Removing Acrylic Nails

By pam 1

For 1 year, my fake nail has been over my own nail. The doctor said it will grow out, but it has been a year. It is nasty looking. My friend said go to another doctor and see about having my finger numbed around the area and cut cuticle and separate the fake nail and my own nail. The fake nail seems to be under cuticle. Help.

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By Pam from Hamilton, OH

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By Keeper 58 1,055 Flag

August 12, 2010

Pam, I had acrylic nails for a few years and was fortunate that no damage was done to my real nails. It takes awhile and patience but you soak and soak and soak some more in acetone. Good luck.

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By anne 13 149 Flag

August 13, 2010

You better go to a different doctor!

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By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

August 13, 2010

Go to the nail place and let them soak your nail in acetone. The nail will come off. They do it every day.

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By cdoss 13 112 Flag

August 16, 2010

Is it acrylic? If so, you just soak it in acetone nail polish remover and it will disolve. If it's not acrylic, please post more detail. Also, I can't understand how an artificail nail could still be under the cuticle after a year. When I had acrylic nails, I had to go get them filled in every 2 weeks because they would grow out.

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I would like to know what the best form is for taking off acrylic nails without causing any rips to my already grown nails.

Thank you.
Erica for Jersey

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RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

The only thing that will remove them is Nail Polish Remover (Acetone). While you are watching your favorite shows in the evening, soak your nails in nail polish remover for about 2 hours. The nails should come off easily. GOOD LUCK!! (03/17/2005)

By MA

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You can also visit the manicurist and have them professionally remove them! (03/17/2005)

By homeschoolin_mum

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Try mixing the nail polish remover with some hot water - hot as you can stand, yes it will get cold, but that intial hot causes the nails to lift off the real nail bed, then the remover actually breaks down the glue... I hope that helps you! Enjoy your weekend. (03/17/2005)

By mkneib86

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Soak them in a small bowl of acetone. Bought at any beauty supply store. OR take a cotton ball and soak it in the acetone then put it on your nail then wrap with aluminum foil. This only takes about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. (03/17/2005)

By sholzshu

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Even cheaper - go to a hardware store and get generic acetone. Works just as well as the nail remover stuff you get at "Sally's" but dirt cheap. I suggest doing this in a well ventilated area, preferably outside. Your nails will be weak afterwards so baby them and either do your own are get manicures on a regular basis after. (03/18/2005)

By mom2mcar

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Just remember that your nail itself have been sanded/filed away to get the acrylic nail glue to stick to the nail itself... so you will not get a smooth nail, it will be very thin and fragile and rough. I don't believe there is an easy transition with this. I had the salon smooth down the acrylic nail until my own grew out. Took about 2 months, Good Luck! (03/18/2005)

By Diamondee

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It takes a lot of soaking but fill two small bowls with acetone and let your fingers soak. This has worked for me in the past. Basically, what happens is the acetone melts the acrylic nails.

(09/30/2005)

By peggygv

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I'm a nail tech and I can say this much to you folks who've had bad experiences. * BREATHE *

1. Never ever tear or nip off the nails, especially yourself. I wouldn't even let a professional do it that way!

2. Trim down the nails with a clipper or file, before you soak get ready to soak them off.

3. Buff with a coarse grit file 180 or 80 to ware down the nails as best you can before soaking. Although take great caution and care. Files can burn/slice your skin if used improperly. Rub the edges of the file along another file to make sure they are not sharp. File only the acrylic, not your real nail plate! Or it will just cause more damage.

4. I personally just use one bowl. I pour 100% acetone no farther than your first knuckle in.

5. Wait 30 seconds and wipe with a paper towel the residue that has loosened. Repeat till the nails are down to your real nail.

6. Use a white buffer block to buff and smooth the nail. Do not over buff the natural nail. At the most until you see a slight tint of dust producted by the buffer.

7. Treat your nails with lotion, cuticle oil, or oils. At least three times a day. Rub it in well. Best time to add oil and lotion is at night before bed.

8. Remember the only person who can totally remove your nails in the safest way is a trusted licensed nail technician! If you cannot, these are some helpful tips!

9. Nail techs who completely damage your nail plate to put on tips are giving the rest of us great techs a bad name.

Thanks!

