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How to Take Off Acrylic Nails at Home

Rutuja Jathar
Tired of your artificial, glittering set of talons, and wondering how to remove them now? The following article will tell you how to take off acrylic nails by yourself.
Nail grooming is an important task, especially for those who have short and weak fingernails. This dilemma, however, was solved by the advent of artificial ones, better known as acrylic nails.
These are a desire and lifesaver for those who don't have very strong nails. They undoubtedly add beauty to the hands, with their charming, long, and shapely features. They are also a great thing for those who wish to get rid of the habit of nail biting.
Nonetheless, the beauty of the acrylic nails does not last long in the hustle of the daily chores that one has to perform. There are a few nail care tips that need to be followed for their maintenance. After a while, you might find them unmanageable, and wish to get rid of them. Hence, let's learn about how to do so.

Acrylic Nail Removal

The best possible way is to go to the nearest beauty salon, and get rid of them. However, what if you learned how to take them off, all by yourself? Being a positive step towards nail care, it would save a few bucks too. There are a few methods that can help you do so safely, at home. Here are a few tips.
With Acetone
  • For taking off acrylic nails at home, reduce the length of your artificial nails as much as possible, to save the time spent on removal.
  • Take two medium-sized bowls, one filled with acetone, and the other with plain water.
  • Place your hands in the acetone-filled bowl for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. It will soften up the nails, and make it easy for you to peel them off. Take your hands out of the bowl.
  • If done properly, you can see that the nails come off on their own as well. Now, rinse your hands in the water bowl to make sure that all the traces of acetone (nail remover) are gone.
Now apply some cuticle oil and moisturizer on the nails, as they become dry due to the long duration use of the artificial nails.
Without Acetone
  • This method requires a bit of patience. You will have to wait until the natural nails have grown more than the size of the acrylic ones.
  • Then, use an acrylic nail clipper to reduce the length of the artificial nails. Never use the regular nail clipper, as it can crack your nails midway.
  • Use the large grain side of the 4 sided buffer, and file the acrylic down as thin as possible. It may look merely like a strong layer on the regular nails.
  • You can stop here, wait until the natural nail grows, and clip it on growing.
  • Otherwise, use a cuticle clipper to clip along the thin edges of the nails, and continue towards the middle. Keep on clipping until the whole nail is gone.
Apply cuticle oil and a quality hand lotion to the hands, and you are done. Both the methods explained above, are equally easy and adaptable by everyone. Now you won't be afraid of experimenting with your nails, would you?