How To Remove Acrylic Nails At Home In Just 4 Steps

Take a quick insight on how anyone could Remove Acrylic Nails on their own. Just need to follow the following steps.

How To Remove Acrylic Nails At Home In Just 4 Steps
Acrylic Nails

Nail art is not just a high-demand trend, it is also an extension of one’s personality. It is indeed a form of art and acrylics have been the favourite choice of almost everyone when it comes to adorning their nails. So, what exactly is an acrylic nail? Acrylic can be understood as the combination of a powder polymer and a liquid monomer. When mixed together, we get a paste which is then bonded to the natural nail. The paste can be shaped according to our idea, as the material is quite malleable. The material then hardens, giving an extra layer of thickness and increased length to our nails. They are much more durable than gel nails, and also, the latter needs to be cured in UV light for it to set. 

The past year has indeed taught us to be self-reliant, with all the salons closing off due to the pandemic. The same applies to acrylic nails as well. Even though it is always better to get your acrylic nails removed at a professional nail salon, if you are not in the best situation to do so, you can try removing them on your own. Just make sure to NEVER bite off your acrylic nails, as the chemicals present in the acrylic nails would directly get into your body. Also, you have to be really patient with this process as there will be no professional tools to aid you. Now that you have been fairly warned, let us have a look at how to take off acrylic nails in the comfort of your home. 

Step 1: Start filling the acrylic nail away

If you do not have a 100-grit nail file or an 80-grit nail file, better go get one. This tool is necessary to file away the large majority of acrylic nails from your real nail. Anything less than an 80-grit nail file will take you forever to grind down the acrylic nail. DO NOT attempt to pull out the acrylic nails as they don’t come out that easily. It might actually cause damage to your original nails. So the only right way is to slowly file the acrylic away. This might take some time. File gently in long strokes, keeping the file perpendicular to the nail. Stop once you come decently close to your real nails. 

Step 2: Get ready with lots and lots of acetone

Now that the majority of the acrylic is filed away, it is time to remove the ones that cling to your original nail. Keep the bottle of 100% acetone under warm water and heat it up a bit. Do not bring it near flame as acetone is highly flammable. Pour the warm acetone into a bowl and dip your fingernails in the liquid for about 30 minutes. Your nail beds would be seriously dehydrated, but that is a problem for another day. If this seems a bit too much for you, there is an alternative. Grab an aluminium foil and some cotton balls. Dip the cotton balls in acetone and then use this cotton ball to cover your nails. Top it off with aluminium foil and let this sit for 30 minutes. 

Step 3: Remove any leftovers 

The 30 minutes of soaking in acetone must have loosened up any more of the acrylic which has been clinging to your nail. You can easily remove the acetone with the help of a light nail file, a cuticle pusher, or an orange stick. If there are still any stubborn particles of acrylic left on your fingernails, then try soaking your nails in acetone for some more time. You can alternatively use a soft foam nail buffer to carefully file the acrylic away. Make sure to not apply too much pressure. 

Step 4: It’s time to hydrate

All that time spent dipped in acetone might surely have left your nail beds completely dehydrated. Your nails also might be a bit thin due to all the filing. The best thing to do immediately after getting all the acrylic out of your nails is to apply a generous amount of cuticle oil on your nails and cuticles. You can also apply a hand mask or use hand cream in place of the cuticle oil to restore the lost moisture. Do not rush to the salon to get your nails done as your nails need time to recover from what it has been through. At least give your nails some time to grow back completely. 

Even though you can totally remove your acrylic nails at home, it is always best to seek the help of professionals who have received the right kind of training to do this. Make sure to visit a professional hair salon where the staff knows what they are doing. If there are any certifications from an accredited beauty school hanging on a wall somewhere, then you are good to go.