This is how you can safely remove your acrylic nails at home

Removing Acrylic Nails (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Removing Acrylic Nails (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

With restaurants, hair salons and retail stores closed due to the countrywide lockdown, people have resorted to DIY methods to fulfill their needs. Many have unleashed their inner chefs by recreating popular fast-food dishes and others have learnt how to braid their hair.

But for many ladies who got their nails done before the lockdown started, removing their acrylic tips can be quite tough – and let’s face it, waiting for them to fall off is not ideal (and not cute at all).

While others may prefer to bite them off, it is important to find a safe way to remove your acrylics without damaging your nails or your nail beds.

DRUM has compiled three ways to safely remove your acrylic nails at home.

1.       Using acetone

According to Good Housekeeping, this is the safest way to remove your nails and will only require four products (acetone, cotton balls, foil and a bowl) as well as your nail kit:

Step 1 File off the acrylic using a nail file.

Step 2 Soak your nails in acetone – there are two ways you can do this: by pouring acetone into a bowl and putting your fingers in the liquid until the remaining acrylic nail dissolves, or by wrapping each fingertip in foil with an acetone-soaked piece of cotton and waiting for about 20-minutes for it to dissolve.

Step 3 Scrape off the remaining bits of acrylic with a nail buffer.


2.       Using nail-polish remover

Although this method will take a long time to get the job done, it’s a safe way to remove acrylic nails, according to Style Craze. And it is perfect for those who don’t have any acetone in the house. It is important to use an acetone-free nail-polish remover.

For this method, you’ll need nail clippers, a bowl, tweezers as well as acetone-free nail-polish remover.

Step 1 Cut the acrylic nails as short as possible using nail clippers.

Step 2 Pry up the edges with the pointy end of the tweezer.

Step 3 Pour the nail polish remover in a bowl and soak your nails for about 40 minutes.

Step 4 Once the acrylic nail starts to feel loose, gently pull it out using tweezers. If it doesn’t come off, soak again and repeat the step until it comes off.


3.       Using dental floss

While dental floss is a absolute need for our teeth, it can also come in handy for the removal of acrylic nails, according to

Although this method is the quickest and most cost-effective, it can be dangerous and painful if not done with extreme caution. All you’ll need here is a partner, dental floss and a cuticle stick.

Step 1 Gently lift the edge of your acrylic nail with a cuticle stick. If it has already begun to come loose, you may not need to do much for this step.

Step 2 After the edge has been lifted, get your partner to insert a piece of dental floss under the acrylic nail. Move the floss down the nail in a sawing motion until the acrylic pops off and you’re done!

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