How to Remove Acrylics at Home Without Damaging Your Nails

December 17, 2019
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
How to Remove Acrylics at Home Without Damaging Your Nails

It’s a sad day when your once beautiful acrylic nail set begins to chip, crack, or grow out and lose its initial allure. Instead of falling victim to an undone manicure, take matters into your own hands and try removing your acrylics at home. Before you look at us sideways, we’re here to reassure you that, yes, this is possible and it’s surprisingly not hard. Ahead, we tapped Gina Alcedo, celebrity manicurist and founder of Nailvana L.A, to tell us the safest way to remove acrylics at home without damaging your nails. 

What You Need to Remove Acrylic Nails

First things first, you’re going to need 100% pure acetone, a big glass bowl and a cuticle pusher, like an orangewood stick, to help you get the job done. Pure acetone is a very harsh chemical that can ruin many surfaces, so once you’ve gathered your tools, be sure to properly cover the area where you’re going to be removing your acrylics. Alcedo recommends putting down a plastic bag with a thick towel over your workstation to be safe from any mishaps. 

How Do You Remove Acrylics at Home?

To remove your acrylics, you’re going to want to pour enough acetone into a glass bowl to cover both hands. Next, Alcedo says to soak both hands for ten minutes. After the ten minutes are up, carefully remove your hands and begin to gently scrape the acrylic with the cuticle pusher. At this point, you’ll find that part of the acrylic will start to lift from your natural nail. Alcedo then says to repeat this process in ten-minute increments until you have completely scrapped off the acrylic from your nail bed. “The worst mistake is when people get impatient and just yank the acrylic off,” she says. This process isn’t a hard one but it does require quite a bit of time. So put on your favorite TV series, take your time, and whatever you do, don’t scrape too hard or yank off the acrylic. These are the top two culprits to weak and flimsy nails post-removal, as it takes off layers of your natural nails.

How Should You Care for Your Nails After Taking Off Your Acrylics?

After removing your acrylics, it’s likely that your nails will feel worn out after. Alcedo says the best way to care for your natural nails post-acrylic removal is by cutting them down to avoid inevitable tearing and breaking, and then applying a nail hardener every day, like the Essie Treat Love & Color Gloss Fit. Other tips she recommends are eating calcium-rich foods and moisturizing, moisturizing, moisturizing with cuticle oil, like the Above Sunset Cuticle Oil from her brand. 




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