Wanna know how to remove Ohora nails quickly and easily without visiting a salon or damaging your nails?
Then this is the post for you. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to remove Ohora Semi cured gel nail strips.
Let’s dive right into it.
First, you will need to gather some supplies.
You’ll need acetone, (or the Ohora Pro Easy Peel Remover), a small bowl or cup, some lint-free wipes or cotton balls, and the wooden stick that comes with the Ohora nail strips.
These are the basic steps to follow for how to remove Ohora nails:
- Soak the flat end of the wooden stick in acetone or (Ohora Pro Easy Peel Remover)
- Run the sharp edge of the wooden stick around the edge of the gel nail sticker, then push gently to make a gap
- Add 1 or 2 drops of acetone (or remover) under the sticker to minimize damage
- Slowly and gently push the strip with the stick until it comes off completely
- Wipe the nails with acetone to remove any adhesive residue
There are only 5 basic steps to follow!
Now that you have the 5 basic steps down, let’s go a bit deeper and give you some tips for removing Ohora gel nail strips safely.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
How to remove Ohora nails
As you can see, removing Ohora gel nail stickers is pretty simple and easy.
In this section, we’ll go into a little more detail about how to remove Ohora semi-cured nail strips properly.
Starting with the tools and equipment you’ll need.
What do I need to remove Ohora nails?
There are 3 main products that you can use to remove your Ohora semi-cured nail strips they are:
- Pure acetone
- Gel nail polish remover (click to check price on amazon)
- Ohora Pro Easy Peel Remover
The best product to use for removing Ohora nails (particularly if you are concerned about damage or drying your nails out) is their own brand remover.
That’s because the Pro Easy Peel Remover been specially formulated to remove Ohora nail strips.
But if you don’t have the Ohora remover, don’t worry, pure acetone or any gel nail polish remover will also do the job just fine.
Basically, any of the above will help to dissolve the adhesive layer so that removal of your gel manicure is easier.
Other tools needed to remove Ohora nails
As well as a solvent, to get your gel nail stickers off, you’ll also need:
- A wooden manicure stick
- Cotton balls or lint-free wipes
If you kept your original Ohora kit, you should already have the wooden stick that came with it.
You’ll be using the flat end to remove your nails.
How to remove Ohora nails step by step
Alright, let’s go over the basic steps for how to remove Ohora nails in a little more detail.
Soak the flat end of the wooden stick in acetone or (Ohora Pro Easy Peel Remover).
Basically, you want to dip the flat end into the remover (or acetone if you’re using acetone) for about 5 to 10 seconds, long enough for the liquid to soak into the wood.
Soaking the wooden stick makes it easier to remove the sticker because the adhesive at the edges will soften.
Run the sharp edge of the wooden stick around the edge of the sticker, then push gently to make a gap.
Once your stick is soaked through with solvent, you should be able to run it along the edge of the sticker to create a small gap at the bottom edge near the cuticle.
Patience is key. Make sure that you don’t use too much pressure here or you will cause damage to your nail plate.
Add 1 or 2 drops of acetone (or remover) under the sticker to minimize damage.
Once you have created a gap between your natural nail and the nail strip, you might be tempted to just go ahead and yank the whole sticker off.
Don’t do it!
You will tear off parts of your nail plate.
Instead, what you need to do is add a few drops of the solvent underneath.
This will dissolve the glue and should make it much easier to remove the nail sticker without ruining your nails!
Slowly and gently push the strip with the stick until it comes off completely.
Once you have given the acetone or remover a few seconds to do its job, push the stick further under the nail sticker and gently prise it off.
It should come off in one whole piece, if it’s still being stubborn, add another few drops of remover or acetone and wait 30 seconds to a minute before trying again.
Wipe the nails with acetone to remove any adhesive residue.
Once you have completely removed the gel nail sticker, you will find that your natural nails still have some of the sticky layer on them.
You will need to remove this.
To get it off, soak either a cotton ball or a lint-free wipe in acetone (or gel nail remover).
Apply it to the nail and let it soak in for a few seconds. Then apply pressure and wipe until it’s all gone.
That’s it, you’re done!
Once you have completed these steps, you can push the cuticles back and re-apply a second set of Ohora strips – yay!
How long do Ohora nails last?
If you apply and cure them well, Ohora nails will last around 2 weeks.
Proper application is key to avoiding lifting.
Tips for making Ohora last longer
Even though you don’t need to, I recommend using a gel top coat over the strips to make them last longer.
Adding a gel top coat seals in the stickers and adds a scratch-proof layer.
You could also double cure to make sure that your fingernails are hard.
How do you use your hands?
Of course, how long they last depends on what you do with your hands.
Everyone’s lifestyle is different so you might find that the stickers stay on for longer or less than 2 weeks.
I find that I usually have to remove my Ohora strips every 10 to 12 days.
Can you reuse Ohora nails?
Once you apply and cure a set of Ohora gels, you can’t re-use them.
Pro tip! Make sure that you keep your opened Ohora nails away from your uv lamp while curing!
I learned that lesson the (literal) hard way because my nails that were still on the strip hardened and I couldn’t reuse them 😢
However, because they are gel, they don’t dry out like regular nail polish strips.
So, you don’t need to worry about heat sealing the packets.
Just store them in the original packaging away from direct sunlight if you want to open them and use them again at a later date.
How do you remove Ohora Nails without damage?
If your nails are getting damaged when you’re removing Ohora strips, it’s most likely because you are not using enough solvent (i.e remover/acetone).
A lot of people go in with the stick to get the nail strips off and they don’t use any liquid remover at all!
This is a recipe for disaster. You need a good amount of solvent to dissolve the glue under the base coat so that your strips will come off smoothly.
Here are a few tips for removing Ohora without causing any damage to your nails:
- Take your time with the removal process. Speed=damage.
- Use plenty of acetone, gel remover, or Ohora Peel Easy Peel under the gel decal.
- Soak your nails in a bowl of acetone for 10 minutes before starting the removal process.
Ohora Pro easy-peel remover instructions
Ohora Pro Easy Peel is a hypoallergenic solvent that’s designed to remove Ohora semi-cured gel nails.
Here’s the instructions for how to use Ohora Pro Easy Peel:
- Take the sealed lid off
- Put the dropper lid attachment on (you should hear it click)
- Screw-in the dropper
- Squeeze the soft top and release to fill the dropper with remover
- Apply 2 to 3 drops to the nail, try to get it under the strip
- Remove the nail strip
So, that’s it, you now know everything you need to know about removing semi-cured gel nails.
I love Ohora nails, they have such beautiful designs and they work for any nail shape.
It’s great that you don’t have to go to the salon to get a gorgeous manicure with nail art!
They are very easy to remove, though be gentle, and please note that acetone can be drying.
My advice? You may want to add moisture to your nails after wearing them.
Do Ohora nail strips expire?
Not really, the longest I had mine for is a year and they were still flexible and usable.
Do I need to re-seal the package once opened?
No, you don’t need to. Just store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight if you want to use them again at a later date.
Why are my Ohora strips lifting?
If your nails are lifting, It could be either because your nails are oily or because you didn’t clean them well enough.
Make sure your nail beds are prepped and cleaned thoroughly with an alcohol solution (and that they are fully dry) before application.
Undercuring is also a cause of lifting. Make sure that you cure between 2 to 4 times both before and after topcoat if you are worried about lifting.
Don’t forget to use a top coat that works with gel polish.
Overbuffing can also lead to nails being too smooth for the stickers to adhere.
If your nails are too smooth, you can gently file them to create a rough surface for the stickers to grip to.
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