Are your acrylic nails past their use-by date? Are they broken, ragged around the tip or just looking less than their best? If they are, there’s not much you can do other than remove them. But you already spent hard-earned money having them applied, do you really have to spend more just to take them off? The answer is no. This simple guide will show you how to remove acrylic nails at home for a fraction of the price a nail salon would charge.
What You’ll Need
The following nail removal method can be used for individual fingernails (maybe you’ve just snapped a nail) or for a full hand. You’ll need:
- Nail clippers
- A small glass bowl
- Cotton balls or kitchen towel
- A buffing stick
- Petroleum jelly or hand cream
Prepare a convenient work space – any table will do, but make sure your chair is comfortable as you’ll be sitting there for about half an hour per hand. As you’ll be using acetone, cover the surface of your table with sheets of newspaper to protect it from drips and spills.
Step by Step Acrylic Nail Removal
- The first step in getting rid of those old acrylic nails is to remove all traces of nail polish. This will allow you to see what you’re dealing with and it will also make the nails easier to remove by taking away the protective coating nail varnish provides.
- With a pair of nail clippers, cut the tips of your acrylic nails back until they are level with your natural nails.
- Roughen the surface of your acrylic nails with a buffing stick.
- Rub petroleum jelly or hand cream into the skin around your nails. This will help protect your skin from the drying effects of the acetone. Make sure you don’t rub any on to the nail itself, though, as this will hinder the nail-removing process.
- Pour enough acetone into the glass bowl to entirely cover your nails.
- Place your fingertips in the acetone and soak for twenty minutes. The acetone will gradually loosen and dissolve your acrylic nails.
- After soaking, take your fingers out of the acetone and rub your nails with a cotton ball or wad of paper kitchen towel. The acrylic, loosened by the acetone, should just rub away. If any acrylic remains, soak your nails for another five minutes and rub again.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove all traces of acetone and petroleum jelly.
- When dry, buff your nails, apply hand cream to your skin and a nail-nourishing cream to your freshly revealed natural nails.
Save Time and Money
By following the steps above you’ll save yourself both the time and the money it would cost you to visit a nail salon. This money could, of course, help out with the family grocery bill. But then again, might it not be better spent on that new set of acrylic nails you’ve been promising yourself?
To learn more about removing acrylic nails check out this video.