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How to Remove Acrylics at Home Without Ruining Your Nails

Grab a nail file.

Removing acrylics at home isn't hard, as long as you arm yourself with a few tools and techniques to make sure your natural nails underneath stay strong and resilient. "One of the most commons mistakes when removing acrylics at home is not being patient enough and peeling or popping off a stubborn acrylic," says Sally Hansen Brand Ambassador Hannah Lee. "This can cause damage to the natural nail."

If you can't make it to the salon, follow the two expert steps below to remove your acrylic nails easily and without damage.


The first step is to remove most of the length. "Make sure to not clip your actual nail. The best way to clip is with an acrylic nail cutter but if you don't have that, you can use large toenail clippers which typically provides more strength," says Lee. "Start clipping at one side and work your way to the other, never clipping straight on."

Then grab two nail files, a rough one for the top later of acrylic and one with higher grit as you make your way closer to your natural nail. "Keep gently filing until the shine of the nail is gone. This may take some patience," says Lee. Just beware of buffing too much. "Over-buffing the nail to try and get the remaining pieces off can thin out and weaken the nail," she adds.


The next step involves, you guessed it, acetone. There are two ways to go about this, says Lee.

The first involves warming a bottle of acetone under the faucet, then pour it into a bowl and soak your fingers for 30 minutes.

"You can also use the foil method, which is what is typically seen at salons," adds Lee. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it on top of your nail, then take a piece of tin foil and wrap it around your nail and part of your finger, making sure to fold over the tip to seal in the cotton ball."

Check your nails after 30 minutes. If enough of the acrylic has dissolved, you can gently buff away the excess with the finer grit nail file. "If there is still product that can't be buffed off, soak for five more minutes and try again," she says. Pro tip: have a bottle of Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil nearby, since "acetone is very drying" for your nails and skin. "I would start by applying it once a day, or if you notice your skin is extra dry, up the applications," says Lee.


"To care for your acrylics, make sure to not use then as tools like opening cans. You can also get a gel overlay to help them last longer. If you prefer, you can also use a regular top coat, and apply it every two to three days," advises Lee. "Try to avoid water, so when you are doing the dishes, make sure to wear gloves." We love the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat.

Since acrylics can weaken the natural nail over time, it's never a bad idea to add a nail strengthener to your beauty routine, too.

The Shampoo Lounge'll get you covered for your pretty acrylic nails. Check out menu here

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article written by Jenna Rosenstein for

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