The removal process of gel polish (Shellac, Gelish, maniQ, Axxium) is all generally the same. I won't go over the differences between each brand, but I will tell you the safest way to remove a gel polish service you got from me.
If you have time, make an appointment with me to get your product removed. It will save you time and hassle. If not, follow these steps below:
Things you'll need:
1. 100% Acetone
2. Orange woodstick
3. Cotton balls
4. Tin foil
5. File, or buffer
Optional: Cuticle oil
Step 1: Use the file or buffer to remove shine from the entire remaining product. Be gentle and let the file do the work for you. Don't apply much pressure at all. This step is vital, because if you don't remove the shine, the acetone can't penetrate the product.
Step 2: Saturate a cotton ball with acetone. You don't need to use an entire cotton ball. Just enough to cover the nail.
Step 3: Use a small strip of tinfoil to hold the cotton in place. There are a few reasons we use tin foil. It conforms when we manipulate it, and its also going to seal any heat in your fingertips to help that acetone do its job. Follow the picture below.
Step 4: Start with the finger you wrapped first, pull the tin foil straight off your finger, it should take the cotton, and you might be left with some flakes of product on your nail. If that is the case, GENTLY push them with the wooden pusher. If they don't come off, you didn't leave the acetone on long enough. If they don't come all the way off, rewrap them and leave them a little longer.
Acetone is very drying, so this is where you would want to use your cuticle oil to rehydrate your nail and the skin surrounding your nail.
You can also do this to your toes. It's a little hard to wrap them, but you just follow the same steps. If your nails were done in hard gel, you won't be able to get them off using this method.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to call me.