followed correctly will provide you with solid results. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch with us. If you’re looking for a range of cheap UV Gels to get started, we recommend the following from Amazon:

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