In a perfect world, heading back to the salon for acrylic nail removal is ideal, but sometimes DIY is the only option. New York-based celebrity nail artist Pattie Yankee shares her expert advice on the proper way to remove acrylic nails at home without causing damage to your natural nails.
Tools You’ll Need:
- Nail tip clippers like Terrific Tips Nail Tip Clippers
- Dual-sided nail file (100-180 grit on one side, 240 grit on the other) such as Tropical Shine Eco-File
- Pure acetone like Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone
- Resealable plastic sandwich bags
- Microwavable bowls
- Cuticle oil like CND SolarOil
1. Clip Acrylic Nails:
- Use nail tip clippers to cut off acrylic nails as close to the real nails as possible.
2. File Surface:
- With the coarser side of the nail file, create a rough area on each nail to enhance acetone penetration without shortening the length.
3. Prepare Acetone:
- Fill plastic bags with acetone, adding pebbles or marbles for effective product removal. Warm water in microwavable bowls, ensuring it’s as warm as you can stand.
4. Soak Nails:
- Submerge fingertips in acetone-filled bags, placing them in warm water. Allow nails to soak for 10–15 minutes.
5. File Softened Acrylic:
- After soaking, file off softened acrylic, starting with the coarser side and switching to the finer side as you get closer to the natural nail.
6. Repeat if Necessary:
- Repeat the process until no residue remains.
7. Hydrate Nails:
- Wash hands and apply cuticle oil to combat dryness caused by acetone.
Follow these detailed steps patiently for a successful at-home acrylic nail removal without compromising the health of your natural nails. When you’re ready to paint your nails again, explore essential nail grooming tools for a salon-worthy DIY manicure.