How to Take Off Acrylic Nails: 4 Ways to Remove Acrylic Nails without Damaging Your Real Nails

Mar 02, 2021 06:00 PM

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SHARE - Acrylic nails are so beautiful, but removing them by yourself sometimes can be painful if you don't know the right methods. Though the easiest way on how to take off acrylic nails is by going to saloon, you need money for that.

You can save time and money by removing the acrylic nails at home. Don't worry, removing acrylic nails at home can be done with household items and acetone. So, here we will share with you the best methods on how to take off acrylic nails correctly. Let's get started! 

How to Take Off Acrylic Nails at Home

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There are lots of ways on how o take off acrylic nails at home. You can use acetone, foil, and even a plastic bag. Here is the easiest way to take off your acrylic nails with a combination of acetone and plastic bags. We're sure you can get these things easily at your home. 

What you should prepare:

  • Nail clippers
  • Acetone
  • A large ziplock bag
  • Wooden cuticle stick
  • Nail buffer

Step 1. Clip your acrylic nails as short as possible. Make sure it won't damage your real nails

Step 2. Take a ziplock bag and fill it with acetone. Make sure you pour enough acetone to soak your nails.

Step 3. Then, put your hand inside the bag and allow your acrylic nails to soak in the acetone for at least 10 - 20 minutes.

Step 4. After finish, scrap the acrylic off using a wooden cuticle stick.

Step 5. Clean with water and apply some essential oils or petroleum jelly to your cuticle area.

How to Take Off Acrylic Nails by Yourself

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Besides using acetone to remove your acrylic nails, you can try another method like using foil. Here's exactly how to do it safely with minimal damage to your nails.

What you need to prepare:

  • Acetone
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail buffer or file
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Aluminum foils
  • Petroleum jelly


Step 1. Cut the excess acrylic nails as short as possible, but don't damage the real nails.

Step 2. Remove the topcoat or nail polish to make it easy to remove the acrylic nails

Step 3. Before taking off the acrylic, apply petroleum jelly on the skin surrounding the cuticles.

Step 4. After that, soak the cotton pads in acetone liquid and place them on your acrylic nails.

Step 5. Tear a nail-size of aluminum foil and wrap it over the cotton pads.

Step 6. Wait for about 25 to 30 minutes. Let the acetone and aluminum foil work.

Step 7. Then, pull gently the aluminum foil and you will see your acrylic nails come off with the foil.

Step 8. Last, to dehydrate your real nails, message the cuticula oil to them.

How to Take Off Acrylic Nails without Acetone

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You may wonder if there is a method to get rid of acrylic nails at home using household items, without acetone. Luckily, you can just remove your acrylic nails using dental floss. You will need a dental floss stick, file, and oil or lotion.

Here is the step by step guide to do it:

Step 1. Pry a small space on your acrylic nails to make a room for the floss part to go under your acrylic and above your natural nail.

Step 2. Then, slide the floss downward with sawing motion toward the end of acrylic nails.

Step 3. File carefully the rest acrylic nails that left on your real nail 

Step 4. Last. apply oil or lotion to your cuticle area.

How to Take Off Acrylic Nails with Hot Water

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Can you believe it? You can remove your acrylic nails with only hot water. What you need are hot water and a toothpick or nail stick. This is the simplest and easy way on how to take off acrylic nails.

Step 1. Boiled enough water and let it cool down a little. It should not be warm water and not tho be extremely hot as well.

Step 2. Pour boiled water into a bowl and dip your fingers in the bowl.

Step 3. Soak your finger in the water for a longer time until the acrylic nails start to swell. When the acrylic nails are swelling, it means they can be easily removed.

Step 4. Keep your finger soaked in the water until the fake nails start coming off

Step 5. Use a toothpick or nail stick and gently pry the fake nails. Be careful when doing this step.

Step 6. You can reheat the water and repeat the process until the remaining glue of acrylic nails is removed

Step 7. Once your nails are clean. apply Vaseline jelly or moisturizing lotion to keep your nails soft.


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