How to Remove Acrylic Nails From Home (THE RIGHT WAY)

Learn The Right way to Remove acrylic nails From Home.

You do not have to resort to an expensive nail salon or a high-priced nail technician if you have nail extensions that you want to get rid of. Chances are you have everything right at home to safely remove your nail extensions yourself. By the end of this article, you will know everything there is to know about how to safely remove gel acrylic nails.

Not all of us are gifted with beautiful, strong nails. In fact, due to the normal wear and tear and daily activity our hands go through, many of us have weak, brittle nails that are in need of some loving. It is no wonder why women everywhere enjoy a good manicure from time to time. And for many, that manicure often involves the application of some sexy and glamorous acrylic nail designs. However, as with all fake nails, the time comes when we have to remove the acrylic nails and revert to our natural nails. For many, removing acrylic gel nails is simply a chance to let our nail beds heal. For others, it means getting ready to apply a fresh new coat of nail art or design, like the ever-popular stilettos or shellac nails. Whatever the reason, we have got the proper way to go about removing your acrylic nails.

What is the Right Way to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home?

When it comes to how to remove gel acrylic nails at home, there are several methods you can try. Let’s go over the main method that will allow you to remove acrylic gel nails without further damaging or destroying your nail bed or nail in general.

Method: Remove Acrylic Nails by Soaking Them in Acetone Nail Remover

Things you will need:

  •   Acetone nail remover solution (this will often be pure acetone).
  •   A working space (e.g a table) → Read my review of the 5 best manicure tables
  •   Newspapers to absorb any spillage of acetone to avoid damaging the table
  •   Petroleum jelly
  •   Nail polish remover, which contains acetone
  •   Skin moisturizer
  •   Nail clipper
  •   Nail file → Read my review of the 9 best electric nail file machines
  •   2 bowls ( Small glass bowl and a larger one)
  •   A cotton-tipped wooden applicator
  •   Warm water

Steps:

  • Before you start the acrylic nail removal process, make sure that you are working with clean hands and clean nail clippers.
  • Cover your workspace with newspapers or with a disposable cloth.
  • Use a nail clipper to cut and trim away as much of the acrylic nails as you can, without trimming your natural nails. Repeat this step until all extra acrylic is trimmed away.
  • Use an electric nail file to file away much of the acrylic as you can. Manually file away any part of the acrylic nails that are difficult to reach.
  • Pour the acetone in a glass bowl (do not use a plastic bowl as the acetone can eat through it and possibly spill over onto your table). Be sure that you are using pure acetone for nails. For quick action, you can warm the acetone. To do this, pour warm water in a larger bowl and place the bowl with acetone into it.
  • Smear a coating of petroleum jelly onto the skin that surrounds the acrylic. The jelly helps to prevent your skin from getting dry when you soak it in the nail polish remover. However, do not apply the petroleum jelly onto the acrylic nails. If you do this, the jelly will act as a waxy surface that blocks the action of acetone.
  • You can use an applicator such as the cotton-tipped wooden applicator if you need to apply the jelly precisely.
  • Soak your nails in the bowl that contains the acetone. The soaking should last for 20-30 minutes. What is happening during the soaking is that the acetone is dissolving the glue that is holding the acrylic nails to your real nails. Soaking your nails in the acetone without disruption is the best way to ensure the glue comes off without damaging your nail bed.
  • After soaking them, the acrylic nails should be able to peel off all on their own. If you they do not come off by simply prying them, then you can use an orange wood stick to help pull them off.
  • If you feel pain when you try and remove fake nails, this means that they did not soak in the acetone for long enough. If this is the case, then you will need to soak your nails for a few more minutes and attempt to remove them again.

Warning:

Acetone is highly flammable, so do not microwave it or handle it near any heat source. Acetone also has strong fumes, so be sure to work in a well-ventilated room.

  • Smear a coating of petroleum jelly to the skin that surrounds the acrylic. The jelly helps to prevent your skin from getting dry when you soak in the nail polish remover. However, do not apply the petroleum jelly on the acrylic nails.If you do this, the jelly will act as a waxy surface that blocks the action of acetone.
    You can use an applicator such as the cotton-tipped wooden applicator if you need to apply the jelly precisely.
  • Soak the nails in the bowl which contains acetone. The soaking should last for 20-30 minutes. What is happening during the soaking is that acetone will dissolve away the glue that is holding the acrylic nails.That is how to remove acrylic nails. After the soaking, the fake nails will remove off by them selves, or by simply prying them off with an orange wood stick. If they do not come off easily (you feel pain), it means the soaking time was not sufficient, thus you need to soak for a few more minutes and attempt to remove them again.

Will the Acetone Irritate Skin?

For some people, acetone irritates their skin, making it a painful experience. However, you can reduce or eliminate the irritation by not directly soaking your fingers in the acetone. Here is a method that can help you avoid this irritation:

Method: Remove Acrylic Nails Using Acetone-Soaked Cotton Balls and Aluminum Foil

You will need to add cotton balls and aluminum foil to the above list of requirements.