P.S. Damaged nails generally (with treatment of lotions and oils) will reproduce and strengthen within 1 - 2 months maximum. You will not have to completely regrow the nails to get them back into shape. Keep them moisturized is key! Remember that if you have major weakness, the only thing that will keep them from chipping, tearing and breaking is moisture! They need nourishment! It's really simple really! (11/17/2005)

By Netalia

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I soak my nails in straight Acetone. It takes a while but well worth it. While doing so, I place a paper towel over my hand to keep them warm. (the Acetone can become cold.) After they have been removed I buff them "gently" and wash my hands. I then rub Nexxus Humetrics on each nail. I let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse them (well) with warm water. I dry my hands and nails with a soft towel, and apply a mixture of olive oil and body lotion to each nail. I do this twice a week for three weeks. (Minus the buffing) I hope this works for you! (03/27/2006)

By Candice

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You should cut the acrylics down to where you can just see the tip of your real nail. that way they will be short and wont hurt as much. Then just let them come off naturally, it will be less painfull and you wont have to breathe acetone. (04/20/2006)

By Tara

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If you put pure acetone in a glass bowl then set it inside another bigger bowl or pan with the hottest water you can get (i boil mine). The hot water in the pan heats the acetone in the bowl and makes it take the nails off easier. Mine came off in half an hour. I buffed them afterwards and made them shiny again and put on a major amount of lotion. Acetone dries out your skin. It has worked for me time and time again. Its the best way I have found to do it and it leaves your grown out nails in good condition. (05/17/2006)

By Jennifer

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Just a warning to all of you using acetone, it is suspected to cause kidney and liver damage and is bad to inhale. Soaking your fingers in it for two hours is probably a bad idea. Clipping, filing, and letting them grow out is probably the healthiest way to remove them. (05/18/2006)

By Mel

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I learned this tip from my salon. It only takes 15-20 minutes top. It is so easy you won't have to stop getting them. Also, make sure you are using real acetone and not the non-acetone. This is a common mistake. Gather all materials first, this gets kind of messy.

Soak cotton balls in Acetone. Drain excess acetone then place over nail. Wrap the finger with cotton in aluminum foil. When each finger is done. Place hands in warm oven mitts. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then watch the nails fall off.

When I do this there is hardly any damage. I leave my nails off then for a week to let them recover and use good hand lotion and cuticle oil. (05/22/2006)

By Candis

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I would suggest that you try and grow them out, it will take about a month and a half to two months but that is how long it would take your nails to recover from removing them.

Decide on a length you can live with, soak your hands in warmish water, scrub your nails gently with a nail brush, push back your cuticles, dry your hands well. GENTLY buff the acrylic overlay to remove any lifting bits, try not to buff the natural nail much. Massage in some cuticle oil, give your hands a good massage with a body butter, then wipe each nail with an acetone free nail varnish remover , then paint with a clear base coat, apply the desired colour or a good quality top coat. Do this once a week, twice if you have the time. It takes a bit of effort but your hands look good all the time and your nails are not damaged in the process, in fact they can come out healthier in the end. It just takes time. (05/23/2006)

By Diane

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I get my nails done quite often. I usually start breaking the edges a little bit , then try sliding a thing but strong card under the nail moving it towards the other side, living the nail from you natural one. It may hurt a little but I find it much easier than ripping the acrylic ones off, and its cheap! (05/27/2006)

By Nat

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This is in response to a post by Candis, 22 May 2006.

Even though I also found directions similar to yours on the web I decided it was worth a try, but with very disappointing results.

I did my hands separately and started with my left. I left my acetone soaked cotton foil wrapped fingers under a cloth filled bag of rice, that I'd heated in the microwave, for no less than 30 minutes and found that the only nail to peel off easily was the one that I had mostly peeled away on my own.

The right hand I did the same thing EXCEPT after I peeled the little that would come off after the 1st half hour, I put the foil back on with more acetone soaked cotton and let them soak another 20 minutes.

The nails definitely DID NOT "fall off." I had to work at getting the nail and glue off and I still have residue glue that will have to be buffed off or grow out. AND this definitely was not a 15-20 minute easy fix. (05/29/2006)

By Red

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Well I just got acrylic nails for the first time about 2 weeks ago just to see what all the fuss was about and I will never get it done again. I researched various ways to remove them, acetone etc. but I decided to just lift them off slowly with a thin nail tool. I just started by separating my real nail from the acrylic one and slowly separating the rest of the nail by going around the edge of the nail. Of course there was some damage to my real nail but a quick file and buff, treatment oil and a coat of clear nail polish have made them remotely pretty and easy to maintain until they get stronger. (06/08/2006)

By Steph

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Well, I tried all of the tips listed - soaking in acetone for a long time, etc...only after much pain and effort, only 3 nails came off with some extra work - the others did not budge - so perhaps they used that type of acrylic they're not supposed to. So I painted all of my nails again, and will just wait it out till the others loosen (the 3 that came off had loosened at the bottom of the nail bed). This is the 2nd time I've had acrylic nails, and I don't really believe there is an "easy way" to remove them - and no way to not damage your nails. Mine are always tissue paper thin, and it usually takes a full YEAR for them to come back to normal. (06/11/2006)

By Diane

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Soak your nails in hot water or cheap real acetone from the hardware store for about 10 minutes, with a toothpick start carefelly separating your real nail from the fake nail at the tip of it, once you separate it a little bit, take a large piece of dental floss and wrap it around one finger and hold it with another finger and start wedging it slowly between the nail and fake nail, now keep working yourself down the nail. sounds complicated but its not and it works without tearing up your nails. you will be surprised how quick and easy it is. The nails will be very weak afterwards, cut them down short, file the tips to get rid of any jagged edges and put a great nail topper and put a new coat everyday. good luck. I do this every 3 months when I get a new set. (06/19/2006)

