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
- 4-sided nail buffer
- Course grit file
- Cuticle oil
- Soap and water
- Base coat nail polish
- Favorite nail polish colors
- Hand cream
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:
- Remove any nail polish from the nails. The nails should then be clipped as far as possible using an acrylic nail clipper.
- File your nails down using a buffer with four sides.
- 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.
- Before the overlay gets too thin, switch to a fine grit file to remove more of the acrylic residue.
- Buff your nails to restore shine.
- Apply cuticle oil to your nails.
- Wash the oil off your nail bed with soap and water.
- Polish your nails with a base coat and two coats of your favorite nail polish.
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?
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?
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.