I am looking for tips for how to remove acrylic nails.
Heat is the key for the acetone! (07/28/2007)
Nails do not need to breathe as they are waste products of the body and are DEAD! As already stated, the easiest way to remove is to soak cotton wool in acetone, apply to nails and cover in foil. Leave for at least 30 mins and gently scrape off with BLUNT cuticle pusher. (08/02/2007)
By helen ellie
Soaking in acetone will eat glue and acrylic nails. This is the only proper way to remove acrylic nails. Non-acetone will do nothing to the nail. Soak in a bowl and do not throw acetone down a drain pipe. It will also eat the pipe to. This is not harmful to the skin. (08/21/2007)
Seriously. Just get it professional done. It's $5. (08/31/2007)
First, I clipped off all the tips with fingernail clippers. They had already grown out so all I needed to get off was the rest of the acrylic. Then I soaked them in acrylic nail remover and then filed the surface of my nails down with a regular nail file. Only two of them came off so the rest I soaked and filed until they got down pretty thin [I didn't file all the way down, because it would have damaged the nail underneath]. Then I painted over them until they were grown out. It took a couple of months but I didn't have to pry anything off or have sensitive, thin nails. I just lived with it. (09/04/2007)
First: "Popping" your nails off removes several layers of natural nail at the same time. NEVER do this! And never allow someone to do it to do. it DAMAGES your natural nails!
Then the part about using a "mechanical buffer" to smooth the real nail. That is called a Dremel. Its a drill. A Dremel is made for uses like woodworking and hobbies. It is NOT for use on nails. And a natural nail should never be filed by any mechanical means, especially a Dremel!
It never ceases to amaze me how blind the American public is to this whole thing. These discount salons are everywhere. The problems are many: Many of the techs are unlicensed, and untrained. They fail to use proper sanitary procedures, thus placing the customer at risk for infections of all kinds. They use the same files and sanding disks over and over without cleaning, and disinfecting them between customers - Another health risk right there. This practice is illegal in most states, but they do it anyway. They very often will use MMA containing products on your nails. This is approved by the FDA for dentistry, but NOT for nails, and it has been banned in many states for use on nails. It is obtained through the black market. They use this because, compared to the products they are supposed to be using, it is a fraction of the cost.
Pedicures: Ooh, sounds great, huh? These discount salons operate like an assembly line. Get a customer in, hurry them through, get them out. A pedicure bath is supposed to be cleaned, AND disinfected in between each and every client, using an EPA approved hospital grade disinfectant. It takes 10 minutes to disinfect. Do you really think they are adhering to the rules? Discount Salons will simply wash the bath out with water, and maybe use a little 505 or something similar, but that is all! That means that your feet are soaking in the germs of all those who previously soaked in that bath. Many people have gotten infections from this dirty, and illegal practice. Some people have gotten infected so very badly that amputation was the only way to stop the spread of infection. There have been a few cases of deaths as well being reported.
They will scam you too. Gel nails is a great example. They will tell you that you are getting gel nails, but then they will apply acrylic nails on you, then cover that with a UV topcoat and say that they are gel nails. And you pay a higher price for these 'gel' nails. Look, real gel nails NEVER use any liquid & powder during the application. If they are doing this, you are getting ripped off. Gel is gel, not powder. It is applied in several layers, and each layer must be cured individually under a special UV lamp for two minutes. That is real gel. If you are getting liquid & powder used, or they are not using a UV lamp to cure the layers, you do not have 'gel' nails, you have acrylic nails. Solar nails are another rip off. But I've said enough.
Stay OUT of these discount salons. They will ruin your nails, and jeopardize your health. Instead, book an appointment at a reputable, licensed salon. You will have top quality products used on your nails, and it will NOT hurt. Getting nail services should NEVER hurt, even the least bit. Oh, and you will find that American salons adhere to proper sanitation and disinfection procedures. Isn't your health important to you, or would you really rather risk your health just to save a few bucks. (10/07/2007)
Hey I think you should just get them taken off by a professional. (11/09/2007)
While reading the tips for removing the nails, I sent my husband to the store for a bottle of acetone as I had used the tinfoil/cottonball/acetone tip once before and while it did work eventually, was messy and left quite a bit of acrylic on my nails.
He came home with the acetone and a little tub of Kiss Artificial Nail Remover. I figured I had nothing to lose so I gave it a shot. To me, the tub didn't have enough acetone in it so I added some to it to make sure that all my nails were covered completely. Inside the tub is two compartments, one is a hole for one finger (or thumb if doing all fingers) and the other is an elongated hole for the rest of the fingers. Inside the holes are rows of little plastic comb-like nubs. Basically you soak and scrub your nails against the little combs and it eats right through the acrylic. The package also comes with tiny orangewood sticks so that when you have dissolved most of the acrylic, you can easily lift the nail off. This took me about 15 minutes per hand however I suppose that if you wanted to keep soaking and scrubbing, it would have taken slightly longer to completely dissolve all of the acrylic.
