How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Placing on acrylic nails is much more difficult than removing them. The adhesive which bonds the acrylic nail is quite strong and it is not possible to tug it off. You have to be extra careful when removing your acrylic nails as you might end up hurting yourself. With the proper tools and the right process, you can take off these fake nails without too much effort.

Things You’ll Need:

  1. Nail cutter
  2. Emery board nail file
  3. Orange stick
  4. Manicure soaking bowl
  5. or any other small bowl
  6. Acetone or Nail polish remover

Directions to Remove Acrylic Nails:

  1. Cut the acrylic nails short.
  2. Pour the acetone into the bowl.
  3. Soak the acrylic nails for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Test one acrylic nail to see if will separate from the real nail easily.
  5. If it does not, continue soaking until it can be removed.
  6. Try to separate the acrylic nail from the real nail using the orange stick.
  7. Starting from one side of the nail, gently lift it up a portion.
  8. Pull it up on a slight angle towards the other side of the nail.
  9. For any adhesive left on the real nail, file it off with the emery board.
  10. Place on hand lotion after to prevent skin from drying due to the acetone soak.

Acrylic nails give your whole presence an extra edge on “dress up nights.” But you cannot wear acrylic nails forever. In fact, your natural nails will need a break from acrylic nails five days (or even less) after wearing.

If you refuse to let a professional manicurist remove your acrylic nails, there is no reason to worry. You can do this easily at home. Prepare your nail clippers, cuticle sticks, nail buffer, a bottle of acetone, a glass bowl, petroleum jelly, hand cream, and an old towel or plastic sheet.

The one thing you should keep in mind is that you will dip your fingernails in acetone, and this can drastically dry your skin, so do not do this without petroleum jelly. Further, acetone can also damage your desk or wherever you would feel like working; so better use an old thick towel to absorb any acetone liquid or moisture, or a plastic sheet to protect your work area.

Once everything you need is prepared, it is time to pick up the nail clipper and trim your nails. The shorter it is, the easier it will be to take off your acrylic nails. If you’re not comfortable with very short nails, be careful so you will not trim too much.

Then open up your bottle of acetone and pour its content into a glass bowl. The amount should be enough for you to soak your fingernails in. Acetone evaporates fast, so quickly spread petroleum jelly on the skin surrounding your nails before giving your fingernails a long dip. In using the petroleum jelly, avoid the nail surface because it will block the acetone from permeating the acrylic nails. Dip your fingernails into the acetone for 20 uninterrupted minutes. Don’t check until 20 minutes is over. This is important so that the acetone could really dissolve the glue on your acrylic nails. After 20 minutes, get the cuticle remover and use it to push off at least two acrylic nails. See if it comes off easily. If it does, then continue removing the other acrylic nails. If not, you have to dip your fingernails again into the acetone for at least two more uninterrupted minutes.

Finishing Touches, Cleaning Up
When all the acrylic nails are removed, wash your hands with mild soap and water. Use your nail buffer to clean up any glue residue on your nails. Finish up with hand cream to re-moisturize your skin after getting soaked in acetone. Give your hands a good rejuvenating hand cream massage.

One thought on “How to Remove Acrylic Nails

  1. There is no reason to “give nails a break”. The article does not specify how often this should done because there is no schedule to remove artificial nails, it is not necessary. Nails grow out continually, that is the reason you need to “fill” them. The time to grow from base to tip is about 4 to 6 months so there is always new nail under the acrylic. Nails that are properly (safely) applied do not need to be removed. Nails do not “breathe” but they do perspire a bit, but the area around the coating is enough for most people for health and those who have a problem with this, occasional removal is not enough to solve the problem. Soaking in acetone will not make it much easier to lift the entire acrylic coating off and you will damage your nails less if you do not lift the entire acrylic off.
    If you need to remove acrylic, the best way is to soak for 7 – 10 minutes, the surface of the acrylic will soften and sometimes look fuzzy, scrape that off (be careful to not damage natural nail) with an orange wood stick and soak again. By not pulling the acrylic off (taking layers of nail attached) in this way reduces the potential damage to nails by and reduces soaking time and expose to fumes. When you get near the natural nail be very gentle, in fact, you will damage the remaining nail less if you smooth the surface gently and apply an after acrylic nail polish and allow the remaining acrylic to lift off on its own gradually.
    I can’t imagine why the author is trying to soften “the glue on acrylic nails”… no glue involved unless you have tips or repairs and… glue softens a lot faster.

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