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How to Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone, Nail Clippers or (Destroying Your Nail Bed)!

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How to Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone, Nail Clippers or (Destroying Your Nail Bed)!

Yes, it’s possible, to skip the drying, smelly alcohol finger bath typically used to remove your acrylic nails.

By following a quick, and chemical-free step-by-step process, you can rid your digits of the fake tips– and get a perfect 10 on the cheap.

Your Acrylic Nail Removal Toolkit

The biggest downside of wearing acrylic nails is the real damage you can do to your digits if you rip the falsies off incorrectly.

Here’s how to remove your fake nails without the use of acetone:

non-acetone nail removal toolkit

  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 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.

Why Shouldn’t I use Acetone to Remove My Acrylic Nails?

ways to remove acrylic nails without acetoneThere’s no denying that 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.

But, it is highly flammable, will dry out your natural nail bed, and must be used in a well-ventilated area.

Be aware that using a fan when using acetone as a remover does not improve ventilation, it simply circulates the air and the air bourne fumes.

You’ve just removed your acrylic nails, and your natural nails feel as thin as eggshells?

weak acrylic nails What can you do to strengthen them?

If the extensions were removed properly, using the techniques described above, the eggshell texture will be temporary.

To restore your natural nails, use a nail strengthener to help toughen them up.

The cuticle and nail oils in the strengthener will help to plump the layers of the natural nail that have been repeatedly dehydrated by the use of antiseptics before the nail technician applied the nail extensions to your natural nails.

Essential Do’s & Don’ts to Remove 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.
  • To thicken and harden nails, allow acrylic nails to grow out, and don’t wear them again until your own nails have regained strength. (Even then, wear them for a month at most, then give nails one week’s rest.)
  • Help nails restore their optimal health by stimulating cuticle area with a nightly olive-oil massage.
  • 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.
  • Remove your acrylic nails every three months to give your natural nails time to breathe.

If you need to give your acrylics a break, you don't have to rip them off with nippers, dip your digits in chemicals or use your teeth to break your natural nails free from those hard-to-remove, hardened tips. I've found a gentle way to remove your acrylic nails without acetone, that'll help you skip the salon and remove your acrylics on the cheap.

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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 ………..

  4. 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.

  5. 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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