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How to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home?

‘A girl without beautiful nails is like a night without stars’. Acrylic nails are common among women who love the custom designs and glamorous look of these long nails. By these acrylic nails, you can make any old outfit look a new one. Long nails enhance the personality of a person and to get this done, people spend a good amount of money in the parlor. But when these nails start growing thick and their color changes to yellow then it is a sign that you should remove your acrylic nails. Don’t worry for this you don’t have to spend money as in this article you will find some easy methods to remove acrylic nails at home. But keep one thing in mind that it requires patience as too much of eagerness can cause a serious and long term damage to your nail bed.

Methods to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home:

1. Use Acetone and Aluminium Foils to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home

Follow the steps given below:

Things Required:

  • Nail filer.
  • Nail clipper.
  • Cotton balls.
  • Acetone
  • Almond oil.
  • Aluminium foils
  • Hot water.

Instructions to follow:

Follow the steps given below:

First Way:

  • Take three large bowls. Pour hot water into two bowls and acetone in the third one. Immerse your finger in the acetone bowl. Keep in mind that you only dip your finger as acetone can make your skin very dry.
  • Let the fingers be submerged for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Take your fingers out of the water and use a cotton ball to remove the first layer of acrylic gently and rub slowly so that the second layer can lift up.
  • Again dip your fingers in acetone and keep it immersed for the same time duration ( 20 to 30 minutes).
  • Keep doing this until all the acrylic is removed. Remember one thing that you should be patient while doing this process and avoid the temptation to remove acrylic as it can cause serious damage to the nail bed.
  • Do the same process to remove the acrylic nails of the second hand.
  • Wash your hands with a moisturising soap. A moisturising soap will help to reduce the dryness caused by acetone.
  • Wipe it using a towel and apply a lot of almond oil to moisturise the dry skin.

how to remove acrylic nails at home

Second Way:

  • Use nail clippers to clip the fake nails down and remove some acrylic. Do this to the extent that it does hot hurt you otherwise serious damage can be caused to your nail bed.
  • Allow acetone to penetrate by filing the nail surface to break down acrylic.
  • Soak 10 cotton pads  in the solution of acetone.
  • Place the cotton ball on every finger  and wrap the finger with aluminium foil. You can also use a non-plastic tape to cover it. If your skin is not sensitive to acetone,  then you simply can soak your hands in acetone.
  • Remember that air should not enter as it will stop the breakdown of acrylic.
  • Let it be covered for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Repeat this process two to three times more.
  • Gently pry the acrylic nails using an orange wood stick.
  • Wash your hands using a moisturised soap.
  • Apply a lot of almond oil as acetone is very dry.

This is a one of the simplest method to remove acrylic nails at home.

Caution: Acetone is extremely flammable so do not microwave it. Before using acetone, make sure that the room is well ventilated as acetone has strong fumes. Don’t light a cigarette near acetone.

2. Use Petroleum Jelly to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home Safely

Follow the steps given below:

Things Required:

  • Bowl of water.
  • Nail buffer.
  • Acetone nail polish remover.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Olive oil.
  • Petroleum jelly.
  • Orange wood stick.
  • Nail filer.

Instructions to Follow:

  • Cut down your acrylic nails as short as possible without hurting yourself.
  • Rub your nails using a filer to remove acrylic. Do this in every direction. Clean the dust once you have finished.
  • Coat your nails with a layer of petroleum jelly and make sure that it covers the nail bed too. Petroleum jelly will prevent you from dryness caused by acetone. Apply a good amount of petroleum jelly. You can use a wooden applicator with its tip covered with cotton to apply the petroleum jelly more precisely. If you have applied petroleum jelly extra also, it is not harmful to the skin.
  • Take a large bowl and fill it with acetone nail polish remover.
  • Sink your fingers in the bowl and wait until the glue used for the binding of the acrylic nail to the nail bed comes out.
  • This will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Take out your hand from the bowl and gently try to remove the acrylic nail from the original nail.
  • Wash your hands to remove the petroleum jelly and acetone nail polish remover.
  • Repeat the same process to remove the acrylic nail of the next hand.
  • Massage lots of olive oil on your fingers.
  • You can reduce dryness by regularly buffering your nails.

3. Use a Dental Floss to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home

This is a quiet time-saving method to remove acrylic nails at home. Two people are required for this method.

Things Required:

  • 12 inches Soft thread ( which is basically used by the dentist) to clean spaces.
  • Metal nail filer.

Instructions to Follow:

  • Take a metal nail filer and use it at the tip of the nail so that a floss can pass under it.
  • Wrap a soft thread on the index finger of each hand of  the other person.
  • Now slip the soft thread under the edge you created.
  • The second person will gently move towards the nail bed in a sawing motion.
  • This will pop off the acrylic nail.

4. Items to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home

All the items used in this method can be easily available to remove the acrylic nails at home.

Things Required:

  • Nail buffer.
  • Coarse Nail filer.
  • Nail clipper.
  • Cuticle sticks.

Instructions to Follow:

  • Trim your acrylic nails using a nail clipper. Use a coarse nail file if the thickness is too much. Don’t put too much pressure as it can cause serious damage to the nail bed.
  • Use a buffing tool to file the acrylic nail. Keep filing until only a thin layer of acrylic is left on the natural nail. Remember  that eagerness to remove the acrylic can cause serious damage to the nail bed.
  • Once you have lifted the edge of the acrylic nail,  then place the tip of a cuticle stick under it and start trimming the acrylic. Repeat the process until the acrylic has been removed. Don’t pry too much otherwise, the natural layers of the nail will come out.
  • Use a buffer to remove the last traces of acrylic. Apply moisturizer to soften it.
  • Repeat the same process to remove acrylic nails of the next hand.

Techniques to be Avoided:

  • Never splinter  the tips of the acrylic nail to remove it. Even if the acrylic nail will come out painlessly it will damage the nail bed.
  • Don’t be too eager to file the hardened acrylic nail. They are very thick,  so first try to soften them using acetone nail polish remover.

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