Removal & Rebalancing

Soft gel is recommended to be removed every 3/4 weeks to check the health of the nail and rebalance the structure. Due to its molecular structure, it can become brittle over time if not removed, and for this reason it is not advised to be infilled/rebalanced.

Utilising gentle techniques, the top layer of gel is carefully filed down using an e-file and ceramic bit designed for this purpose, to break the seal without touching the nail plate.  Nails are then wrapped in acetone with foil and soaked for 10-15 minutes, to release the gel from the nail and remove easily, without being forced or scraped. Following removal, nails can either be prepped for a new gel overlay or treated to a tidy up and oil if left bare.

For clients who require hard gel, this product requires rebalancing (also interchangeably referred to as infilling/infills although not quite correct in terms of the process) every 3/4 weeks as a maximum, due to the architecture of the nail.

As hard gel grows out, the apex created to offer the required strength moves up the nail and onto the stress area, which starts to put pressure on the nail plate, which increases the risk of painful splits across the nail from the edges. Therefore, regular appointments are required to rebalance the material, carefully filing down the structure and rebuilding the correct shape and position of the apex. To ensure this is undertaken carefully and gently, never rushed risking the integrity of the nail underneath, additional time and cost is associated with this procedure as per the service information.

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Need a break from hard gel?

For clients who wish to have a break from hard gel, this material can be removed as per the information below. This is a specialist procedure with a standalone cost as per my price list.

Hard gel cannot be soaked off due to its molecular structure, this needs to be filed down to the thin layer and then carefully buffed off. This technique avoids the use of acetone and is ideal for clients who have eczema and find acetone too harsh on the surrounding skin.

Please note, in both removals, the use of an e-file is only ever to de-bulk the gel material, but an e-file should never be used to completely remove your overlay. The risk of taking layers of the nail and causing pain, lasting damage and onycholysis (separation of the nail plate) is too great, even in the most skilled hands.

Please refer to my full price lift for removal prices.

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