How to remove acrylic nails at home

Nail extensions are quite popular today, but sooner or later such nails have to be removed. It is not necessary to go to the salon for this, since, unlike the gel, it is not too difficult to remove acrylic nails on your own.

How to remove acrylic nails at home?

Despite the fragility of the material, you should not try to chip, cut or otherwise mechanically remove acrylic. This is fraught with damage to the nail. To remove such nails, acetone-based solvents are usually used, to which acrylic lends itself well.

In addition to acetone, to remove acrylic nails you will need:

  • scissors or nail clippers;
  • nail file;
  • cotton wool or cotton pads;
  • foil;
  • special spatula (orange stick, pusher, etc.);
  • hand cream.

How to remove acrylic nails at home?


  1. Trim the maximum possible length of the extended nail with tweezers (you can use scissors, but this is problematic due to the strength of the material). After that, use a nail file to further grind down, as far as possible, an acrylic nail. The main thing at the same time is not to damage the skin, since the presence of abrasions or cuts can serve as an obstacle to the application of the solvent necessary to remove the extended acrylic nails.
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  3. Gently walk the nail file over the surface of the nail. The fact is that acrylic nails to give them shine are often covered with a special compound (finish gel), which is difficult to attack by a solvent, and therefore it is better to cut it off carefully.
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  5. The skin around the nail must be lubricated with a greasy cream to protect it from the effects of acetone.
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  7. Soak a cotton pad in acetone and apply to the nail. Wrap foil on top. Foil in this case is used as the cheapest and most convenient material, although special rubber fingertips can be used instead, and any other material that will help fix swabs with solvent and at the same time protect you from its active evaporation.
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  9. After 10-15 minutes, the acrylic will soften enough so that it can be peeled off the nail. In air, acrylic hardens quickly enough, therefore it is better to remove it in stages, removing the foil not from all fingers at once, but in turn. If some part of the acrylic does not separate, do not try to pick it off, but it is better to apply the swab with acetone again, for a few more minutes.
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After the acrylic nails are removed, the hands must be thoroughly washed with soap to remove acetone and lubricated with a nourishing cream. On the nails, to improve their condition, it is recommended to apply oil or medical varnish.

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