False nails look great but are a bit difficult to remove if you’ve never done them before. You can go to a salon to remove the nail glue or try making your own at home. If you want to remove fake nails, you can file gently to remove the glue after soaking in soapy water. The next step is to remove any remaining glue with a nail polish stick and acetone. With acrylic nails, you only need to use acetone to remove the fake nail and file away any remaining glue, and soon you will be left with strong, natural nails. Below is a guide for you How to take off fake nails from the nail salon?
Remove fake nails without using acetone
- Soak nails in hot soapy water for 15 minutes. Pour warm water into a bowl or basin with some mild hand soap. Soak your hands in a bowl or basin so that the artificial nail is completely submerged in water, and soak for about 15 minutes.
- The soap and water will soak into the nail glue and soften it, making it easier to remove.
- You can also soak your nails with a little bit of pure acetone to soften the glue, but be aware that acetone is much stronger than soapy water when used on skin, nails, and cuticles.
- Another way to soften nail glue is to put a few drops of cuticle oil on each false nail and let it soak for a few seconds.
- Gently tap the fake nail when the glue has softened. Find where the nail has begun to peel and gently pick it up. If you can’t find a place to come off, carefully use the tip of your nail file to scrape the edges of the false nail off.
- Don’t try to tug if the nail doesn’t come off easily. If necessary, soak your nails in soapy water for a few more minutes to soften the glue a little more.
- Carefully use a nail sharpener to file the glue. Once the false nail has come off, and the real nail has dried, use the “polished” side of the nail file to remove the glue. When most or all of the glue has been removed, rinse the powder off the nail with water.
- If desired, you can then use the “shiny” side of the nail file to polish your nails even more.
- Remove remaining glue with acetone. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and rub it over each nail to remove any remaining glue stains. Wash hands with soap and water to remove acetone and any glue residue on hands and nails.
- If your nails seem dry after the acetone wash, you can apply a little moisturizer or cuticle oil.
Remove false nails with acetone solution
- Cut fake nails as short as possible. Acrylic nails are made from a material that attaches directly to the natural nail instead of using glue. Use nail clippers or nail clippers to shorten the fake nails without cutting the real nails. This step will make removing the remaining nail faster, as less material needs to be dissolved.
- Avoid cutting down the nail bed to avoid pain.
- This step works for dipping powder nails and acrylic nails
- File the glossy surface of the false nail. If the acrylic nail is still attached to the real nail, use a nail file to file away the shiny surface of the fake nail. Rub the nail file back and forth over the nail’s surface until the glossy surface is gone and only the matte surface remains. Try to file each nail evenly. This step will make the nail removal process faster and more efficient.
- If you see the real nail exposed under the fake nail, stop filing in that spot. If you continue to file, you may damage your real nail.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the dust. Microfiber cloths are an inexpensive and effective option, but you can use any clean cloth. Wipe the dust off the nail to help the acetone soak into the remaining acrylic.
- Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to the skin around the nail. This step will help protect the skin when using acetone. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline cream to the nail bed and the area under and around the nail.
- If you have dry or sensitive skin, you should apply more cream.
- Wrap acetone-soaked cotton balls in each finger of one hand. If the acetone is in a dropper, gently squeeze a cotton pad. If the acetone is in a regular bottle, you will have to pour it into a small disposable bowl and dip the cotton pad in the bowl. Place a cotton pad on each nail.
- If you don’t have cotton balls, you can use regular cotton balls.
- Buy acetone and cotton balls at the drugstore or supermarket. You should choose an acetone-based nail polish remover specifically made for sensitive skin if you have sensitive skin.
- Gases released from acetone can be toxic, so you must choose a well-ventilated area when using acetone.
- Wrap a piece of foil around each nail and cotton ball. Tear off a piece of foil about 2.5 cm x 5 cm in size. Place the cotton pad in place and wrap the foil around the nail.
- The foil will help keep it warm and moist so that the acetone doesn’t evaporate before the glue has time to soften. This step will help speed up the nail removal process.
- Repeat this process for all the nails on the one hand, then switch to the other. If you find it challenging to work with your other hand because your hand is wrapped in foil, you should ask someone to help you or wait until the foil and cotton ball are removed before switching to the other hand.
- Remove foil and cotton balls after 20 minutes. Set a timer for 20 minutes and wait for the acetone to take effect. Remove the foil around the nail and remove the cotton ball. You will see that the glue has dissolved, and the false nail has softened.
- If the first nail is still glued or the false nails are still attached, leave the foil and cotton ball for 15 minutes.
- Be careful not to place a used acetone cotton pad on a wooden or plastic table, as the chemicals will damage the countertop.
- Wipe the softened artificial nail with a cloth. Use a clean cloth to wipe the dissolved fake nail. Press down on the towel while wiping, but remember to stop when the natural nail starts to hurt.
- Wrap a cotton ball soaked in acetone and foil if the false nail does not come off easily.
- Use a nail file to polish away any remaining glue or paint. You don’t need to file the entire nail. Instead, focus on areas where the glue is still stuck. Do your best to avoid pressing too hard to avoid filing into the real nail.
- You can buy nail files at the drugstore. Note that some stores call this tool a nail polish stick.
Nail care after removing the glue
- Wash hands with warm soapy water. Acetone will dry out the skin if left on, so wash it off with warm water and natural soap. Natural soaps will leave natural oils on the skin.
- Use regular soap if you don’t have natural soap.
- Apply natural lotion to your hands and nails. The process of removing nail glue often dries out the skin of your hands. Apply plenty of natural oils to your nails, hands, and cuticles to restore natural moisture.
- Almond oil and olive oil are great natural moisturizers. You can buy these oils at a natural health and beauty store or at a drugstore.
- Give your nails time to “breathe” between manicures. If you often use artificial nails, you should sometimes let your natural nails “rest”. After removing the false nails, you should spend a few days or a week without nail polish to allow the real nail to recover before painting or applying a new artificial nail.
- After every 8 weeks of manicure, you should take a week off nail polish.
- Next time you should consider applying glue-free false nails to see if this works for you instead of removing nail polish.
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