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Remove Fake Acrylic Nails Without Acetone or Chemicals

how to remove fake nails without acetone or chemicalsHow to Remove Fake Nails without Chemicals

Many times, people who prefer acrylic nails over their natural nails face some problems when it comes to removing the nails.

It is important to be aware of the correct way to remove the acrylic nails; otherwise, there is a possibility that one may severely damage his real nails.

A very popular, cheap and easy way of removing the acrylic nails is to use acetone.

Acetone works well because it is a good solvent.

However, it is highly flammable and must be used in a well-ventilated area. If you don’t have acetone and don’t want to come in contact with its the harsh fumes and odors, you can remove the acrylic without by buffing the nails.

Your Acrylic Nail Removal Toolkit

remove acrylic fake nails acetoneHere’s how to remove your fake nails without the use of chemicals:

  1. Remove any nail polish from the nails. The nails should then be clipped as far as possible using an acrylic nail clipper.
  2. File your nails down using a buffer with four sides.
  3. Using a coarse grit file, remove some of the hardened acrylic coatings. Typically, the higher the coarse grit number, the smoother the file. Coarse files (80 to 150 grit) are best for acrylic nail removals extensions. Here’s the #1 Professional Coarse Grit Nail File that is a Best-seller on Amazon.com, that is inexpensive for 10 files, that I used to remove my acrylic nails.
  4. Before the overlay gets too thin, switch to a fine grit file to remove more of the acrylic residue.
  5. Buff your nails to restore shine.
  6. Apply cuticle oil to your nails.
  7. Wash the oil off your nail bed with soap and water.
  8. Polish your nails with a base coat and two coats of your favorite nail polish.best nail file to remove acrylicis

Once you have removed your fake nails, massage the hand with a good hand cream to restore moisture to your dry nail beds.

Essential Do’s & Don’ts for Removing Acrylic Nails without Acetone

  • Removing artificial nails by buffing can be time-consuming, and if done improperly or excessively, can cause severe damage to the nail plate. But buffing the nails, it is the safest way to remove your nails without any exposure to harsh chemicals.
  • Do not pry off nails with acrylic nippers, as this will damage the natural nail plate.
  • Nail plates may appear to be thinner after you’ve removed the acrylic nails. Thin nail plates are the result of removing the acrylics because there is more moisture in the natural nail plate, which makes them more flexible. It is not an indication that the nail enhancement has weakened the nail plates.
  • Solvents, such as acetone and nail varnish removers, can remove natural oils and water and can be the cause of dryness if overused.

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  • Lisa
    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I was looking for a tutorial to get rid of my acrylic nails without using harsh chemicals. I usually have to pay 35 dollars at the nail salon to take off my fake nails. Thanks for the tips.

  • Eliza Ryland
    May 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. These are good tips for those that do not have or do not want to use acetone!

  • aniyah
    Oct 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    well well well, it does work after all sorry for my other opinion.

  • Nyla
    Jan 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    What if u a kid and u don’t got that stuff at home like come on now .i had these nails on for the longest and they mad ugly ………..

  • nicky
    May 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    When you get acrylics put on, they file your nail plate and add some sort of chemical to bond acrylic to nail plate. If you just pry off the acrylic instead of soaking, you are also prying off a layer of your natural nail plate so I would not recommend this method. I know, acetone is bad too. There really is no “none damaging” way to remove acrylics.

  • Polish Perfect
    May 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Yeah, I agree. There is no win-win situation with acrylics, but we love them anyway :) One tip, though. Do not use force when trying to remove acrylic nail. Be patient. It takes long but it’s better than ruining your natural nails.

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