This was the first time ever after having to take them off that I didn't swear I'd never have them put on again. (11/21/2007)
I got acrylic nails on for the first time about a week ago. I wanted them off because i could not do my work. I type a lot. These nails seemed so thick and so attached to my real nail.I tried the cotton balls with acetone and foil and it did not work. then I put in 2 bowls of acetone to cover my nails. Had to wait about 1 1/2 hours to soak. Took my nails out and all the fake nails were gone. My real nails looked pretty nice, although their was a cuticle type of ring where my real nails grew out.
Showed them to my husband and kids and they said they looked good. I did put nail lotion on them and then used a smooth buffer and buffed them up. I don't want to repeat the fake nails again as it was a lengthy process. After taking the fake acrylics off my nail was still strong. I don't think anyone should pop them off.
I would get the acrylic nails completely off because if you don't and water gets between your nail and the acrylic you can get a fungus or infection. (12/15/2007)
I agree with what the nail tech wrote, I'm a nail tech too and you should NEVER rip off the acrylics off your natural nail or anything else. SOAKING OFF is always the best way. Its time consuming but its better for your nails. Clip the tips of the nails, get a nail file and file the top the nails as much as you can so you can thin it out and just soak your nails in the acetone, after awhile with the same file you had use it to remove the 1st layer of acrylic and repeat on every finger. (12/27/2007)
If you are concerned about the state of your skin after soaking your fingers in acetone like I was after getting them removed professionally use Vaseline. Cover your skin only, not the nail at all, as this will block the acetone. Do this before submerging tips into bowl. Then all you have to do is wash your hands throughly after all the rest is done.. (01/01/2008)
I am a nail tech, and I have to say that the best way of getting acrylic nails off is to soak and file. Your real nail underneath should be almost the same way it was with a little buffing. Sometimes when you take your acrylics off they seem to look really thin and brittle, but the only reason they are thin and brittle is because your nail tech is using a drill on your natural nail. So next time you go get your nails done ask them to not use the drill on your natural nails only on the acrylic. So when you do take them off...they are still great! (01/03/2008)
Be very careful - I tried soaking my nails in acetone nail polish remover and sustained chemical burns to my fingers - all 10. Right now I'm typing with cotton gloves on & they are covered by plastic gloves. The sensitivity in my fingertips is unbearable. What feels warm or cool to the back of my hand feels like boiling or freezing to my fingertips. (01/30/2008)
I too got nails and I hate them! I just found this article about removing them....It seems like it will work.
"A very popular, cheap and effective way of removing the acrylic nails is to use acetone. One must buy pure acetone, which is easily available from any store that sells regular nail polish remover. The nails should then be clipped as far as possible. Now the elaborate method is as follows. Take some aluminum foil and cut it into squares. Now, wet the cotton balls with acetone, lay it on the nail and cover it as tightly as possible with the aluminum foil. Repeat the procedure for all 10 nails or do one hand at a time. Do not open the foil for at least 20 minutes. Once the time elapses, remove the foils one at a time and with a wood pusher or orange wood stick scrape the acrylic off. Ideally it should come right off, however the process can be repeated if there are some traces left. Another way of removing the nails using acetones is to soak the hands in warm water for some time. Then soak them in acetone and the acrylic nails will then become soft and easily remove.
It is very important to remember that once the entire process is over, one should massage the hand with a good hand cream as the acetone can thoroughly dry the skin."
Non-acetone removers will not do anything against acrylic! You need to use an acetone-based remover in order to remove the nails. the "clear bit" that they put on your nails is the actual acrylic, the "tip" they put on is plastic and should pop off when all the acrylic is melted off. Here's how:
1) Apply Vaseline on fingers and cuticles
2)Take a bowl of acetone to soak your hands in it for a while. It's better to use warm acetone than that at room temperature since it works faster on the nails. You can warm it by putting the acetone bowl in another bowl of hot water. DO NOT ever heat the acetone in a microwave or on the gas stove. Acetone is a highly inflammable chemical and can be quite hazardous.
3) Cover the acetone bowl with a clean towel to avoid evaporation
4) Keep the fingers in acetone for at least 15 minutes if it is warm and for about 30 minutes if it is at room temperature. Remember, the longer you keep it, the better since the acrylic will wear off easily and faster.
5) Once the water becomes gummy, (which is the acrylic melting off), you can remove the rest of it by wiping it off with the towel dipped in acetone. Do not try to remove the acrylic before it is ready to peel off else it will begin to harden again and you will have to undergo the entire process again.
I have been wearing acrylic nails for about 5 years now and about every 2 or 3 months i soak them off and put a new set back on. I have tried many ways to take acrylic nails of and the least painful way is to soak them in pure acetone witch you can find at wal mart or any other drug store. You will also need a pedicure sponge, the ones they use to scrub the bottom of your feet. So you want to soak them one hand at a time and about every 10 mins you want to scrub the top layers of and soak again. this process does take about 30 to 40 mins but it is the least painful and less damaging way to do it. (03/19/2008)
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