By lili

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If you soak the acrylic nails in acetone, they don't just 'pop off'. You have to soak them for at least an hour. The acetone dissolves the acrylic. So take your nails out every 15 minutes and lightly file down the top layer of acrylic that has been dissolved. After about an hour (maybe more, depends on how thick of a layer acrylic you have on), they should be completely free of acrylic. Yes, they will be thin, yes they will be weak, yes they will take 6 months to a year to return to their 'normal' state. The best advice I can give is to keep some kind of Gel Hardener on them. Remove every third day and then re-apply. It helps your nails to get strong a little faster. HTH. (06/26/2006)

By KDubb

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I got "tips" put on a couple of weeks ago. The only fake part is the green bit on the end of my nails. The rest is like some sort of clear fill. Not sure what its called. Any way, my nails are a mess. I tried removing the clear stuff from my thumb nail with Acetone free nail polish remover as my Step-Mom didn't have any with Acetone in it. Is seemed to be working but it was taking ages! Is there any "safe" way to remove them without using Acetone? My thumb nail is dry and I'm getting a weird pain up my arm. This sounds terribly dramatic but its true! Puh-lease help!!! (07/04/2006)

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I get fake nails every once and a while, and at my salon it only costs 5 dollars for take off. They soak the nails in acetone (its the ONLY way to get acrylics off ladies!), then they wedge a metal nail file in between the fake and real nails and "pop" them off. (Yes, it is painful but only last a split second per nail and they are professionals and can "pop" the nail off with one try. If you do this at home YOU WILL REGRET IT as it can take HOURS.) Then they use a mechanical buffer to smooth the real nail and then once all the acrylic is off, they file and add a coat of nail protectant and clear coat. ITS MUCH BETTER TO PAY 5 DOLLARS FOR TAKE OFF THAN TO DO IT YOURSELF. Trust me!!!! You won't regret those 5 bucks! (07/16/2006)

By Vanessa

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This sounds absurd but it works, I used to get fake nails a lot and it was horribly painful to pop them off, I never wanted to go to the place to get them taken off because they cut them off, soaked them and it just always hurt. I play guitar a lot which was a reason i wanted them off.

Go to a guitar supply store, tell them you want the thinest most flexible guitar pick they have. You can use the tiny thin flexible pick to gently pry up the nail, it never hurt me. I never had to soak them i just eased up the sides that were lifting and they popped right off. (07/26/2006)

By Meg

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I just want to say I tried the foil idea posted by Candis on 5/22/06. It worked WONDERFULLY. The acrylic came off so easily. There was a little bit of damage to my nails, but not nearly as bad as anything I've ever done before. I was amazed at how the acrylic just slid off. My suggestion is to do one hand at a time, though, because once it starts to dry (dries VERY quickly) you have to sorta resoak. After I got the acrylic off I just buffed my nails so they weren't ragged and went from there! (07/29/2006)

By Erin

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I just got acrylic nails for the first time and when it came to removing them I had some trouble. I tried just about everything suggested here and I only found two that really worked:

1. The trick listed earlier with foil... well i had to improvise some so here is what I did: I soaked pieces of paper towel in acetone nail polish and then wrapped that in foil. Then I wrapped up my hand (one at a time please) in a rag then in a heating pad and let it go for about 15 minutes. Then one finger at a time I removed the foil and peeled the nails off (they should turn into a gel if not put your hand back in) if I couldn't get all of the gel off just put your finger back in the foil/heating pad...

NOTE: this still damaged the real nails a fair amount but was a lot easier/less painful/less damaging then just pulling them off

2. Is the classic just soak them (one at a time) in acetone until they started to turn into a gel, then filing that off then repeating this process until all of the nail is off the doing it over on the next nail.

NOTE: This barely damaged that nail (the only damage was what was done by getting the nails put on) just make sure not to file your real nail much.

FINAL NOTE: No matter what you try after you get the nails off rub some lotion or oil over the nails and once that dries put some kind of strengthening coat of polish on (preferably one designed for use on nails that have just had acrylic nails removed)

I hope I've been helpful to anyone that needs it! (09/17/2006)

By Nikki

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I am looking for tips for how to remove acrylic nails.

Tamme

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Heat is the key for the acetone! (07/28/2007)

By a

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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

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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)

By T

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Seriously. Just get it professional done. It's $5. (08/31/2007)

By princess

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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)

By lucy

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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)

By Guest

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Hey I think you should just get them taken off by a professional. (11/09/2007)

By Erlande

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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)

By ms_reb

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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)

By amy

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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)

By Lisa

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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)

By Dee

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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)

By Kara

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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)

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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."

(02/04/2008)

By doviann

NEED to use acetone!

