Remove Fake Nails

by | Last updated Dec 8, 2018 | Beauty Tips | 0 comments

How to Remove Fake Nails?

Fake nails are a great way to veil natural nail problems such as disfigurements, chips, breaks and simultaneously enhance the appeal of your fingertips. But there may be instances where you’d want to remove fake nails sooner than anticipated, without taking an expensive trip to the salon. Removing fake nails at home is an easy task, but you have to maintain a fair bit of caution in order to prevent damage to your natural nails. The traditional way to remove fake nails at home is with a little bit of acetone, but there are many fashion buffs who wonder if it is possible to remove fake nails without acetone, and the answer is YES! Below we highlight two DIY methods to remove fake nails, one using acetone and the other acetone free.


Remove Fake Nails with Acetone

This is probably the best way to remove fake nails, and soaking your nails in acetone creates a small gap between the fake nail and natural nail. Adding to this, soaking your nails in acetone also prevents peeling of the top layer of your natural nails during the removal process. But acetone can also cause skin irritation and if this is something you’d like to avoid, then removing fake nails without acetone may be your best bet.

Things you need:

  • A generous portion of acetone nail polish remover
  • Moisturizer
  • Orangewood stick
  • Nail clippers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Orangewood sticks
  • Towel or rags
  • Nail file or nail buffer


Steps To Remove The Fake Nails

  • In the first step, simply trim your fake nails with the nail clippers to the same length as your natural nail bed. This will make it easier to remove fake nails and prevent damage as well.
  • Fill acetone remover in a bowl, just enough to cover your fingertips.
  • Next step is to cover the tips of your fingers with petroleum jelly to protect your skin from the acetone.
  • Soak your nails in the acetone for approximately 15-20 minutes. Make sure or try to just keep your nails submerged in the acetone rather than your entire fingertips.
  • You will start to notice your acetone disintegrate your fake nails and consequently make the top surface gummy.
  • Once the fake nail starts to dissolve away, you can use an orangewood stick to gently scrape the top surface off and continue to soak the nails if they are still stubborn. You can also use cuticle sticks instead of orangewood sticks to scrape the fake nail away. But whatever you do, make sure you do not scrape the surface of the underlying nail.
  • You can speed up the removal process by filing your nails, but this may cause damage so it is best to leave it in the acetone.
  • Now that you’ve removed your fake nails, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water to get rid of the acetone.
  • Finally, apply cuticle oil or a good moisturizer to help soothe your nails and keep them soft and smooth.


How to Remove Fake Nails without Acetone

The second method to remove fake nails is by using acetone free nail polish remover. For this method, you will require the same items as described in method 1, except you will need acetone free nail polish remover. Although removing fake nails without acetone will get the job done, it is not as effective as removing fake nails with acetone. Acetone is safe provided it is used appropriately. It tends to cause dry skin, greasy residue and sometimes irritation, but washing your hands thoroughly and using a good moisturizer will help ease or eliminate these aftereffects.


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