Gel Polish Removal

Bowl Removal

Some gels can be removed using acetone and this will depend on which system you use. Always ensure that you follow the manufacturers instructions when it comes to removing the product. Always protect the surfaces you are working on from spills and ensure that the client is also well covered and protected. Buffing the surface of the nail slightly using a medium grit file will encourage the nail to absorb the solvent for ease of removal.

  1. Welcome client to the appointment.

  2. Ask client to wash and sanitize hands upon entry, if they are not wearing a mask then ask them if they would like one from yourself.

  3. Revise the clients last record card and see if there are any changes to their medical records.

  4. Once filled out ask client if they would like a refreshment (at this current time only bottled water is allowed) normally clients love a hot drink and a natter.

  5. Gently buff the top layer of the gel polish to removal the shine.

  6. Fill bottom half of soaking bowl with warm water.

  7. Fill top half of soaking bowl with acetone, just enough to cover the client’s fingers.

  8. Put cuticle oil around the client’s cuticle and skin to keep hydrated.

  9. Ask the client to put their fingers into soak. Place a towel over to stop the vapours escaping

  10. Fingers should be soaking for around 5-7 minutes. The heat should help the gel polish remove faster.

  11.  Gently scrape the gel polish off the nail plate, the gel polish should be soft and come off easily, if it does not place the fingers back in to soak.

  12. When all the gel is removed from the nail plate gently buff, so the nail plate is smooth.

  13. Finish with applying cuticle oil and hand cream to client.

 

Foil Removal

Always ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to removing the product. Always protect the surfaces that you are working on from spills and ensure that the client is also well covered and protected. Buff the surface of the nail slightly using a medium grit file. This will encourage the nail to absorb the solvent for ease of removal.

  1. Welcome client to the appointment.

  2. Ask client to wash and sanitize hands upon entry, if they are not wearing a mask then ask them if they would like one from yourself.

  3. Revise the clients last record card and see if there are any changes to their medical records.

  4. Once filled out ask client if they would like a refreshment (at this current time only bottled water is allowed) normally clients love a hot drink and a natter.

  5. Gently buff the top layer of the gel polish to removal the shine.

  6. Apply acetone to a cotton pad and apply the surface to the nail plate.

  7. Wrap the cotton pad in a layer of tin foil and secure it tightly in place.

  8. Leave to soak for 7-15 minutes.

  9. Remove one wrap to check to see if the gel is soft.

  10. When the gel is soft enough, gently scrape the gel off the nail plate.

  11. When all the gel is removed from the nail plate gently buff, so the nail plate is smooth.

  12. Finish by applying cuticle oil and hand cream to the client.

 

Cleanse and Moisturise

Once all the product has been removed from the nail plate, remove the fingers and dry them using a clean towel before applying cuticle oil to the nails and massaging it in. Wash the client’s hands to ensure the oils and lotions are removed thoroughly prior to re-applying new gel product to the nails, if required. Alternatively, buff the nails slightly to create a shine and apply a strengthening topcoat if needed.

 

Aftercare

You should always ensure that you give clear and thorough aftercare advice to your client at the end of every treatment. Where possible this should be given in writing. This can include advising the client about any retail products which may be beneficial to them. You should always advise your clients to book their next appointment when giving aftercare advice. Give the client a written copy of your instructions so they can refer to them later. You may also want to include recommendations of home-care products. Once the aftercare advice has been given, ask the client to sign their record card to confirm that aftercare has been explained.

Retail Sales

You must correctly advise your clients on how to care for their nails at home, otherwise they could damage their polish and even their natural nails. You will also need to recommend products which they can use at home and this will increase your retail sales and therefore your profit. Hand creams and cuticle oils can also be recommended to help keep the nails nourished. You should suggest that the client massages the oil into their cuticles every day. Remember to advise the client that they should not pick at their gel polish as this can damage the natural nail. They should be careful with their nails and should not use them as tools. If a client notices any problems with the polish, such as discolouration of the product, they should return to the salon immediately.