Acrylic nails are the latest trend these days. Though you might have mastered placing them correctly over your natural nails, but peeling them off may be still a bit challenging for you. This is quandary even the salon professionals face at times. Here are two simple ways to remove fake nails among which you can choose the one that suits you the most.They are simple, inexpensive and work like a charm.
Method 1: Soaking Your Nails in Acetone
Things you need to collect for this method:
- Nail clipper
- Olive oil
- Nail polish remover
- Petroleum jelly
- Moisturizing lotion
- Orange-wood stick
- Nail buffer
- Nail file
- Glass bowl
- Clean towel
Steps to be Followed:
- Using a nail clipper trim down your acrylic nails as short as possible without cutting any of the nail bed. Short acrylic nails will make the further process easier and quicker.
- Now comes removing the top coat which is a layer of gel that imparts shine to fake nails. Using a good quality buffer file off the layer uniformly without focusing on a single spot only. This will help the acetone to work better.
- Take a small glass bowl and fill it partially with acetone nail polish remover. Since acetone is highly inflammable do not keep the bowl near any source of heat. Also, do not light anything near the bowl.
- Acetone is harsh over the skin and hence it is required to protect the skin near the nail beds. To offer protection, coat the skin around the nail bed with a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
- Now soak your nails into the bowl pre-filled with acetone. Keep your nails dip into the solution for 15-20 minutes until the glue that holds fake nails over natural nail beds starts coming off.
- When you observe the glue coming out, gently try to peel off acrylic nails using the other hand. In case you feel the nail is not coming out, dip your fingers again in the solution for some more minutes or use an Orangewood stick to scrape them off. Whatever you do, never try to remove fake nails forcefully as it will lead to some serious damage to the natural nail bed.
- When you are done with removing acrylics, wash off your hands thoroughly with water to remove acetone nail polish and petroleum jelly from the hands.
- If you see any leftover glue over the nails, run a nail buffer over them until they get smooth.
- Acetone causes the nails to get dry. To restore smoothness of your hands and nails, massage them with olive oil or moisturizing lotion. This will restore natural moisture that was lost during the process.
Method 2: Removing Nails with Dental Floss
Things you need to collect before starting the procedure are:
- 12 inches of dental floss
- Metal file
Steps to be Followed:
- Though this activity is quite simple, but you can’t do it yourself only. To remove fake nails through this method you need two more helping hands. However, this method is not recommended for those who have brittle nails.
- First of all, taking a metal nail file, pry up the bottom edge of fake nails with the tip of the nail file.
- Now allow your partner to wrap to slip the dental floss under the edge of the nail you have created in the step 1.
- Let your friend to pull the fake nail slowly and gently with the help of the dental floss. Keep moving the dental floss in a sawing motion until the acrylic nail can be removed from natural nail completely.
- Using a buffer clean your nails, and apply a moisturizer to restore nature smoothness.
- Now, knowing you can easily take fake nails off, you can indulge in sporting trendy stickers that match your ensemble!