For my birthday, I decided to show off and get acrylic tips. It sounded like a good idea at the time and, honestly, I don’t regret it. I had a look in mind and because I usually keep my nails super short, I needed a boost to achieve it.
I had the false nails on for about 17 days. They started to grow out a bit and I was getting tired of being hindered by them. I called around to several nail salons in my area and each one was charging $10 to remove them for me. I wasn’t feeling that at all. It only cost me $13 more than that to put them on. I wasn’t spending anymore money on these false nails. So… I took the time out to do some research on how I can remove them, myself, safely and without further ruining my nail bed. Here’s what worked for me.
Remove any nail polish that is on the nail. While this isn’t 100% necessary, I didn’t want a messy workspace and neither do you; especially if you’re working with a bold color like red or even black.
Cut the false nails as low as you can without cutting off your own nail. Because my nails were short before I put the tips on, I clipped off all the excess false nails to make the soaking time easier.
Coat any skin that will come in contact with the acetone with petroleum jelly, especially around your cuticle. I used pure acetone and that can be harsh and dying to your skin. If you protect your skin with the petroleum jelly, that will act as a barrier for you.
I used a glass ramekin that I wasn’t afraid to ruin and filled it up with about 2oz of acetone and stuck my first hand in for a good soaking. Luckily, I was watching a movie to distract me (Life of a King; great movie) so I didn’t notice the first 20 minutes that went by while I had my fingers soaking. After about 20 minutes, I used the little filer that comes attached to a nail clipper to scrape off the melted acrylic. I continued to soak and scrape until I got 99% of the acrylic off of my nails. This took about 50-60 minutes to do one hand. Yes, time consuming, but remember you saved $10!
After getting most or all of the acrylic off of ever nail, I used a buffer to get the rest off, file my nails to my liking and voilà! Here’s what they looked like afterward:
After filing and clipping what was necessary, I washed and moisturized my hands and cuticles and went on about my night. If you’d like, you can add a layer of clear nail polish to give them some luster but I wanted my nails to breath since they were under acrylic for so long. I ended up cutting a bit shorter than what is pictured because they were a bit thin and weak, which was to be expected. I will continue to doctor them up as they grow out and be on the way to healthy natural nails again.
Do any of you wear acrylic tips? I used to slide a thin card under the acrylic and pry them off but that was so damaging. I’m glad I found a new way to remove my nails without completely butchering them.