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.
(03/05/2008)

By minga

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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)

By natalie85

Archive: Removing Acrylic Nails


I got nails about two weeks ago. They are not the whole fake nail, they are acrylic pink and whites and were put on with a paint of some sorts? Well, I want them off NOW but I am worried as to how to remove them hopefully virtually painless.

I have heard use acetone, but also I heard that can be damaging to your skin and potentially burn you. What is the most effective and painless way to remove this type of nail? HELP!

Megan from Lansing, MI

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RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

My 12 yr old daugter did this and she plastered the glue stuff to it,
Geeze she came to me bauling her eyes out,
They hurt and she wanted them off,
I had no clue how to remove them,
Did a search and tried several things, but nothing worked, till finally I tried this and It worked!

Take a Cotton ball, Soak it in nail polish remover, Wrap the finger with it , then cover in tin foil, use your hair blower back and forth to heat it, do this anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 mins per nail. quickly remove the cotton ball and gentle lift the fake nail, Some nails required a second try, But it worked very easily, Can you believe a week after all this and she did it again! KIDS anyways, I got the things and threw them out after that. (03/20/2008)

By Chicklet

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Unfortunately, I found it was rather easy to get acrylics off, as long you apply some physics. Split the nail down the center, then push up against the sag curve. The nail will pop off easy as 1-2-3! (03/20/2008)

By Jessie.

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Did you have them put on professionally? I just wanted to ad that I'm not sure how to go about removing them, but... when they put them on they actually file your real nail. Needless to say (damaging them) so if you remove the nail it will be damaged to some degree. I would suggest just to cut them down and try to let them grow out. Just a thought. Ive had them done before and when ever they pop off your real nail is really weak and scratched up. Good luck. (03/20/2008)

By Linda

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I tried this once a while back, thought I wanted fake nails, bought them, put them on, husband hated them. So I just took a small bowl big enough to put my fingers in poured some fingernail polish enough to cover my fingers and put my four fingers in . All at the same time now mind you, waited a couple of minutes and there they went. Yes I could not wear the nails again, but then I didn't want to. (03/21/2008)

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It really depends on if you got them professionally done. The thing is that "popping them off" damages the skin more than acetone essentially will. I am a licensed nail tech and the best think i can say is either get them professionally removed at a salon, or soak in polish remover and gently buff off. Be sure not to over buff. (03/21/2008)

By Adriana

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I (b)hate(/b) acrylic nails. :) They are the most annoyingest things to put on and take off. They always get gunk & such stuck in them & are very annoying when working especially when you are typing. In fact i have them on right this minute and can not wait till tomorrow where i will be going back to the salon to get them removed. Good Bye and Good Riddence! (03/25/2008)

By Shelia

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I am a professional nail artist. Please go and get them taken off professionally. If you can pry them off, or pop them off you have had a dodgy job done, believe me I am forever fixing their work!

A GOOD artist will buff your natural nail minimally to adhere to acrylic, only way it will stay on. GOOD acrylic nails will RARELY lift. I can't emphasize this enough.

Anyone that hates these nails has had a BAD JOB done.It really irritates me! I live in Australia and we have no regulations, ANYONE can call themselves a nail artist. Now that is extremely DANGEROUS.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY essential you find a good professional. HOW? Look at everyones nails you know, if their is any lifting, even if they insist their nail girl is good, smile and DON'T GO THERE! (03/26/2008)

By bellamarie

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Do not go to any old nail place to get them taken off. When they rip them off with nippers they are ripping thousands of layers of the nail bed off causing permanent damage and potential loss of the whole nail. Soaking them in acetone is not the best for your cuticles but I have done it before and it is better than ripping them off or having a nail tech rip them off. (03/26/2008)

By Beth

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Get them SOAKED off by a professional! If she gets her clippers out before she soaks, WALK OUT! (03/30/2008)

By bellamarie

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I went to a pro to take my nails off because ever since I can remember I would bite them off. All they do is put acetone in a small glass bowl and put it on candle warmer while your nails soak for about 45mins - 1 hr. Then they dissolve by themselves and then they just buff it out and put a clear coat of polish. Not hard at all anyone can do it! (04/09/2008)

By D

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I've tried everything! It hurts so bad to try and get them off. Never will I get these things done ever again! =[[ (04/21/2008)

By R0BiN

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I just got fake nails for my first time and they need to come off really bad but I don't want it to hurt and I don't want to go to the salon HELP (04/22/2008)

By Olivia

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OMG I hate them. I just got done pulling all of them off. :{ It hurt like a @#$%. Don't get them pulled off by anyone but yourself. (04/24/2008)

By noughtynightmair

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I'm taking off acrylics right this second. IT HURTS SO BAD, but I also don't want to walk around with shabby looking nails and I don't want to pay for a fill-in when I can just take them off and get new dependable ones. I haven't tried the acetone thing yet, but I have heard of people who has and they burnt themselves. I don't want to be another victim to a acetone burn, so what do I do? I also don't want to invest anymore money in them to get them professionally removed. PLEASE HELP!(04/29/2008)

By Pr0bl3m ch1ld!

