Might we suggest some non-toxic nail polishes to curb your manicure appetite before your next salon visit? If you’re trying to pull that bond down, you have a greater chance of it snapping.”. Individual bonded extensions are popular because they are so versatile when it comes to styling. If you’re having trouble reaching them, you can contact one of Welch's artists around the country using her artist directory. “If you have an actual exfoliator, great. Sign up for our newsletters to have the latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every week. And remember too that when hair is wet, it’s elastic, so it stretches. Dip a cotton ball or pad in acetone — preferably the ones without any moisturising benefits. If you’re removing soft gel, the aim is to remove just the top coat — the shiny part of your nail polish — so that the acetone can work its way into the inner layers more effectively. Sarah Hyland, one of Lee's clients, recently had to remove her own extensions at home with the help of her fiancé Wells Adams. But at desperate times come desperate measures. They have a store on Amazon and there is a removal solution and tool you can purchase that does work [if you need to take] desperate measures,” says Lee. If there are still more stubborn spots, soak a new cotton pad with acetone and wrap it around the nail again with aluminium foil for another 10 minutes. “It’s like gold these days. “If you have somebody who can help you, that would be the best way to go. Of course, if you can wait, don’t try to remove your extensions — especially bonds or sewn-in wefts. Leftovers are usually around the sides and cuticle areas, so be extra careful when removing it. Then it’s time to put some elbow grease into it with a wooden cuticle stick (not a toothpick). The gel remover offered to professionals by ... recently had to remove her own extensions at home with the help of her fiancé Wells Adams. For your daily updates on all things luxury, follow us at @lifestyleasiahk, Mix business and pleasure with Hong Kong’s best power lunches, 10 white truffle dishes to try in Hong Kong for a decadent autumn, New Eats: Caviar pop-ups at Neighborhood, Whisk and more, Tom Ford’s latest watch is made entirely out of recycled plastic, A closer look at Omega’s Seamaster Diver 300M ahead of the new Bond premiere, De Beers’ new holiday campaign is a sparkling tribute to life’s most precious moments, 10 digital nomad friendly cities to set down your laptop for a change of scenery, Kick the travel blues with staycations in Hong Kong this Christmas, Paradise Found: Why travelling to the Maldives during COVID is so worth it, 10 essential horror shows to binge-watch on Netflix this Halloween, 10 must-see art exhibitions in Hong Kong in October 2020, This Botticelli painting is expected to sell for a record HK$620 million, Po House is Hong Kong’s newest temple to wellness, sustainability and clean beauty, 5 of the best shine-defying foundations for oily skin, Get your hands on 2020’s best beauty advent calendars before they sell out, 27 Questions: Max Levy, Okra head chef and Beats Bites & Cocktails culinary director, These are Hong Kong’s best hikes with killer views, 27 Questions: Elaine Chen-Fernandez, founder of creative collective The Wild Lot, Hummer makes a triumphant return by entering the EV arena, Check out Devialet’s smallest yet biggest launch yet: The Gemini true wireless earbuds, The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur is now available with a twin-turbo V8, Top tips for removing your overgrown gel nails at home, Review: Tinted offers next-level nail pampering for indie art lovers, Q&A: Celebrity beauty guru Margie Lombard on the proper way to cleanse your face. The reality of living in the world with COVID-19 is that shelter-in-place orders are longstanding and many people, including our trusted beauty professionals, are unable to perform services or go to work. My favorite is obviously In Common [a brand Lee co-created with her salon partner], but any mask you have at home, put it on, let it sit, let it chill. But it’s a service that requires a professional for both installation and removal, as the bonds are more difficult to break up and take out. “The tool literally looks like a set of pliers, which seems very scary. Sand down a thin layer and stop. You will also need a tool to break up the bond after the removal solution is applied to the tip. “I would say more than half the people get damage to their hair with the removal process,” says Lee, not the application.