remove-a-no-chip-manicureHow To Remove A No-Chip Manicure At Home.

Ah, the no-chip manicure. The wondrous, technological advance gives you flawless, shiny nails for two weeks straight. But even though a no-chip manicure stays for two weeks, the thin area that grows out between your cuticle and the base of the nail polish becomes infuriating after two weeks of flawless nails. Whatever you do though, don’t peel it off!

Here is the right way to remove a no-chip manicure at home.

What Is A No-Chip Manicure?

No-chip manicures have been the fastest growing trend in nail art. It’s easy to see why. A no-chip manicure costs about $35 to $45, is completely dry before you walk out of the salon, and stays shiny and perfect for two whole weeks. There are a couple different brands of “no-chip” manicures. OPI and Shellac are the two main brands but both use the same process to give you a long-lasting manicure. 

What You’ll Need To Remove No-Chip Nail Polish

The salon where you got your no-chip manicure will advise you to come back to get the polish removed and they’re probably right; they’ll be able to do it best. However, if you can’t manage to find twenty minutes to drop by the salon there is a way to remove a no-chip manicure at home without damaging your nails. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 100% acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or cotton rounds
  • 10 inch-wide strips of tin foil
  • Rough nail buffer
  • Wood cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil

How To Remove A No-Chip Manicure

When your nails begin to grow out, it will be tempting to pick and peel the polish off. As absolutely obsessively difficult it may seem not to, resist! Instead, follow these instructions for safe, no-chip manicure removal.

  1. File off the top, shiny coat with a rough nail file. The polish beneath should look rough, bumpy and dull. 
  2. Pour 100% acetone nail polish remover into a shallow dish. Soak each hand in the remover for about ten minutes.
  3. While your nails are soaking, soak cotton balls or cotton rounds in a second bowl of acetone. When the cotton is fully soaked, place one round on the nail and wrap a piece of tinfoil around it. Sit tight for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the cotton and tin foil. Use a cuticle pusher to lightly scrape off the polish. Don’t scrape too hard; if the polish isn’t flaking off easily you should continue to soak your nails in acetone.
  5. Once the no-chip polish is off, you’ll need to moisturize and protect your nails. Strong acetone works well to remove polish but it can strip your nails of natural oils. Try using a drop of nail oil or cuticle oil to replenish your nails.
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