How to successfully remove nail extensions at homeAcrylics
There are a few different types of material and techniques that may have been used to build up your extensions. Each type requires a different removal method so it is best if you know exactly what you had done before beginning with the procedure. The most common materials are Acrylic, Hard Gel, Acyrgel, Dip Powder and Fiber Glass.
In this article you will learn how to remove Acrylic ( Liquid and Powder) Enhancements.
Acrylics are the most durable type of extensions, but they are not everlasting. Typically, if you visit your nail technician at least once a month you will get a re-balance rather than a full removal and a fresh set. If there is a time when you want to take a break and remove the acrylics, it is best to have them professionally removed. However, if you decide to remove the acrylics at home, it is enough to be super careful, get the right tools and to learn some small tricks.
You will need
- Nail file (100-150 grid, 240 grid, 2400 grid optional)
- Nail clippers
- Cuticle pusher (orange stick)
- Cotton pieces
- Kitchen foil
- 100% Acetone
- Cuticle oil
Step by step methodto remove Acrylic nails at home
- At the very beginning, use the nail clippers to clip the extensions as short as you want. (skip this step if your natural nails are the same length as the extensions and you would like to keep them long.
- Take the file (100-150 grid) and start filling the top of your nails very carefully. You only need to remove the bulk. DO NOT reach the natural nail. ( If you skip this step the soaking will take a lot longer)
- Nutrition. The acetone can dry your skin. Therefore, before proceeding, apply cuticle oil to the skin around your nails. This will serve as a good protective barrier.
- Cut the kitchen foil into 10 rectangles – approximately 6x10cm each.
- Make 10 cotton pieces, bigger than your nails.
- Soak the cotton with acetone. You have to make sure that the pieces are wet, not damp.
- Press each piece firmly onto the nail and wrap them in place with the foil. Squeeze them tight to ensure full contact between the acetone and acrylic. (do that for all 10 nails)
- Be very patient and wait for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove ONE of the foils to see the result. The acrylic should be soft and rubbery. (If it has not soften at all, this means the nail technician has used an MMA acrylic or another material – proceed to carefully hand filing)
- Try to remove the acrylic with the orange stick. If ready it should peel off easily. (Quick tip: if not completely ready you can file a bit of the softened acrylic and wrap again)
- When done with one nail, move on to the next. (never unwrap them at the same time as the acrylic will harden again)
- After removing the acrylic, gently use the 240 file to buff your nail and shape the free edge. If the nail appears pink/red or it hurts it means you are too rough and have overfilled your natural nail.
- If you want to bring some high shine, get a 2400 grid file and buff the nail.
- Be sure to moisturize again. Apply cuticle oil and rub it in gently.