Steps:

  • Place the cotton balls into warmed acetone and let them saturate with the acetone.
  • Next, place one cotton ball per nail onto the tips of your fingers and wrap them tightly against the acrylic nails using strips of aluminum foil. Leave the cotton ball and foil wrap on the fingers for thirty minutes. This will allow the acetone to soak through the nails and dissolve the glue.
  • After thirty minutes, remove the foil and cotton ball wraps from your fingertips. The nails and cotton balls should come off easily, if they do not, you can repeat the process.
  • Scrape off any leftover acrylic with a nail buffer. At this stage, the acrylics are weakened by the soak, so they can easily be scrapped scraped off. If the acrylic hardens during the scraping, you can soak them again in acetone (using a cotton ball). Continue this step until you have cleared your nails of any acrylic remnants.
  • Run your nails under warm water to clear out any remnants of acrylic and acetone.
  • Shape your natural nails using a nail clipper and nail file.
  • Once everything above is done, apply moisturizer on your hands to restore your skin back into a nice shape.
  • If you prefer, you can also dip a cotton ball into some olive oil. Next, dab some olive oil onto your nail with a special focus on the nail bed. The olive oil will both help heal your skin as well as enrich your nails so that they stay nice and supple.

Method: Use Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover

If you want to remove fake nails but want to avoid acetone all together, then this method is a great way to go. Just keep in mind that using acetone free nail polish remover will take a little longer to remove your acrylic nails.

Things you will need:

  • Acetone free nail polish remover
  • Some nail clippers
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A bowl

Steps:

  • You will want to begin by using your clippers to remove any excess acrylic nail that is not on your nail directly
  • Use the tweezers to help you pull off any artificial nail that is peeling away.
  • Next, you will want to take your bowl and pour in your acetone free nail polish remover.
  • Dip your fingers into the nail polish remover and soak them for at least 30 to 40 minutes. You may take breaks in between.
  • Once you feel that the acrylic nail has softened up, you will use your tweezers to remove the acrylic nail that is still stuck to your nail.

Using acetone free nail polish remover is a great nail removal alternative to acetone. Along with that, the lack of harsh acetone will not leave you with brittle nails.  However, this process with the nail polish remover can be a bit lengthy. Once you are done, be sure to moisturize your nail with some cuticle oil.

Method: Use a Nail File

If pure acetone is too harsh a chemical for you when it comes to acrylic nail removal, then you can skip the acetone all together and move right on to using a nail file, as well.

Things you will need:

  • Some nail clippers
  • A nail file

Steps:

  • You will want to begin by clipping off any extra acrylic that is not directly attached to your nail.
  • Then, begin filing away at the acrylic until you reach your nail bed. Just be sure to stop right at the nail bed so that you do not damage your nail. Be sure to pay close attention to the cuticles too. You may even want to use a nail cuticle stick and cuticle clippers to trim with once the acrylic is removed.
  • Once you have filed away the acrylic nail, wash your hands with warm water and apply some olive oil to the nail. You may even want to apply some cuticle oil to your nail bed to promote moisture as well.

Method: Use Dental Floss

This next method is an unconventional one that you might not be seeing at your local nail salon. However, if done correctly and patiently, it can work wonders. Dental floss is a powerful thread that can also help you remove gel nails.

Things you will need:

  • Some dental floss
  • A cuticle stick
  • A partner (as you cannot do it alone).

Steps:

  • Start by using a cuticle stick to pry out the edges of the artificial nail on your nail bed.
  • Once you have an inlet, put your floss through it.
  • Next, you will want to move the floss in a sawing direction. Continue until your acrylic nail pops off.
  • Once you have all your acrylic nails off, use some cuticle oil on your nail beds. The oil will help soften and smooth out your nail.

While this dental floss method can help you with removal, it is one of the more uncomfortable methods of removing your fake nails. People with low pain or comfort thresholds should consider this dental floss removal process carefully before they start.  

Taking Care of Your Natural Nails after Removing the Acrylic Nails

Once you have removed your finger nail acrylic extensions, putting on some cuticle oil is the first thing that you want to do. Once you have done that step,  chances are you will still likely be dealing with brittle nails – especially if you used a harsh method like the acetone nail polish removal. To fight off brittle nails, you will want to begin by protecting your nails. The best way to do this is by using a nail straightener polish. A nail strengthener polish will typically be a clear nail polish. This will give your nails some much-needed strength. In addition to that, they will give your brittle nails a coat of cover and protection.

Watch These Video Tutorials On How To Remove Acrylic Nails Following The Above Method

Video 1: How to remove acrylic nails painlessly

Video 2: How to remove acrylic nails without pure acetone

This quick video gives step by step instructions on how to remove acrylic nails without using PURE Acetone.
However  you will notice that she is using Nail Varnish remover that does contain a bit of Acetone in there.

Video 3: How to remove acrylic nails the right way (fast and easy)

Final Thoughts on How to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home

Taking off your acrylic nails at home can be a lengthy and uncomfortable process. However, once you have them removed, you should be back to having your natural nails. The first couple of days of having your artificial nails off can be difficult, especially if your nails are weak and brittle. To combat this, be sure to put a nail strengthener or protective coat on top to begin the healing process. Once you have done this, you will want to give your nails ample healing time before you apply a new set of acrylic nails.

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How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Use of Acetone (3 FREE SAFE METHODS)

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