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How to Remove Acrylic Nails Safely

Acrylic nails are a great way to have long beautiful nails. But you may not be able to keep your acrylic nails forever, and you will need to go back to your natural nails. When you first decide to go back to natural nails, you might be surprised at what you will find. First, realize your natural nails have thinned out under your acrylics. This is your body’s reaction to having the protection of acrylic nails over your natural nails. Hopefully, your nail tech didn’t thin out your natural nails before applying acrylics, as this will only damage your nails more. Your body will have sensed that your nails had a protective (acrylic) shield on them, and they will be thinner than they were naturally.

It is best to let your nail tech remove your acrylic nails, but if you would like, you can do this safely at home. In order to keep your natural nails healthy, you’ll need the following supplies before you start:

• 100% pure acetone (you may have to get some from your nail tech since many states have banned it from non-professional sales)
• Orangewood sticks
• A large glass or ceramic bowl
• Paper towels
• A heavy grit nail file
A fine nail buffer
• Cuticle oil
• Lotion

1. First remove any polish on your nails.

2. Next rough up your acrylic nails with the heavy grit nail file. Don’t be shy, really get them roughed up. This will give the acrylic a chance to soak into the acrylic and start dissolving it.

3. Now pour enough acetone into the bowl so that your fingertips are covered. The acetone will smell, so use a paper towel to cover the bowl while the soak in the acetone. Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area. Place your fingertips into the acetone and let them soak. It will take a long time for the acetone to break down the acrylic so get ready to settle in for a while. Sometimes depending on the thickness of the acrylic it can take a few hours to completely remove it.

4. As the acrylic starts to breakdown scrape it off gently with an orangewood stick. You can also use the heavy grit nail file to remove some of the acrylic as it dissolves, just be careful not to file your natural nails to prevent damage.

5. Once the acrylic has completely dissolved and is removed from your nails wash your hands and apply cuticle oil to your nails and massage it in. You will need to trim your nails down since they will be very thin and break if you don’t. Give yourself a relaxing hand massage with your favorite lotion and enjoy your natural nails once again.

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