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How do I get my acrylic nails off at home?

Is there a relatively non painful way to remove acrylic nails at home, so I don't have to pay a salon to do so?

I have to take them off for work :(

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Asked by willngingersmom at 5:58 PM on Jun. 24, 2011 in Beauty & Style

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Answers (11)
  • Soak in nail polish remover

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:00 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Soak them in an acetone based polish remover for a good while, then start trying to cut them loose. soak as needed.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:00 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Hello, hairstylist here, get 100% pure acetone and put it in a GLASS bowl, not plastic, it will melt through it,, soak until they come off about 45 minutes, and then make sure you have a good lotion and cuticle oil to put on after,, don't tug or scrape them , they will melt off eventually!

    Answer by kimigogo at 6:01 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Really!? That easy! Thanks, I'll get on it :)

    Comment by willngingersmom (original poster) at 6:02 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • It's not easy. LOL. Very time consuming.

    Answer by zoomomto3 at 6:05 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Depending on what length you have ... cut back to real nails, soak in acetone based polish remover. Wipe with a paper towel ... this is a repeat process ... soak, wipe, soak, wipe ... well you get the idea ... until the nails are gone. Do not pull/pry/force them off. This is bad for the natural nails.

    Follow up with a good buffing of the natural nails.

    Let your natural nails "air out" before putting on polish <--- this is just my personal preference.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 6:05 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • acetone nail polish remover

    Answer by tspillane at 6:06 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • i agree with everyone here acetone nail polish remover is the best kind to use just don't plan on doing anything for a while

    Answer by amberpaiz at 6:11 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • In my cosmetology classes, my instructor has us soak cotton pads in pure acetone, place on the nails, wrap nails in foil, and let soak for 10-15 minutes. Then use a pusher and slide the nail off starting from the cuticle area. This method took mine off with no pain and little damage to my natural nail. Make sure u use some cuticle oil and a nail hardener. This also takes off Shellac nails. I Love Shellac! It looks like acrylics but doesnt harm your natural nails at all.

    Answer by sparkles1986315 at 6:25 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • cotton ball pure acetone and foil: leave on for 30 mintues then take off file off what is left and any tip left on repeat steps for another 30 mintues.


    Answer by LoriAnn87 at 8:15 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

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