What is an easy and safe way to remove an acrylic overlay over natural nails?
By Lisa from Fort Wayne, IN
Not sure if you mean the new ones that look like what we use to call "fake" nails or not that you used a glue to put the complete nail right over your own, if it is that glue is like super glue. I tried them and had a terrible time getting them off, after all it is super glue. No way would have hot water taken mine off. I had to remove them the same way as the liquid acrylics that are built up.
You use acetone nail polish remover to soak them in, be very gentle removing the acrylic so as not to do any more damage to your own nail. The acetone is what melts the acrylic. Don't gouge or scrape your nail, use a wooden stick such as an orange cuticle stick from a manicure kit or popcycle stick would work. Just be patient and let the nail polish do it's work, it will take quite a while but it will be the best method for your real nails.
Do not peel the acrylic off when it feels like it will come just keep pushing the melted goo off until you are down to your own nails. I can't stress this enough especially if you have worn the acrylics for several years. Your own nails are most likely going to be soft and easily damaged, good luck from the voice of a slow learner, took me three times until I learned my lesson. Still paying the price with ruined nails 15 years later.
I've tried removing acrylic from my big toes with pure acetone, but it does not work. I'm stressing now as I have got a fungus infection under the nail as a result of the acrylic. I really want to get the acrylic off so I can start treating the fungus infection. Has anyone got any ideas how else I could remove it?
Hello, Please go to the Dr. regarding the fungus and call a manicurist to remove the acrylic from your toes. Please do not put acrylic on your toes. I have my nails/pedicure done once a month and have never seen anyone put the acrylic on their toes.
I am a former acrylic nail wearer and now have an acrylic overlay over my natural nails. How can I safely remove the overlay and not damage my natural nails? They are a very nice length.
Elizabeth from Kentucky
Best of Luck. (07/29/2005)
The best thing to do is get a complete manicure when you take them off. Be patient because it will probably take multiple soakings over the course of an hour or two to get off.
Don't try to force the acrylic off. You will do real damage that will only be remedied when new growth comes. Apply any clear polish everyday after you manicure. Every third day remove and apply new polish. (07/30/2005)
By Fran Marie
Trust me, I am a Nail Technician and I constantly tell my clients about the MMA ingredient because I've seen HORRIBLY painful looking nails that have been ripped of the nail bed. So if you feel like you have this problem first, don't ever go back to where you got them done, second DON'T remove them yourself. Let a professional do it.
Otherwise, all the other ideas I've seen on this page should work just fine. Just remember you have to be gentle and patient. (08/29/2008)
Do not take them off yourself.
Do not let the technicians take them off with any cards or whatever they may use because that is how they get horribly damaged.
Do not get fill-ins because they are tacky
Get them professionally soaked off
Get them shaped and manicured and get a pedi for the heck of it (you might as well match)