Treating yourself to a manicure is always fun, but what isn’t fun is damaging your nails whenever you try to remove that manicure. Without the right tools, acrylic nails can be stubborn and difficult to remove. Even worse, you can harm your natural nails and end up with thin, weak, scraped up nails that take ages to regrow.
Learning how to safely remove acrylic nails at home can save you the stress of damaged nails. Remember these tips and techniques whenever it’s time to restore your natural nails.
File Down Your Nails
The first step is to trim and file your nails back down to their natural length. If you have longer extensions, you’re going to want to use nail clippers. Otherwise, use a coarse grit file to get your nails back down to their natural size. You can also gently file away the top layers of polish. Just be careful not to file so much that you start hitting your natural nail.
Soak in Acetone
Once your nails are ready, you can use acetone to soak your nails and soften the acrylic until you can remove it. There are two methods of soaking your nails. The first is to pour a small bowl of acetone and submerge your nails. This method tends to take longer and can dehydrate the skin around your nails, though.
The second method, though more complex, is better for your skin and nails. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it over your nail. Next, use foil to hold the cotton ball in place. Do this for each nail to let them soak.
Remove the Acrylic
Gentleness is the most important thing to remember when learning how to safely remove acrylic nails at home. Even though the acetone makes it easier to remove your acrylics, you still want to be careful when scraping or buffing the last bits of acrylic away. Use a cuticle pusher or orange stick to remove the acrylics. If the acrylic is being stubborn, repeat the soaking process and try again. You can also use a soft foam buffer to remove any lingering acrylic. Just be careful not to scrape or otherwise damage your natural nails.
Rehydrate Your Nails
Acetone dehydrates your skin and nails, so it’s important to end the process by taking good care of your nail bed. Apply cuticle oil, hand cream, or other products to rehydrate your nails and the skin around them. This will help refresh your natural nail so you can have a strong, healthy nail bed whenever it’s time for your next manicure.
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