How To Get Acrylic Nails Off At Home: A Complete Step By Step Guide

Need to Get Your Acrylic Nails Off without Damage? Step by Step Guide for Acrylic Nails Removal right at Home without Damaging Your Nails!

Acrylic nails are absolutely gorgeous when they’re newly done. Fortunately (or unfortunately), however, your natural nails never stop growing, and after a few weeks, you may find it difficult to stare at those once-beautiful nails without cringing.

When your hands begin to look like a natural disaster zone, that’s a not-so-subtle clue that your nail extensions need to be removed. Under normal circumstances, the best, easiest, and safest way to remove acrylic nails is to head straight to a salon and let the professionals handle the job. But professional manicurists charge the equivalent of an arm and a leg, and that option may not be available to you at the moment.

While the prospect of biting, picking, or pulling off those acrylic nails may begin to appear more and more enticing at this point, you should fight off that urge as much as possible. Because those methods are unsafe, and because there are better and (relatively) safer ways to remove acrylic nails right from the comfort of your home.

In this article, we’ll walk you through simple, step-by-step guides to safely ridding your digits of acrylic nails without doing any damage to your nails, and getting your hands ready for your next trip to the salon for brand new acrylic nails.

Remove acrylic nails

First things first: Grab Your Gear

For this exercise, you’re going to need a few things, such as:

● 100% Pure Acetone
● Cotton wool
● Manicure set
● Foil
● Petroleum jelly
● Hand cream
● Bowl  

As soon as you’ve assembled the above ingredients at a place where you can easily reach them, it’s time to get into the business. Here’s how to get acrylic nails off:

First Method

The fastest and least tasking method to remove acrylic nails is to dab cotton wool in pure acetone, cover your nails with the cotton balls, then wrap your fingers in tin foil and give the acetone about 30 minutes to do its job (softening the acrylics). You can then complete the process by buffing or scraping off the rest with a cuticle pusher or orange stick.

Before you begin, warming up your acetone can help fast-track the process and produce results much easier. You’d need to be careful though. Acetone is highly flammable, so be sure not to heat it longer than absolutely necessary. Let’s bring this method home by explaining it in steps.

How To Get Acrylic Nails off


● Choose any tool from your manicure set and carefully cut or file away as much of the acrylic as you can. Get as close to your natural nails as possible.
● Thoroughly buff your nails with a file or nail buffer, until the shine of the nail polish is completely gone. This helps the polish soften faster when you apply the acetone.
● Pour acetone into your bowl and dip your fingers in it for about five minutes.
● Use a cuticle pusher to gently push the nail polish off your nails. Start from your cuticles and push downwards.
● Dip your nails into the bowl of acetone again, for another five minutes, then gently push off the polish. Repeat as often as you need to.
● Use a nail buffer to buff off those pieces that your cuticle pusher was unable to reach. ● Rehydrate your nails using cuticle oil.
Alternatively, you can use the foil method. Here are the steps for that:
● Soak cotton balls in acetone and place the balls directly on your nails.
● Wrap each nail with tin foil to secure the saturated cotton balls in and wait for about 30 minutes.
● Unwrap your fingers gently, then use a cuticle pusher to gently remove spots of acrylic nail polish that cling on to them.
● Finally, moisturize your hands with cuticle cream, or rich hand cream.

Second Method

Acetone is probably the easiest and safest DIY acrylic nail polish removing agent, but it is incredibly hard on your hands. This harsh agent can cause severe damage to your nails in the long run, if used incorrectly.

Fortunately, you can remove acrylic nail polish at home without using acetone or other harsh chemicals. We call this the warm water method and it’s just as effective as the first method, although it probably requires a bit more patience. Steps below
How To Get Acrylic Nails at home


● Fill up a bowl with warm water and soak your hands completely for between 15 to 20 minutes.
Warm water helps to soften the acrylic nails, making them easier to remove.
● Use a nail buffer or cuticle pusher to remove the acrylic nail polish. Dip your hands into the bowl of water for longer if the acrylic nail remains tough to remove.
● When you’ve gotten rid of the acrylic nails, moisturize your hands with good hand cream. Submerging your hands in water for extended periods in water tends to dry the skin.
There you go. Easy and straightforward.
Third Method
Now, this method is not the safest, even though it is probably a bit quicker than the other two listed above. We don’t recommend trying this one out unless you’re in a real pinch. It’s known as the dental floss method, and you’ll need someone to help you out with it. Here are the simple steps:


● Ask your companion to help apply dental floss between your natural nail and the acrylic nail, starting from the bottom of the nail.
● Spread the dental floss over the nail and gently swipe upwards from the base of the acrylic nail. Repeat until the acrylic nail comes off completely.
● Moisturize your hands with good hand cream.

Final Important Words on Getting Acrylic Nails Off Safely

Letting a professional manicurist still remains the best way to remove acrylic nails when they start to look more than a little haggard. However, if that option doesn’t look feasible for whatever reason, you may need to become familiar with DIY methods for getting rid of acrylic nails.

Here, we’ve identified easy, safe, and yes, inexpensive ways to remove acrylic nails that do not involve biting, picking, or pulling your nails. Now, you can safely get acrylic nails off without damaging your nails, and without even stepping out from your home.

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