How to Take Off Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are the most chosen ones among several other artificial nails available for women especially when they are not capable of having natural long fingernails. Artistic acrylic nails are a thing of beauty going beyond the looks of any natural nails if they are placed properly.

However, there is one general problem with these false nails which includes the process in which they have to be taken off after losing their shine. It is essential to remove these acrylic nails in an appropriate manner since this might also include the damage of natural nails.

Most common method used to remove these acrylic nails is by dipping them in acetone, which can be harmful to nail and skin if proper care is not taken. There are also other methods available which does not require usage of acetone, below given are both the methods which includes both using acetone and without acetone.

How to take off acrylic nails?

For this method the necessary items required are:

  • Pure acetone
  • Glass bowl
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Nail buffer
  • Olive oil or hand cream or moisturizer
  • Newspaper or towel

Move ahead with the process given below after gathering necessary materials:

  1. Choose appropriate work place to work on which has lots of space and good support to rest the hands on. Cover the area with newspaper or towel to save it from any spills of the strong acetone.
  2. Clip down the nails as short as possible but ensure that they are not cut too short enough causing damage to the nail bed on which the original nail grows. File the gel or any external coat on acrylic nail.
  3. Fill the bowl with pure acetone and apply petroleum jelly leaving the nails before dipping the fingers into the bowl. Make sure that the nails are entirely immersed in the acetone in bowl.
  4. Leave the fingers dipped in acetone for nearly 20 minutes. This is the most essential step since acetone works on the glue used to stick on the acrylic nails. Petroleum jelly on the fingers will not lead to any dryness of the skin due to strong dosage of acetone.
  5. Take the fingers out from bowl and peel off the acrylic nails gently. If you feel the fake nails not coming off easily, soak the nails in acetone for some more time. Do not use additional force to remove acrylic nails which may cause damage to the natural nails. Utilize nail buffer to remove any extra nail glue leftover.
  6. After the artificial nails have come off, rinse hands properly with water to remove any smallest amount of acetone or petroleum jelly left.
  7. Apply olive oil or hand cream to moisturize the hands which may have lost their moist as an after effect of acetone.

Also read : Importance of Manicure and Pedicure, How to get white nails.

How to take off acrylic nails without acetone?

Let’s get started with the process after having gathered all the necessary items.

  1. Select a surface to work on the nails. Take the bowl and fill it with acetone-free nail polish remover with sufficient amount so that all the fingertips will soak into it.
  2. Before soaking the fingertips into the bowl, coat fingertips and nail cuticles with petroleum jelly for nail care.
  3. Fingertips only have to be soaked into the bowl instead of the entire hand and the nails have to be dipped into the nail polish remover for at least 20 minutes. This ensures that the acrylic gel applied will eventually soften and dissolve.
  4. Use orange sticks to softly scrub off the acrylic gel and dab it with a towel. If the gel does not come out easily, go ahead with the process of soaking the nails in the nail remover solution again for few more minutes and again go ahead with the scraping off gel with orange stick. Take care to not scrape off original nail surface under the acrylic nail coat.
  5. After removing the total acrylic coat on the nails, rinse hands with warm water and dry them with towel. Use nail buffer to take off the remaining acrylic on nail. Later use moisturizer to relieve skin.

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  1. I gonna try this will comment a again if this method works!


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