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How To Remove Acrylic Nails Safely At Home


Table Of Content:

How to remove acrylic nails safely at home?

How to remove acrylic nails with an acetone soak off?

How to remove acrylic nails without acetone?

Important tips and precautions to be followed while removing acrylic nails?

How to care for your nails after removing acrylics?

How To Protect Against Acrylic Nail Damage In Future?


Oh my my! Nothing can stand on the way if the lady wants the acrylic nails. But removing acrylic nails safely at home is a mastery. Beautiful nails are a style statement that is a must have for the ladies who want to be at the top of the trends. The designs and the stylish acrylic nails are very much trendy. Thus, there is no design of acrylic nails that can last for long and even the shine wears off with time. So, here comes your need to remove the acrylic nails. Taking the current world scenario in mind, it is always a better option to get done with the acrylic nails at home (Though with a heavy heart on missing the salon trips :)). Removing acrylic nails safely at home is definitely not an Einstein’s job but it requires a lot of understanding and cautions.  The safest ways include:

Soaking off in acetone to remove acrylic nails

  1. Using Nail Filers
  2. Using Electric nail filers
  3. Using Plastic bag and Acetone
  4. Using Laminated Cards

We have listed below the tried and tested ways in details that are the best way to remove acrylic nails at home without visiting the salon:

How to remove acrylic nails with an acetone soak off

Consider acetone your friend when it comes to acrylic nails removal. This technique of removing acrylic nails safely at home is considered as a classic technique that can be performed by an average DIYer as well. However, before you begin with removing acrylic nails using acetone we would like to warn you a little (No please! Don’t be scared. It is just that Acetone is highly inflammable). Do not get acetone in direct contact of the heat while warming it up. The best way is to dip the bottle with the lid closed in warm water and let the thermodynamics work. Warming up the acetone before beginning with the acrylic nails removal process at home makes it faster and more effective.

Here are the steps:

  1. Clip off the excessive acrylics by cutting them as close to your real nails. Please do it very carefully
  2. Remove the top layer that is very toughened using a nail buffer. This is done by roughing up the surface until the shine is gone but make sure your buffing doesn’t harm your real nails. This is helpful for softening the polish faster in acetone
  3. Pour the warmed up acetone (100 percent pure) in a tray or bowl. Now, soak your nails in it for five minutes
  4. After the acetone soak off is done for 5 minutes, very gently push the polish off your nails using a metal cuticle pusher. Push it in the downward direction
  5. Re-dip and repeat the process. This process of soaking off acrylics nails in acetone must be repeated until your acrylics nails are removed completely or soaked off completely
  6. The rest of the smaller pieces with your cute nail buffer
  7. Massage cuticle oil into your nails to rehydrate them, then buff it into your nails with the soft side of a buffer. Finish with another layer of cuticle oil

How to remove acrylic nails without acetone

Acetone only is no doubt the most preferred way to remove acrylic nails but we have figured out the other ways that can help you take up this task like a pro. Here is the list of other ways you can try ladies:

  1. E-file or Nail bit

Acrylic nails are a love affair but being lazy with the entire process of removing acrylic nails makes the Electronic Nail filer or Nial bit one of the most loved options for the ladies. This is one of the most professional ways to do it as well. However, you need to follow the instructions very strictly and cautiously

Here is how to use it:

  1. The first step is to sand down the acrylics very gently and carefully with the sanding bit. This will help you take off the top and the hardened layer of the acrylics.
  2. After the first layer is sanded off, please soak a cotton swab in 100% pure acetone. Wrap the soaked swap around your nails.
  3. Now, cover the area with tinfoil i.e the area that you have wrapped with 100 percent pure acetone soaked cotton swab. Remember to cover all your digits and need to be swaddled in foil.
  4. Keep the fingers wrapped for 10-15 minutes. After this, unwrap your fingers and remove the excess acrylics with the help of a cuticle pusher.
  5. You are almost done! Rinse your fingers with lukewarm water and apply cuticle oil to end with a salon like finish at home. So, removing acrylics nails at home isn’t that tough as it seems. Right?
  1. Removing acrylics nails with a plastic bag

This is an ultra easy way to remove acrylics nails at home especially when you don’t have probes as will be required in the above processes.

