Removing Your Acrylics Safely

Before You Begin: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin the removal process, make sure that you have the correct set of tools at hand, such as:

  • Acetone: Acetone is a key ingredient in acrylic nail removal. Look for 100% acetone for the best results.
  • Nail File Or Buffer: You’ll need a nail file or buffer to gently remove the top layer of the acrylic nails.
  • Cotton Balls Or Pads: These will be used to soak in acetone to wrap around your nails.
  • Aluminum Foil Or Nail Soakers: Either of these can be used to wrap the acetone-soaked cotton around your nails.
  • Cuticle Oil Or Nail Cream: After the acrylic nails are removed, cuticle oil or nail cream will help moisturise and nourish your natural nails. 

Step-By-Step Guide To Acrylic Nail Removal:

Step 1: Prepare Your Workstation: Find a well-ventilated area with a flat and sturdy surface to work on. Lay down a towel or paper towels to catch any spills and protect the surface from acetone.

Step 2: File The Acrylic Nails: Using a nail file or buffer, gently file the top layer of the acrylic nail. This step helps break the seal and allows the acetone to penetrate the acrylic nail more effectively. Be careful not to file too aggressively to avoid damaging your natural nails.

Step 3: Soak The Cotton Balls/Pads In Acetone: Take small pieces of cotton balls or pads and saturate them with acetone. Make sure they are large enough to cover your entire nail bed.

Step 4: Apply Acetone-Soaked Cotton To Nails: Place the acetone-soaked cotton on top of your natural nails, ensuring they are in direct contact with acrylics. You can use aluminium foil to wrap around your fingers, securing the cotton in place, or you can use nail soakers, which are designed specifically for this purpose.

Step 5: Wait Patiently: Now comes the waiting game. Let your nails soak in the acetone for about 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the acrylic to soften and loosen its bond to your natural nails.

Step 6:Gently Remove Acrylics: After the soaking time is up , carefully remove the foil or nail soakers, and gently push off the softened acrylic using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick. If the acrylic doesn’t come off easily, do not force it. Repeat the soaking process.

Step 7: Clean And Moisturize: Once all the acrylic is removed, wash your hands thoroughly to remove any acetone residue. Apply cuticle oil or a rich nail cream to rehydrate your natural nails and the surrounding skin.

Step 8: Buff And Shape: After your nails have dried, gently buff them to smooth out any rough patches left behind by the acrylic. Be gentle to avoid thinning your natural nails too much.

Step 9: Give Your Nails Some Love: Now that your nails are safely removed, give your natural nails a break from any further enhancements. Consider using a nail strengthening treatment to promote nail growth and overall nail health.

Removing nails at home can be done safely and effectively with the right tools and a little patience. However if you’re unsure about the process or encounter any difficulties, it’s always best to seek professional assistance from a nail technician. Proper removal ensures that your natural nails remain healthy and ready for their next fabulous manicure.