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How do I remove fake nails?

Bobbie

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From experience, one thing you do not want to do is pop them off or purposely crack the fake nails. In doing so, you worsen any damage that may have already taken place if the nails weren't applied properly. I learned to just allow them to grow out and keep them sanded, buffed, and cut low. Eventually, they'll come off on their own. Since the fake nails basically suffocate your natural nails, it will still take a while before they're healthy and strong again. Hope this helps. (05/12/2008)

By Nette

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I have had acrylic nails many times and have always popped or pried them off in the past. I do not recommend this, as it leaves your nail looking awful and damaged. This time around, I went to a professional, upscale salon who did a great job. There was no pain and my nails look great. Best fifty dollars I have spent. (05/23/2008)

By jj

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I have acrylic nails and I got them put on at Lucky Nails. I found out that hand sanitizer works, it has acetone in it that may remove fake nails. (06/01/2008)

By chic

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Just soak them (one at a time) in acetone until they start to turn into a gel. File them off, then repeat this process until all of the nail is off. Then do it over on the next nail.

This works. If you sit with your hand in the acetone for 5-10 minutes, wash your hands with soap, and then back in, you will not get burnt (06/06/2008)

By Maria

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Do not try and pry them off yourself, as this rarely works. Either soak your nails in acetone, or get them professionally removed. I tried popping mine off a week ago and they still hurt. Save yourself the trouble and the intense pain ;) (06/16/2008)

By Mon08Key

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The foil and nail polish remover heated with a hair dryer works perfectly, I just tried it. Then stick a bit of red nail polish over the top and it looks a beaut! Pain free and effortless. Cheers, Candis and Erin :)
(07/22/2008)

By katiee

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Try adding baby oil to acetone to soak! I actually took my acrylic nails off last night by using the soaking in acetone method. I was really dreading doing this because it dries your skin out so badly and sometimes burns. I was told to add baby oil to the acetone and it's a lot less harsh on your skin. It worked great! (07/22/2008)

By Joanna

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I just removed my nails, and it was really simple. All you've got to do is soak your hands in warm water for around 15 mins. Take them out, put some more hot water in a big bowl. Take a small bowl and put nail polish remover in it. You would soon see that the nails turn into a gluey sticky substance. After doing all this, just put on some cuticle oil and hand cream. I swear, it's really simple. (08/14/2008)

By nazi

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Using nail varnish remover doesn't burn like acetone, but contains acetone. Could take a long time, but you get your long natural nails in one piece and non-flaky. (08/20/2008)

By nicki

Removing Acrylic Nails

I tried a few of the suggestions and here's what I found. The foil wrap doesn't really work if they're real salon acrylics. I imagine they'd work for the department store stick-ons.

The best thing to do is to soak your fingers in water (as hot as you can stand, since it will cool down fast) for 15 minutes. Then put them into a dish filled with acetone nail polish remover (it will be more gentle on your skin than straight acetone and it still works). Remove for the first time after about two minutes and use a cuticle pusher to slide off the polish and top layer of acrylic. After that, soak for about 10 minutes and nails should start to come off. They will start to peel at the base (especially if you've let them grow out a bit) and on the sides. I used tweezers and cuticle clippers to slide up under them and start to peel them off. If it gets too hard don't try to pop them off, it will hurt. Just soak them for a minute or so longer and then go back to it.
Trust me it will work.

When they're all off, I recommend cutting your natural nails as short as possible and then buffing them to remove rough edges. Then keep lotion on your hands, and your cuticles won't dry out. (08/28/2008)

By Emily

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I took the advice of ms_reb posted 11/21. It was perfectly painless. Working with one hand at a time, soak your hand in hot water for about 15-20 minutes. Refresh hot water if it cools off. Then take the Kiss Artificial Nail Remover kit and add more acetone. After the hot water soak, soak your hands in the kit. Within 20 minutes all nails were off completely. No pulling, no scraping. I was left with a minimal amount of glue that buffed off, leaving my nails in fabulous shape. I did have the nails put on professionally, my nails were in good shape before, and I only had them on for 3 1/2 weeks. It was for a special occasion. I would have them done at this salon again. The entire experience was great. Thank you ms_reb, whoever you are. :) (08/31/2008)

By lt

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How do I remove acrylic nails?

Donna from Chester Co., PA

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I only have the the felt pad removers and I cut them up, taped them to each nail and in 30 minutes, my fake nails were gone. They were a little gooey and the under nail felt dry and weak so put lots of lotion on afterward.