Here is the complete process:

  1. Get as close as you can to your real nails. Okay wait! We know you are very romantically tied up with your acrylics nails but to remove acrylics nails at home, you need to cut them off. So, get as close as you can to your real nails and cut off the acrylics nails.
  2. Fill up a large ziploc bag with 100 pure percent acetone. The ideal way is to fill up the ziploc baggies just to a level which is enough to submerge your nails
  3. Not filling the bag saves your acetone from getting wasted and being spilled. Now, just tilt the bag to one side so that the acetone pools into one corner inside the ziploc bag. Stick your hands in the bag and let your nails soak in for 15-20 minutes
  4. After the podcast or music relaxes you in those 15-20 minutes while your nails are soaked in, scrape off the acrylics with a wooden cuticle.
  5. In case your acrylics are adamant and do not get easily pushed off, re-soaking your nails in acetone and trying again with the cuticle to push it off will help you win the game of removing acrylics nails at home
  6. Just buff off the remaining residue, if any

Just one thing before we move on to the next way, please find out a way to re-use the ziploc. Maybe as a garbage bag! as you will be helping the environment rather than supporting one time use plastics that are not good for our mother nature. Or for anything else you find it useful for.

  1. Acetone-free nail polish remover

This is a way for removing acrylics nails without any possible damage. This is considered as one of the safest ways to do it.

Here is the process:

  1. Trim the acrylic nails as close to the real nails as possible
  2. Now comes the trick. Pry the edges of the acrylic nails with the pointed end of the tweezers
  3. Done? Now, pour your acetone-free nail polish remover in a tray or a bowl
  4. You have to soak your nails in the solution for close to 20 minutes. You can put a timer to track the time
  5. You will feel that the nails are loosened now. So, just pull it out gently with the help of the tweezers. If it is not happening easily, soak the nails again for some more time and try
  1. Laminated visiting card or debit card

Okay so! Here is the idea for the queens who find all the above mentioned techniques too hard for them. Pull out your wallet/purse! There are the visiting cards and debit cards to the rescue.

Here is what you gotta do:

  1. The first step is to use orange sticks to make an inlet for the card to do it’s trick. Once you are done with the inlet move on to the next step
  2. Gently slide in the laminated visiting card or the debit card into the inlet. Apply gentle pressure in an upward motion
  3. The right way is to do it one side at a time so that the actual nail bed remains unharmed. This should make your acrylic nails pop right out

Tada! Enjoy the easiest way.

Important Tips And Precautions To Be Followed While Removing Acrylic Nails

  1. Do not ever try to remove the acrylic nails with force. This might pull out your real nail bed and cause unbearable pain. Chance s of infections are also there in such cases
  2. Usage of acetone may cause side effects like skin burning, wrinkling, dehydration as it is a chemical compound. Consult your doctor in that case
  3. Safeguard the surface of the table on which you are removing the acrylic nails by covering it
  4. Have patience as the process takes a long time. Only begin when you are free

After you have succeeded in removing acrylic nails, you need to care for it a lot. Here are the steps to make sure your nails are cared for enough:

How To Care For Your Nails After Removing Acrylics

  1. Do not forget to scrape off the residue of acrylics nails from your nail bed
  2. Apply cuticle oil moment after you remove the acrylic nails for the restoration of your real nail beds and for a fine finish
  3. Apply gentle moisturizer after the process as these procedures are harsh on skin
  4. Go for a nail hardener treatment everyday for minimum of two weeks as a follow up process
  5. Allow your nails to grow in their natural shape as it will prevent them from cracking or breaking

Acrylics are just beautiful. However, the care and maintenance needs a lot of effort if you want to keep your love affair flourishing forever. Follow the following tips to protect your nails against damage in future.

How To Protect Against Acrylic Nail Damage In Future

  1. We know you can’t wait to get the new pair right after removing acrylic nails but, give your real nails the time to restore its strength. After removing your nails, wait for a week to let your real nails restore balance before putting on the next pair of acrylic nails
  2. Coating your nails with nail strengthener everyday in order to protect your nails from breakage while you are on a break after removing the acrylic nails
  3. We advise you to apply cuticle cream and cuticle oil alternative days on your nails and wrap them in washcloths for 5 minutes

Are we good to go with removing acrylic nails at home and dodge the trips to the salon? Also, if you know a freelance beautician or a home salon service provider, nothing like it. So, go ahead and enjoy the acrylics. Now that you know how to care and protect your nails from acrylic damage post removal of acrylic nails, do follow the tips for healthy and strong nails.

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