Years ago I had the artificial nails because mine were so thin and broke so easily. Little did I know that when I tried to have them moved professionally that they would be so difficult to get off. After soaking for a long time, when they took them off, my own nails were bleeding under the nail. It was extremely painful. Never again will I have artifcial nails. It is not the style now anyway to have them long.
If you really can't buy a small bottle of (nail polish remover for under 2 bucks) then the next best thing is to use a nail file, and slowly and carefully keep filing the nail till it's as thin as paper, and then it will peel off easily. That's sort of the hard way to do it, but it will work. Nail polish remover makes the artificial nail gummy after you soak it awhile, and that works the fastest.
You can use nail polish remover containing acetone, you do have to let the fake nails soak in it for awhile. Nail polish remover isn't that high priced if you go to a discount store or grocery store. However, if it hurts you probably have an infection of some kind and should probably go to a doctor. I have had artificial nails many times for extended periods of time and never had any pain from them. I also removed them myself, by using acetone containing nail polish remover.
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