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How to Remove Acrylic Nails?

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Whether you need a replacement or just want your natural nails to have a little oxygen. Or because your natural nails have grown enough to wear them.

Regardless of the reason, the way you should understand the application, it is also important that you know how to soak off acrylic nails easily and painlessly at home.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Some of the work done at the finest salons involves not only the application of acrylic nails and nail polish, besides the stunning designs, they also take their time to perform another procedure that is just as important… We are talking about the removal of acrylics. With this guide and the necessary implements, you will be able to do it from the comfort of your own home.

Steps to Take Off Acrylic Nails at Home

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

How to Remove Acrylic Nails
How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Removing acrylic nails is not a one-time procedure. In fact, there are several ways to do it, here we recommend two excellent methods to avoid pain. Of course, if you follow our instructions.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails Steps by Steps

Method 1

  • First step: File the nails but not, as usual, instead slim the entire area that covers the acrylic with a file that is thick enough. At this point, you must be very careful not to scrape or cut the skin around the nails with the edges of the file.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails

 Use the File to remove the first layer of acrylic. Proceed with caution.

  • Step 2: Fill a container with warm acetone.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails

 WARNING: You should not wet your nails directly… keep reading

  • ● Step 3: Soak cotton balls into the acetone container.
 Cotton soaked in acetone.
  • Step 4: Put the soaked cotton on your nails.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails
  • Step 5: Wrap aluminum foil around your fingers and let it rest for half an hour.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Acrylic Nails with Aluminum Foil.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

  Acrylic Nails with Tweezers (Alternative to aluminum foil)

  • Step 6: Gently scrape off the nail any remaining acrylic. After cleaning the acetone, in order to remove the softened product, you can choose a cuticle pusher or an orange stick, repeating this process until it is dissolved.
Orange Stick for Acrylic Nail Removal.
Orange Stick for Acrylic Nail Removal.

Method 2

  • First step: Cut the acrylic nail tips as short as you can. If they are too thick, you should file them beforehand, so that you don’t have any major inconveniences.

Step 1: Cut as much as you can.

  • ● Step 2: Scrape your nail with a block or buffer until a thin enough layer of acrylic is left. At the end of this process, you will be able to see your natural nails, which are almost free of acrylic. Of course, don’t remove all the acrylic if you don’t want to damage your natural nail.

Step 2: Reduce Acrylic with Buffer.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails
  • Step 3: Remove the remaining material, but do not use acetone, instead use a cuticle bar or orange stick to slowly lift the edge of the remaining acrylic nail.

Step 3: Clean up the remains with an Orange Stick.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails

Step 4: Cut and lift the acrylic layer … repeat the process until it is completely removed.

  • Step 4: Grab a cuticle scissors and cut off what has been lifted previously. Continue lifting and cutting until everything is gone. But don’t pull out too much at the same time, otherwise it will damage your natural nail.

Step 5: Clean the last traces of acrylic with the buffer.

  • Step 5: Remove any remaining traces of acrylic and soften the nails in the process. The aim is to polish them with the help of one side of the buffer.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails
  • Step 6: Apply a lotion or other type of moisturizer.

Step 6: Hydrate your hands with moisturizer.

There is no clear consensus on which method is best or most suitable for the removal of acrylic nails. It all depends on the experience of the manicurist in charge or your friend in charge.

 As long as you keep up to date through you can relax.

Both procedures are considered safe and should not lead to any further complications. Another advice you should follow is to take special care of your natural nails in the next few days and you will achieve this with the constant application of special cuticle oils, along with vitamin E.

healthy food

 Biotin-rich foods

It is recommended to add to your daily diet all those foods that are rich in biotin or to consume it in supplements that you can get in pharmacies or first aid shops in your area. This will not only help you to strengthen and increase the growth of your natural nails, but will also improve the appearance of your skin and hair.

 You will have the best results if you follow a healthy diet.

Important Information When Removing Fake Acrylic Nails

Removing fake nails is not a particularly complicated procedure, but it should be done with all possible care so that there is no damage to the natural nail.

As much care as possible? – UNDERSTOOD!

The upside is that since there are several methods, you and the technician or manicurist (or your expert/novice friend) must agree and evaluate the alternatives you have and choose the one that suits you best, depending on the shape of your nails, how beds, cuticles, and the environment are.

However, there are recommendations that apply in all cases, regardless of the method selected to remove them:

  • Sterile materials. As well as when you are going to apply your acrylic nails, you must verify that all the materials, equipment and tools to use, are new and, moreover, sterilized. You can’t expose yourself to infection or other complications simply by not paying attention to these kinds of details that are really important.
  • Delicate manipulation. At the time of removing your acrylic nails, remember that there is a possibility that your natural nail is a little more sensitive than normal, however, this will depend on how experienced the technician or manicurist is. While it is true that it is essential to remove any trace of the material to avoid discomfort, it must also be stressed that delicacy at this stage is a key element.
  • Complications Care. Although some specialists advise to have acrylic nails for a maximum of four continuous months, that doesn’t mean that it is an unbreakable rule; that is to say, if before this time elapses you feel that your natural nails hurt or bother or you notice some other irregularity that doesn’t fit within the normal parameters, the recommendation is that you remove the acrylics sooner and wait a reasonable time before applying them again.

Warning signs when removing your acrylic nails

Yes, it is normal that when you remove the acrylics, you experience some sensitivity in your natural nails, as a consequence of the time they were in contact with said material, due to the pressure applied and the filing for removing the remains.

None of this should worry you, it’s part of the process. However, it is a warning sign when:

  • You notice that your nails and the skin around them have a strange color.
  • You feel that your fingers are swollen or you can’t move them naturally
  • Your nails give off a strange, penetrating smell that you can’t identify.
  • You are certain that you are experiencing an inflammatory process.


Before you panic, it is good to know that these are extreme and very rare complications that happen ONLY if the tools used to remove acrylic nails are not completely clean or if you have to deal with a technician or manicurist with no experience or someone who is somewhat careless.

 A very skilled manicurist…

The process for removing acrylics is as delicate and precise as placing them, since it involves a series of techniques to remove the material that has been applied to natural nails, in addition to ensuring that they are in the best conditions to maintain themselves or prepare for a new installation.

So why do you want to take them off?


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