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How To Remove Acrylic Nails

What is the most important rule to follow before getting your nails done for the first time? Understanding the proper method for removing artificial nails.

Understanding the proper method for removing artificial nails.

Surprise, surprise: You shouldn’t remove your artificial nails at home. Going to a salon and visiting a skilled nail tech who can remove your acrylic nails without harming your natural nails is the safest way to do it.

Since your cuticle beds can start developing after as little as two weeks, your natural nails will eventually grow out regardless of how long your acrylics survive.

This means that you should return to the salon to get your acrylics properly removed. 

However, we know that you won’t always listen to this sound advice, so here is how to remove your acrylic nails yourself… as safely as possible. 


The Products You’ll Need to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home 

There are a few techniques for easily removing acrylic nails. Choose from the removal alternatives listed below if you want to get rid of your classic French manicure with almond-shaped tips or if you simply want to indulge in some colourful neon nails.

Aluminium foil, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, nail clippers, a nail file, and acetone nail polish remover are all required.

We also have information about how to remove acrylic nails without using acetone below. For this you will need acetone-free nail paint remover, a bowl, cuticle tweezers, nail clippers, or a cuticle stick.

Steps To Take to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home 

You can do the following procedures when using acetone:

  1. Trim your nails as short as you can, then use the orange stick to pry your cuticles.
  2. One bowl should be filled with acetone, and the other should be filled with warm water. The warm water bowl should be placed inside the bowl containing the acetone to gently warm it.
  3. On the skin around your cuticles, generously spread petroleum jelly. This will shield them from acetone’s harsh, drying effects.
  4. Now, fully soak your nails in the acetone-filled dish and wait 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Use tweezers to gently remove the acrylic nails if you notice that they have become mushy. If you encounter resistance, don’t pull; instead, give them a few more minutes in the acetone.

If you want to avoid using acetone, your regular nail polish can also help you remove acrylics, however, it will take some time.

  1. Shorten the acrylic nails as much as you can.
  2. With the tweezers’ sharp end, pry the edges.
  3. Fill a bowl with nail polish remover without acetone.
  4. For 30 to 40 minutes, let the nails soak in nail paint remover.
  5. Use tweezers to carefully remove the nail after you feel it become loose. If it is difficult to remove, soak for longer.

Quick Tip: Over time, regular acetone-free nail polish remover tends to evaporate. So continue regularly adding nail polish remover.

Aftercare For Your Nails 

Let’s talk about post-manicure removal now that the acrylics have been removed. 

You can have residual residue after removing your acrylics. To smooth the edges and polish the tops of your nails, use a glass nail file. Apply copious amounts of cuticle oil to soften and care for your cuticles, which will also require some TLC. 

Last but not least, give your hands some tender loving care by grabbing a hydrating hand lotion to smother your skin in calming moisture. Your nails can be treated with cuticle cream and cuticle oil before being wrapped in warm washcloths for five minutes.

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