Hannah (10/22/2008)

By jess_admin

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I just spent about an hour and a half trying to take mine off. I don't like the way they look filled in and it does a number on your nails and bacteria junk anyway. Read most of these and they didn't work for me. It was soak and pick. I tried the foil, the warm water, everything. I got most of them off, but my nails look awful. I would suggest growing them and cutting them so you have fresh new nails. (10/22/2008)

By ktj8125

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I had acrylic nails put on by a professional, and was told by all my friends that the best way to remove them was to have them soaked off. I read with interest many of the ways suggested here, and ultimately decided to have them also removed by a professional. She soaked cotton in 100% acetone, applied it to my nails and then wrapped each one with foil.


In about 20 minutes, after unwrapping each nail, the acrylic became very gooey and she simply but gently filed it off. I did notice some damage to my regular nails and for a day or two afterward, my fingertips burned slightly when I immersed them in hot water (as in doing dishes). But I believe this was probably the best way to have them done. (10/27/2008)

By Cindy

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I took off the nails by wrapping them in cotton soaked in acetone as suggested here. I spent a whole Sunday afternoon doing this, as you can only do one hand at a time. I can't say that the stuff turned to gel...it got softer and was easier to pick off, but it was an ordeal. I was trying not to spend too much money, but after doing what I did, I think I would suggest going to a salon and having it done if you have the money (someone said it's only $5...here they charge $25 to remove them).


I bought some polish at the beauty discount shop for "thin" nails...boy are they thin! I had my nails for almost 3 years. I am putting this polish on every other day to help keep them strong. As they grow, I end up cutting them off because they are so thin that they split/break easily. Judging by how much they have grown in 2 weeks, I guess it'll take about 3 months for them to completely grow out. What a process! I loved my acrylic nails and only took them off to help our budget a little. Hopefully, I'll get them back on in a few months, especially if my nails don't get stronger. (10/27/2008)

By dl1017

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

The way that I remove my acrylic nails is by pouring pure acetone in a glass bowl and putting my hands in the bowl for 10 - 15 minutes. And with a nail file, filling the acrylic nails off. (11/09/2008)

By Kay

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Yeah I did the same, I just took some acetone and I poured it into a bowl and I just soaked them for about an hour to an hour and a half, then just tore them off. I had to go to the nail salon again to get them to polish my nails and buff them so they weren't so rough. So that's what I would suggest. (11/11/2008)

By Zoey

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I wanted to let everyone who reads this, to know something, as a professional that I know. When using 85%-100% acetone you want to be careful (especially if you do it often). Acetone is great at taking lots of things off. You must know more if its a frequent occurrence that using it could be hurting you. Acetone will soak through the skin and enter the blood stream. Acetone isn't as toxic as you would think, but it will over time corrode your arteries and veins. One of our trucker's nephews died from only three years exposure. This is a very, very extreme case. But you do want to be cautious. The girl at the top who soaked them in a bowl for an hour, yeah, I would not suggest that at all. That is a bad idea! The rest of it sounds alright. The pro's use cotton swabs affixed to the top of the nail for a reason. Less exposure to the skin, means safer to use. (11/11/2008)

By Dustin

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

It seems that no matter which method you try, your nails will never be perfect after trying any of these home remedies. I'm not very high maintenance and basically "lazy" when it comes time to take these things off. I didn't feel like burning my finger tips with acetone or going through all the fuss with the foil, so I kept reading some of the other postings and the best one that suited me and the least expensive was the "hot water, toothpick and dental floss". I had all these things already and it took no time to do. Granted, yes, SOME of my nails were ripped and damaged afterward but I'd say seven out of ten weren't too bad!

Basically, soak each hand in hot water for 10-15 mins. Trim your nail as far down as you can go. Take a toothpick and gently lift the nail around the edges (without popping it off). Then take a strip of dental floss, slide it under the nail and pull. Voila! Done! After that, I just buffed them, filed them and stuck a bunch of clear nail hardener on them. Nothing to it. Good Luck. (11/13/2008)

By Tanya

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I have worn acrylic for over five years and how I keep my natural nail strong is to ask the nail tech to put a thin layer of acrylic, this minimizes the bonding of the acrylic to your real nail. I also change the acrylic nails every 6-8 weeks.


I buy 100% acetone from Walmart. Fill a large bowl with warm water and place a smaller bowl inside the warm water bowl, put enough acetone in smaller bowl to immerse the tips only. Before immersing your finger tips cut tips off and put a layer of petroleum jelly on your whole hand, but especially around tips. Immerse tips for about 15-20 minutes. Nails should soften and can be filed off or may just fall off. If you have a thick layer of acrylic it may take longer. After you have removed all the acrylic, gently buff any remaining acrylic and apply a layer of carmex (yes the lip balm) on each nail. This will help the nail heal. Apply 2 coats of Sally Hansen hard nails. I leave a weekend between new sets but if you are through with the acrylic phase this should get you back on track. (11/25/2008)

By Annie.

