How to take off acrylic nails

How to take off acrylic nails

The most popular way to remove acrylic nails is to soak them in acetone. However, acetone can cause skin irritation and dryness. That’s why in our article we will tell you about other, less harmful ways to get rid of artificial nails.

Of course, the best solution to this issue is to go to a specialized salon and use the services of a professional manicurist. This is a 100% guarantee that the procedure will be painless. The nail bed is a living matter, and if you try to remove the acrylic nails yourself, there is no guarantee that everything will go well. That’s why we recommend you to contact a specialist. However, if, in spite of all our arguments, you still want to remove the nails yourself, then use nail polish remover for this purpose.

How to take off acrylic nails

In addition, for this procedure you will need the following items:

  • Newspaper
  • Hand towel
  • Nail polish remover (not containing acetone)
  • Deep cup
  • Vaseline
  • Orange sticks
  • Nail file and buffer (polishing file)
  • Moisturizer
  • So, when everything you need is prepared, we can begin.

Step #1.

“Lay out the sheets of newspaper on a work surface

“Pour the nail polish remover into a cup. The amount of this liquid should be enough to completely cover your fingertips.

“Lubricate your fingertips and cuticles with petroleum jelly, then dip your fingers into the cup.

Step #2.

” Dip only the fingertips, not the whole hand

” After 20 minutes, the acrylic nails will begin to soften and dissolve

Step #3.

” Using orange chopsticks, scrape off the acrylic gel and wipe it off with a towel

“If it is hard to get rid of the gel, dip your fingers in the liquid again, hold for a few minutes, then use the sticks again

” Be very careful not to damage the nail surface when using the orange chopsticks

Step # 4

“After you have completely gotten rid of the acrylic, wash your hands with warm water and dry them with a towel

“Using a buffer, completely remove even the smallest particles of acrylic from the nail.

Step #5

” This whole nail removal procedure causes your hands to dry, because you’re dipping your fingers in nail polish remover. And scraping off the acrylic and washing your hands removes the moisture. That’s why we recommend that you apply a good moisturizer to your hands as a final step.

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Other ways to remove acrylic nails at home

The method described above is not the only one. Below are other, alternative ways to remove artificial nails, also without the use of acetone.

Medical Alcohol

Instead of using acetone, you can resort to using medical alcohol by dipping your fingertips in it. The whole procedure will take you about half an hour.

Dental floss and nail polish remover

Many people use a combination of dental floss and nail polish remover to remove acrylic nails. However, this method can not be considered safe, because such a procedure is not painless, and the result can be damage to the surface of natural nails.

Hot water

Some people believe that it is possible to get rid of artificial nails with the help of ordinary hot water. In fact, this is extremely ineffective, and will not help to solve the problem.

A few tips

Although there are ways to remove acrylic nails without the use of acetone, all of them are not effective enough. In addition, they are time-consuming. And another thing – in addition to removing artificial nails, you can also damage your own nails. Of course, you can use acetone. But within reasonable limits.

But here too, there are some disadvantages. The use of acetone leaves an oily residue on the nails. That’s why you need to wash your hands thoroughly after completing the procedure. Acetone dries the skin, but if you apply enough moisturizer to your hands, the skin of your hands will remain soft. If your nails have become dry and brittle, it is advisable to refrain from nail extension at all, as this procedure can further worsen their condition.