You may be wondering how to remove acrylic nails if you’ve grown tired of your acrylic nails. When acrylic nails are applied correctly and maintained, they can last for years, however you may wish to learn how to remove acrylic nails in the event of a breakage. If one of your acrylic nails does suffer damage, a chip of breakage, then you will need to know how to remove acrylic nails and replace it. You may have grown tired of your current set of nails and wish to remove your acrylic nails also. It is important to do this safely, so that when removing acrylic nails you do not damage the natural nail. So if you’ve been wondering how to remove acrylic nails, this guide will definitely help.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails
- Cover your work area with a cloth or towel. This will prevent your work top from being damaged from the acetone in the event that any is spilled.
- Take a manicure bowl and fill it with hot water. The water needs to be hot but not boiling. Room temperature will not be hot enough.
- Take a 2nd manicure bowl and fill it with just enough acetone in it to cover the nails. Place this 2nd bowl in the bowl. This will heat up the acetone, which makes it work faster.
- Take some vaseline and apply this on your fingertips and around the cuticle. The vaseline helps to prevent your skin from drying. Make sure not to cover the nail itself with vaseline.
- When all this is done, soak your nails by placing one hand in the manicure bowl. Allow 10-15 minutes for your nails to soak.
- When you have finished soaking the nail, remove your hand from the manicure bowl and gently scrape away the softened product from the nail. This gel like substance is the acrylic loosening and becoming soft. Take extra care to not scrape the natural nail during this step. Don’t remove your nails from the acetone for more than a few seconds at a time. If you do, then acrylic will once again start to harden and you will have to soak your acrylic nails again.
- Repeat this scraping procedure until you have removed all of the acrylic. Some small sections of the nail may be left with some acrylic stuck to it. If this happens, simply buff it away using a white block.
- After you have removed all of the acrylic, file the nail back into shape. Wash your hands and apply moisturiser to your hands.
- Finish by applying some cuticle oil to each nail.
About Removing Acrylic Nails
Removing acrylic nails should only be done with a solvent. You may find many people asking online how to remove acrylic nails without acetone. The correct, best, safest and most efficient way to remove acrylic nails is by using a solvent however. The most popular choice among nail technicians is acetone. Acetone is so popular for acrylic nail removal as it is the fastest, most affordable and easiest way of removing acrylic nails. Acetone can be used by nail technicians of all levels, professional or beginner which is why its a great choice for those learning how to remove acrylic nails from home, in a course environment or in a salon.
Acetone works by breaking the bond in the polymer chains. When a bonding agent is used when applying acrylic nails, the stronger the bonding agent, the harder it is to remove. This is why acetone is required when wanting to remove acrylic nails.
By far the most simple type of acrylic nail removal is fibreglass. The resin in this type of nail extension has very weak bonds, which means that when you’re removing acrylic nails the process will be fast. Fibreglass acrylic nails offer less strength than alternative types of acrylic however.
Acrylic liquid & acrylic powder is quite possibly the most popular type of acrylic nail system available. It is the system I most commonly apply to clients, and its what people learning will most readily buy. This acrylic nail system is very simple to remove, however it is slower than the fibreglass method. If trying to remove acrylic nails that have been applied through liquid and powder, ensure that the nail is left to soak off.
Gel Nails (UV Gel Nails) are the most difficult types of nail to remove. Gel nails are different to acrylic nails however. Please check out out how to remove gel nails guide for more information.
Safety Notes For Using Acetone
- When using acetone, make sure you are in a well ventilated room. Open doors and windows and make sure there is a fresh air source.
- Do not use acetone on broken, damaged or sore skin as this will cause pain and discomfort.
- Lay down a cloth or towel when working with acetone. Acetone will remove paint or varnish from work tops and surfaces.
- Acetone is flammable so keep it away from sources of ignition.
- Do not get pour acetone into drains as it could dissolve plastic pipes used for plumbing.
I hope this guide on how to remove acrylic nails will help your, and allow to to learn how to remove acrylic nails from home. If you have any questions, or comments please leave them below and i’ll get back to you. Make sure to subscribe to the blog & newsletter for exclusive tips, videos and nail photos. Thanks for reading