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Rubbing Alcohol. This is what I did, and it worked pretty well!
Soak each finger in rubbing alcohol for 5-10 minutes, and then take the finger(s) out of the rubbing alcohol and let dry. Do not dry off your hands, let the rubbing alcohol sit. After about 10 minutes of letting the hand, or fingers, sit. Slightly push something (I used the edge of flat tweezers) to lift the nail, from the tip ( at your cuticle ) and slightly pull up. The nail should come off, and if it doesn't, just re-soak the nail and try again. (12/04/2008)

By Mira-Carlen

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

You need 2 bowls. One needs to be able to fit in the other. In the bigger bowl put really hot water, but not too much, you don't want it to overflow the smaller bowl. Then in the smaller bowl, put acetone. Put the bowl of acetone in the bowl of hot water. This is how my nail salon does it. It is painless. (12/04/2008)

By Leslie

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How do I remove acrylic nails so I can have gel nails done? I'm getting ready to do a Brisa nail tech course and would like to redo my own nails with the gel. I've been wearing professionally done acrylic nails for the last year or so. I've tried the acetone but it doesn't work very well with professional acrylic nails. I know the best thing to do is to go to a professional to have them removed but with Christmas around the corner, funds are tight. Much thanks for any help.

Kelly

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I've tried a million different at home remedies and only two of them have really worked so there's no pain involved. The best of the two have been acetone (nail polish remover, and even hand sanitizer).

1.Get a bottle of acetone (nail polish remover, hand sanitizer) or pure acetone and soak your fingers in it, it can take about 10-20 minutes. Just give the nails a little wiggle to see if they feel even the least bit loose or anything to that nature. Then when you feel that you can, ever so gently peel them off from the cuticle up, it may seem easier to pull from the top but then some pieces of the acrylic nail can be left and that can be complicated to remove. A little to no damage will be done in the process.

If you have a little more time than that then you can soak for about 20-30 minutes and the acrylic should turn into gel and you will have no problem or pain getting them off and there will only be the damage to the nail that was done when getting the nails put on.

The other method I found to be helpful is rubbing alcohol.

2. The only other things that you will need are cotton balls and tape. Put enough rubbing alcohol in a bowl so that you can put your fingers in it and put a cotton ball over the nail, tape it down and soak for 15-20 minutes. Then just give it a little tug, pull, and wiggle and you should have little to no pain doing this. This has seemed to also work like a charm.

NOTE: You should definitely file the top of the nail "lightly" and then lotion up, preferably coco butter but if not, anything else will do. Then apply a coat of a strengthening nail polish. This should fix up a big majority of the damage done when you got them done.

I promise this works, and I hope that I've helped! (12/04/2008)

By Lo&lt;3

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

When I had mine removed they had me soaking in acetone for quite a while. This is the only way to get them off. They use 100% acetone. Hope this helps. Janette (12/19/2008)

By Ashleyb

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I took the advise about the hand sanitizer, it worked wonders. I had my nails put on last week and I really found them to get in the way. So they weren't loose when I was taking them off. I put hand sanitizer on the nail and took a flat flexible piece of plastic and went under and got them off. I put pressure and eventually each one popped off.

It was extremely easy, a little painful but truly not so bad and it was very fast like around 15 minutes to get all 10 off. But for the flexible surface I suggest an old beaten up metro card it works very well. (12/22/2008)

By Ennie

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I have a method I haven't seen mentioned here, but for me it works wonders. I simply get a pair of latex gloves and pour just a little acetone in them. Just enough so my fingers are immersed. I put on the gloves and put an elastic band at the rim to keep them in place.

In 20 minutes or so, the acrylic is soft enough to scrape off, and I use a cotton ball soaked in acetone to remove the stubborn bits. Then I soak my hand in mineral oil in another pair of gloves. When I do this I save time, because I can get stuff done, while I remove my nails, and treat them. Hope this helps.
(01/05/2009)

By Nicholle

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I have found the best way in removing Acrylic Nails is to get a big bowl, fill it with warm water, and then get another bowl (a bit smaller than the larger bowl, but make sure your whole hand can fit in the smaller bowl). Then place the smaller bowl in the larger bowl and pour in your 100% pure acetone in the smaller bowl and add a couple drops of cuticle oil in with your acetone.

Then place your hands in the small bowl, get a warm towel and tightly wrap it over the bowl and your hands so that you are keeping the heat in at all times. Take out after 10-15 minutes. Then buff and replace back in. After about an hour all your nails should be free of acrylic.

I know this works because I have been a nail technician for the past 5 years now. (01/08/2009)

By Cara

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I used the Kiss Remover. I started at 11pm and ended at 2:30am. It contains brush pad inside to soak and brush. I just soaked, but I was able to sit on bed and watch TV. Finally done and they look good! A thick layer - I will apply Strong Nails Now by Sally Hansen.(01/30/2009)

By Octavia in St. Louis

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I know you just asked how to remove the acrylic nails but I wanted to give you a little advice anyway. You can soak them in acetone based nail polish remover and gently remove them with an orangewood stick. As far as getting gel nails, they aren't as durable. Quite frankly, I strongly suggest getting your own nails in good shape and going for weekly manicures at the salon. Not only will it save you a ton of $$$ but it is far classier, cleaner, and won't destroy your nails. I am a licensed Cosmetologist and artificial nails can seriously destroy your nails and harbor tons of nasty bacteria. Just a thought! (02/10/2009)

By Leigh

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Start at the base where the fake nail starts to lift. Put in dental floss and floss under the nail as high as you can go without pain. Then, gently wedge a toothpick under the nail.

