Here’s some great news… you don’t need to head back to the salon to remove acrylic nails! Why is this good? We all have busy lifestyles and can’t all book an immediate appointment once the nails ‘expire’. And when you want a new set, you can simply book your next appointment for that without worrying about removal.
I’m going to share with you my top tips for removal at home. Most of the items you may already have lying about, but it might be investing in the ‘kit’ if you frequently have acrylic nails added.
You will need:
- Acetone/nail vanish remover
- Two glass bowls
- Orange wood stick
- Flannel/lint-free pads
- Nail buffer
- Nail file
- Cuticle oil
- Strengthener (OPI Nail Envy is my favourite)
- An old towel
- Lay the old towel down to protect the table/surface you’ll be working on.
- Pour the acetone equally between the two bowls, deep enough to cover your fingertips.
- File down the surface of the acrylic nails to break the seal on them, which will allow the acetone to penetrate.
- Place one hand in each bowl, only covering the fingertips in the liquid. This will avoid drying out the skin too much. Leave them in the bowl for 20-30 minutes (might be a good time to have a wine/cocktail with a straw next to you with Friends on in the background!).
- You will know the acetone is taking effect when the acrylic begins to soften and becomes gummy or jelly-like. At this point, use a lint-free pad or flannel soaked in acetone to remove the softened layer. Place fingertips back in the bowls.
- Repeat step 5 until there is no acrylic left on the nail. You may need to use an orange wood stick to encourage the last little bits off.
- Wash your hands thoroughly using a moisturising soap. The nail can now be buffed, filed and shaped before applying the nail strengthener. Once this has dried, apply a moisturising hand cream such as OPI Avojuice.
You’re now ready to book your next nail appointment!