How Do You Take Off Acrylic Nails at Home?

Experts agree that it is possible and safe to remove acrylic nails at home if time constraints prevent visits to a salon. Just remember to follow all safety procedures when doing it yourself!

Start by clipping your nails as close to their natural nail bed as possible, then use a nail buffer to rough up polish so it softens more quickly when exposed to acetone.

Warm Water

Your nail beds don’t deserve more acetone; one of the easiest and safest ways to remove acrylic nails is with warm water. “Warm water softens glue on natural nails, enabling you to safely scrape it off without harming their bed,” states Yankee.

Use warm water from either a bowl or microwave, and soak your fingertips for about 20 minutes in either. After this soak-off period has concluded, begin scraping away acrylic nails using an orange stick or cuticle pusher.

This method may be less harsh than soaking your fingers in an acetone-soaked cotton ball or bowl, yet still taxing to nails and nail beds. After finishing to remove your acrylics, wash and moisturize your hands with hand cream after each removal to help your hands recover; or you could try breaking up the acrylics using a course-grit nail file so they are easier to remove without resorting to harsh acetone solutions.

Cuticle Oil

If soaking your nails in hot water sounds like too much of an inconvenience, try massaging cuticle oil into them instead. It will be gentler on natural nails while simultaneously nurturing them as they recover from removal of acrylics.

Use a cotton swab soaked with the product to apply it directly against each nail, or press some under any sections that have begun lifting. Continue this procedure for five minutes; over time your acrylics should loosen.

Ideally, when using acetone to soak your nails, make sure it meets 70-proof or higher specifications and produces some dripping when squeezed from its bottle. After several minutes have passed, remove cotton balls and aluminum foil before gently pushing each softened acrylic away with a cuticle pusher or orange wood stick; be mindful not to scrape too hard as this could potentially damage the nails further.

Dental Floss

TikTok beauty hacks may have you considering using dental floss to take off acrylic nails – however this practice has recently come under scrutiny by nail experts due to a variety of risks involved.

Nail HQ color expert Amy Le cautions that using this method without first soaking with acetone may damage natural nails. Furthermore, “it may be difficult to completely remove an acrylic nail with floss and nail file alone,” as stated.

Once your nails have been soaked and filed with a coarse 100-grit nail file, once your acrylic nails are loose and slightly buffed up, place a piece of dental floss between your acrylic nail and natural one and gently rock back and forth to coax them off.

If you’re having difficulty moving the floss, try using a small orangewood stick to help pry loose your nails a bit – just be careful not to tear any off as this could cause permanent damage!

Nail File

Kandalec advises using a nail file to “roll the softened acrylic off each nail until it no longer rolls.” But she cautions that clipping acrylic nails after a manicure could damage natural nails; “cutting acrylics after manicure can result in cracking,” she warns.

Instead of using metal tools on natural nails after they have been exposed to acetone, she suggests using a nail drill. Once done, use a buffer to buff away any remaining bits of acetone before adding cuticle oil for optimal hydration of natural nails.

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