Thursday, 11 April 2013

Removing Acrylic Nails At Home (2 ways)

Hello again ladies, in today's post I wanted to talk to you all about removing your acrylic nails at home; now if you wear acrylic nails on the regular or you're a newbie, when your nails grow out they are very unattractive so taking them off is a MUST, but if you don't have the time to run down to the nail shop, I have two removal methods that are really simple and you can do either in the comfort of your own home.

These are the implements that you will need for either method

Buffing Block
Cuticle Oil
Large Nail Clip

Before starting either of these methods, be sure to first remove most or all of your nail polish and trim down your acrylic nails using the nail clipper.

Method One: Warm Water Soak Off 


Here's what you'll need for this method

Acetone (I put mine in this Clinique pump bottle for easy usage)
Small bowl
Ziplock Bag
Warm Water

Simply fill the small bowl with the warm water and place the acetone in the Ziplock bag. Place your hand in the Ziploc bag making sure your nails are full submerged in the acetone and place the bag in the warm water. The warmth from the water speeds up the process and in about 15 minutes or so the acrylic should have melted off of your natural nails.

Method 2: Foil Soak Off


For this method you'll only need the following

Loose cotton or cotton balls
Acetone (not pictured here)

Simply saturate the cotton with the acetone and place directly on the nail, then take the foil and wrap around your finger to secure the cotton, and that's pretty much it! :) Just sit back and wait for 20 minutes then remove everything after, your fingers should emerge sans acrylic.

After removing the acrylic, use the buffing block to shape and remove any residue left on your nails. Then follow up with your cuticle oil to moisturize your nails as acetone can be very drying. Afterwards you can even opt to apply a nail hardener because your nails might be a little brittle after going through this entire process.

Hope this helped, and if you have a different removal method let me know.


  1. Hey Debbie & Shannon :-) You two are so beautiful can I just say!!! So glad I found your blog, I'm addicted.

    As a frequent acrylic nail girl, I know how horrible it is when your nails start to grow out (ugh) and even worse, when your nails get stuck in your hair!!!!!!!! Have you ever experienced this?

    This post is SO helpful, I'll definitely be trying the first easy method once my nails are looking grim.

    Thank you so much,
    Lots of love xxxxx

    1. Thank you Jade! glad it helped, and yes I've experienced the snagging that you're talking

  2. lovely blog :)

    check out my blog & follow if you like :)


  3. Very useful post, thanks!

  4. Love your style!!!
    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

  5. I need to try this!! Thank you :) New follower. I love your blog you have the cutest style. ;)

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  6. This is so helpful you don't even understand! Thank you so much for sharing, you've saved my natural nails! xx

  7. You know I tried the soak off method recently but I did it by placing the actone in a bowl and covering my hand with a towel the way same way they do it in the salon sometimes. Anyway, most of it game off but not all so my nails ain't looking great right now. I'm going to try again.

  8. What a great blog you girls have!! It has a little something every woman can use ;)

  9. Nice design on ur nails

  10. great tips :) you have a nice blog dear! mind to check out my blog? maybe we can follow each other :)

  11. This is so helpful! I have only done it once and I had to slowly pull out ALL of the acrylics. A bit painful haha

    I was wondering if you'd like to follow each other. :)

    ♥Stacey Nguyen

    I am having a giveaway right now with about $160 worth of stuff . Check it out if you'd like ;)

  12. love those sparkles on those nails, super fab! and ahhhh i am not a fan of removing acrylics...ouch! But this advice rocks! So happy I stumbled across your blog. Its so cute! Hope you can swing by mine sometime... Annddd I am your newest follower! Hey-o!

    Kelsey Belle

  13. Thank you for stopping by everyone!

  14. sparkle on the nails will NEVER get old! I wear sparkle all year round until I run out! great blog! you girls are so pretty!

  15. These are good methods to remove acrylic nails. I found some other good ones here.


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