Removing acrylic nails can be a headache sometimes! You had a function to attend; now, however, you are desperately wanting to get rid of them. Don’t panic! Here’s how to remove your fake nails:


Soak cotton balls in acetone and then place them over the nails and wrap the fingertips with aluminium foil to hold the cotton in place. This dissolves the acrylic without requiring you to soak your fingertips in acetone. You’ll need to leave the cotton balls on your nails for at least 20 minutes. Remove them one at a time, gently scraping or wiping off the acrylic on each nail.


Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly around the skin that is touching the nail bed in order to protect your skin from the acetone nail polish remover. Dip your nails into the bowl of acetone nail polish remover until the glue that binds your acrylic nail to your natural nail bed starts coming off (15-20 mins). Once the acrylic has gone all mushy and jelly like after 15-20 minutes remove your hands from the bowl of acetone. Gently try to remove the acrylic nail from your natural nail, if you meet some resistance dip them back in the bowl of acetone for another 5-10 minutes.


At the cuticle end of your nail use a metal nail file to work up the edge of the acrylic nail a bit there so there is enough space for you to slip the dental floss underneath the acrylic nail. Using about 12 inches of dental floss, wrap it around the index finger of the second person on each hand. Slip the floss under the edge you just created. The second person should use a sawing motion and gently pull towards the end of the nail bed. The acrylic nail should pop off.

Remember to NEVER force anything. This will only lead to injury and regret.