Put a few drops of acetone in the opening with an eyedropper (I rubbed some Vaseline around my nails to keep the acetone off my skin). Keep working the dental floss upward, and the nail will pop off. You might have to do this twice, depending upon how well the fake nail is adhered. I did notice that the more hand sanitizer I used at work, the looser the nails became (alcohol). It's so good to have my real nails back! (02/21/2009)

By Lisa

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I am a nail tech for both Gel and Acrylic Nails.

The very easiest way for you to remover acrylic nails is to soak them in acetone. The only way this will work is if you do not have a gel overly. Gel does not soak off. A lot of techs use a gel product as a top coat as it is a stronger option then regular top coat. So, if you want to remove your nails without the help of a technician, you need to know if you have a gel top coat. Once you have removed your nails, they will be dry so you need to use a cuticle oil or a cream designed for nails. Regular cream will not penetrate the nail to moisturize properly enough. Then apply a nail strengthener free from DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.

One thing to know is your natural nail should not be in bad shape after removal. A good nail tech can apply a set of nails and have them last without severely damaging your natural nail. When they file your natural nail prior to applying your enhancements, they should ONLY be buffing the shine off; not digging in or causing harm to the natural nail. This is one misconception many have about nail enhancements. Be sure to find out who is doing your nails, how long they have been doing them and that they are educated technicians. Anyway, that's my 2 cents. (03/10/2009)

By holland22

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How do I remove acrylic nails from my big toes? They were attached to my skin (because I previously lost the toenails).

By Thuyb1

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Hi,
You need to soak your toe(s) in nail polish remover. You need to warm it up to activate it, please be careful when doing this, especially in the microwave. It is very flammable! Let it soak, it should start to become gel like, and work it off with a file and clippers. Best of luck! Crystal NC (04/16/2009)

By CBLAISDELL

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Yikes! If you've glued it to your skin, try soaking your toe in nail polish remover. It may take a long time soaking, don't pull it off! And don't soak if your toe is not completely healed. (04/16/2009)

By ivorylov

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How do you remove acrylic nails?

By Ruthcarelli from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Professionally done takes longer, but you soak them in acetone. Be patient and I hope your real nails are not ruined. I got lucky and mine weren't damaged. (06/18/2009)

By keeper60

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Soak them in acetone. When I have removed mine in the past, I have rubbed them while in the acetone. I am not sure if it sped up the process, but it kept me from going crazy! (06/22/2009)

By jahummell

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I am a former Nail Tech and a District Manager for Sally Beauty Co. I can say without hesitation that the Nail Tek equivalent at Sally Beauty is virtually identical. I also recommend a product called "Gelous" for maintenance and strength once your nails are on the mend. And always moisturize with oils and creams. Good luck. (12/02/2009)

By Sallygal

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It's easy to soak finger tips in a bowl of acetone to remove artificial nails, but how do you do toenails? I don't want to soak my whole foot in the stuff.

By Sharon from St. Louis, MO

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FYI: you want to avoid acrylic nails on toes, you will run a very high risk of nail fungus and it is very difficult to cure, the meds for it can cause liver damage and don't always take care of it. (05/24/2010)

By yoder178

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

I just had an idea do not know if it will work or not. Seems like it will. I would soak some cotton balls in nail polish remover until nice and wet. Then I would put one on each toe and wrap aound with medical tape. I am not sure, but seems like that would work with out having to soak in a tub of it. I would wear sandals or something like that to catch any run off of the polish remover. Let me know if this works. (05/25/2010)

By cutepachef

RE: Removing Acrylic Nails

Apply petroleum jelly or Alba brand Un-Petroleum Jelly (if you're sensitive to petroleum based products like I am) to the skin on your toes and around the nail bed to prevent your skin from absorbing the acetone. Try soaking a cotton ball in acetone and using a strip of aluminum foil to hold it in place for 15-20 minutes. Once you take the cotton ball off, the acrylic will immediately start to harden, so gently remove the acrylic from one nail at a time, starting with one of your pinky toes. This gives the acetone a bit more time to work on your bigger toes.

If you do have issues with fungus on your toenails, rub a drop of pure sandalwood oil (it can be a bit spendy for the unadulterated stuff) to each affected nail twice a day until the nail color is normal. This can take a few months to work. This is a safe anti-fungal that does not have the negative effects on your liver that the drugs your doctor can prescribe do. (07/06/2010)

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