Remove Gel-Polish with The Painted Nail’s Steam Off

by NLS Staff | June 25, 2015

It’s time to ditch remover foil wraps and opt for an alternative to the soak-off process. The Steam Off from The Painted Nail warms up acetone-based removal solutions and creates steam that will break down polish, gel-polish, gels, and acrylics in minutes. Follow steps to see how it works.

1. Buffer the top layer of the nails to break the seal. Plug in the Steam-Off and remove the lid. Follow the arrows on finger cap and twist off.

2. Remove the small bowl out of unit and pour the Steam Off removal solution into the bowl. Fill it until you reach the 5 ml mark. Carefully place the small bowl back into unit. Twist the finger cap back onto the unit and put the lid back on.

3. Turn the Steam Off on and wait about one minute for the removal solution to heat up. The “H” indicates heat.

4. When the “S” (steam) light turns green, remove the top lid. Place fingers in the silicone finger cap. Fingers should grip the plastic underside of the cap like a tennis ball.

5. Wait approximately five to ten minutes for the product to steam off. The unit will sound off two short beeps after five minutes and one long beep after 10 minutes. Double the amount of steam off time for acrylics.

6. Remove the hand from the unit and use an orangewood stick to gently remove any of the product residues. There should be no need to scrape off the product if the product was steamed off long enough. Lightly buff the nail and prep for polish application. Turn unit off and immediately turn back on for other hand and repeat the steps above.

For more information, visit

Nail tech Melba Mosley demonstrates reflexology techniques on colleague Apryl Moore, while...


Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

Nails by Tracey Lee


Up Your Acrylic Skills: Mix Ratio

by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.

Find out why over 400,000 subscribers love our newsletters

What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms


What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.


In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

Load More