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How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Damage
How to easily remove acrylic nails is not as difficult as you might think. Whatever you’re rocking, whether it’s a classic French manicure on almond-shaped tips or just a cool neon manicure, you’ll find a removal option below.
1: Acetone Soak
Doing an acetone soak is one of the easiest and most foolproof ways to remove acrylic nails. Salons typically use the same technique for this. Follow the steps below to learn more about what it entails.
A nail clipper, nail file, acetone nail polish remover, petroleum jelly, cotton balls, and aluminum foil are required.
Your acrylic nails should be cut as short as possible with a nail clipper. The fewer nails you have left to work with, the better! Remove the polish from the tops of your acrylics by filing and buffing them. Put some petroleum jelly on your fingertips and on the nail beds before you soak them in acetone. Apply acetone nail polish remover to a cotton ball and place it over and around your nail. Let the nail soak in the solution after wrapping it in aluminum foil. Do this for each nail.
You can start watching your watchlist after letting your foil-wrapped nails sit for about 20 minutes. Immediately after the time has expired, gently lift one of your nails off of the aluminum foil. The acrylic should start to flake off without force after five to ten minutes. If it doesn’t, soak your nails for five to ten more minutes.
2: Non-Acetone Soak
If you’re wondering how to remove acrylic nails without acetone, we’ve got you covered. Try the nail removal technique below.
What you’ll need: Nail clippers, tweezers or a cuticle stick, acetone-free nail polish remover and a bowl.
How to execute: Once again, your nails should be clipped as short as possible. Then, gently pry and lift the acrylic’s edges with tweezers or a cuticle stick. Operative word: Gently! Place your fingers in a bowl of acetone-free nail polish remover, making sure to use enough to fully submerge your nails. If necessary, soak your fingers for 30 to 40 minutes. Pull the acrylics off your actual nails once again when the nail starts to loosen. This method may take longer than acetone, but you won’t end up with as dry and brittle nails and cuticles.
3: Dental Floss
You may also use a bit of dental floss to remove your acrylic nails without using acetone. It’s true, dental floss works! Besides keeping teeth and gums healthy, this thin piece of string works great for other reasons too. It’s the way to go if you want to remove acrylic nails fast. That said, this technique can cause damage to your natural nails, so it’s best used when your acrylics have already begun to come loose.
What To Do After Removing Acrylic Nails
Let’s talk about post-manicure removal now that you’ve removed the acrylics. There may be some residue left behind after removing the acrylics. The tops of your nails should be buffed with a glass nail file, and edges should be smoothed with the file. In order to soften and care for your cuticles, apply cuticle oil generously. Finally, treat your hands to some TLC and wrap your skin in soothing moisture with a hydrating hand cream.