Removing false nails aka acrylic nails can be a very tricky process. You need to be super careful and gentle so as not to damage your nails. Be warned that trying to remove the nail extension from your nails can cause damage. You should try to grow it out as much as possible and only attempt to remove it as a last resort. The best course it to go to the salon and get it removed by a professional. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, i.e how to remove acrylic nails at home easily, then this DIY tutorial will help you out.


Things You’ll Need

  • Nail Cutter
  • Acetone Nail Polish Remover
  • Buffer
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Olive Oil
  • Hand Cream
  • Glass Bowl
  • Hand Towel
  • Tweezer

The first step is to cut the acrylic nails as much as you can without hurting your nails. This will help in getting rid of as much as the acrylic nail as you can before starting the soaking process.

The next step is to cover your cuticle and the skin around it with petroleum jelly. Be liberal with it as the petroleum jelly will help protect your skin against the harsh nail polish remover.

Pour the acetone nail polish remover into the glass bowl and dip your fingers into it, making sure your nails are immersed in it. Let your nails soak in the remover for twenty minutes.

After twenty minutes, check to see if the acrylic nails have turned mushy and glue that holds them to your nails loosened up enough for you to gently remove it with a tweezer. If there is resistance, refrain from forcing the nail and simply dip it in the solution for a further five to ten minutes and try again. Forcing your nails can do some serious damage to it. So always be patient and gentle while dealing with your acrylic nails.

Once you’re done removing the acrylic nails, wash your hands thoroughly and pat them dry. If there is any residue glue sticking on your nails, gently buff them off. Massage olive oil onto your nails and cuticles and then apply hand cream on your hand. The acetone can be pretty harsh on your skin, so make sure you give TLC to your hands and nails the next few days.

Your nails are likely to feel rough and brittle for a week or so, so keep them moisturized with olive oil and refrain from painting them. Let your nails breathe and gain back their strength before you put on nail polish.

Although many women use the above mentioned method to remove acrylic nails, it is any day better to go to a professional to get them removed. But removing the acrylic nails can cost almost as much as it costs to get them done in the first place, which is why most women prefer to do it at home. If you are not keen on shelling out money to get your acrylic nails removed, then be very careful while doing this method. Yes twenty minutes of soaking is a long time but it is very crucial to soften up the acrylic nails and make them easy to remove.