Most women would naturally prefer long and shapely nails. However, if one cannot grow them owing to the brittleness of nails or the busy daily chores, it is always possible to get artificial extensions in beauty salons. These artificial extensions look much smoother and come in a variety of designs. These can also be trimmed and shaped to give the exact preferred look. Although there are a number of options for artificial extensions, so far, acrylic nails have been the most popular. These are basically made of acrylic nail powder and an acrylic monomer. Although the application process is very complex and can only be done with professional help, the removal process is very simple. With the right kits, you can very well remove the acrylic nails right at home.
Materials required for removing acrylic nails
- Petroleum jelly
- Olive oil
- Hand moisturizer
- Nail cream
- A glass bowl
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Paper napkins or a plastic sheet
Method for removal
- Choose a steady and stationary platform like a wide desk where you can place your kits and work freely without getting cramped. You may choose a kitchen counter or a wide table for this.
- Cover the area you are working on with the plastic sheets so that the surface does not get damaged with acetone.
- Use the nail clippers to neatly trim your nails as short as possible. Then you may use a filer to rub away any remaining gel or top coat on the acrylic layer.
- Carefully pour some acetone into the glass bowl.
- Apply petroleum jelly to your hands and fingers, leaving the nails. This will prevent skin dryness from the use of acetone.
- Dip your fingers into the acetone and keep them soaked for 15 to 20 minutes. The acetone works by loosening the grip of glue used to fix the acrylic nails. You should, therefore, make sure that the nails are completely submerged and properly soaked.
- When the nails have been soaked for around 20 minutes, the acrylic layer should gently peel off. If they are still stuck firmly, you may have to soak them for another 10 minutes. Do not try to use force or you may end up injuring yourself.
- After the nails have been taken off, remove any traces of glue by filing away with a nail buffer. However, remember not to put too much to pressure or it may cause damage to your natural nails.
- After this last step is complete, thoroughly wash your hands using warm water or a mild soap if required. There should be no traces of acetone or petroleum jelly left on your fingers.
- Dry your hands and fingers using an absorbent towel and slather generous amounts of olive oil or a hand moisturizer. You can use nail creams separately for the nails. This should restore the moisture back into your hands and nails.
Although this is the most widely used method for removing acrylic nails at home, do not hesitate to pay a visit to the salon in the case of any inconveniences.