How We Take Off Acrylic Nails Without Acetone?

Before discussing “How to take off acrylic nails without acetone”, we need to know first why not acetone and why it is unfavorable for some people to use acetone for taking off acrylic nails despite being the most popular, cheap and easy way for that purpose.


Acetone

Acetone

Acetone is a strong chemical-based liquid that has the ability to dissolve the acrylic nails to make it easier for removal with zero percent pain. But because acetone is chemical-based, sometimes it has side effects if it isn’t used properly and there are some people who disclosed bad stories where the acetone caused to burn their fingertips off along with the acrylics. Acetone is a highly flammable liquid, using it will dry out natural nail bed. It should be used carefully specially in a well-ventilated area. Some people don’t know that using a fan while they are using acetone is against improving ventilation.

We shouldn’t forget that acrylic nails are just fake nails. There are no doubts that acrylic nails make your nails look beautiful compared to natural nails only painted with nail polish and they add some length to your nails. But, after some weeks or a month we remember that acrylic nails are just fake. Regrowth of the natural nails will appear beneath the polish line and above the fingertips causing the acrylic nails to look messy. Then we recognize that the undesired day has come and we should remove them. But for sure we will not accept to cause any harm to our skin when we remove acrylic nails.

For these reasons, some people decide to adapt a more natural alternatives means that are chemical-free to remove acrylic nails without acetone. We are going to discuss five methods by which we can dispense acetone when removing acrylic nails.

Take of acrylic nails by using dental floss

dental floss

Compared to going to a nail salon to have your acrylic nails removed professionally, using dental floss method is cheaper and better if you decided to remove acrylic nails by yourself at home. This method needs some patience otherwise you could cause some pain to yourself especially if your nails are still short. It is recommended to get the help of another partner who cares about you and will be patient to accomplish this method free of pain.

Before beginning you will need:

  • Cuticle stick and cuticle cream
  • Dental floss
  • A partner
  • Nail buffer or an electric nail file machine

Steps:

  1. Use the cuticle stick to pry up the bottom edge of an acrylic nail to make a little inlet.
  2. Ask your partner to take some dental floss and insert it through the inlet then start to move it carefully in a sawing motion and continue till removing the acrylic nail
  3. Repeat the previous step with every nail to get at last acrylic free fingernails.
  4. You may find that some of your natural nails became a little torn from this process so you will need a nail buffer or an electric nail file machine to clean them.
  5. Use cuticle cream to restore the shape of your skin.

Just remember when you select this method that being painful or pain free depends on how much patience you and your partner would have.

Take of acrylic nails by using acetone free nail polish remover

acetone free nail polish remover

In this method you will use your normal nail polish remover as a substitute to the nail polish remover that contains acetone in its formula. It is safe and effective but it will take a little more time.

Before beginning you will need:

  • Acetone-free nail polish remover
  • Tweezers
  • Bowl
  • Nail clipper
  • File

Steps:

  1. Use nail clipper to clip your acrylic nails carefully to make it short enough.
  2. Pry the acrylic nails edges using the end of your tweezers.
  3. Pour the acetone-free nail polish remover into a bowl as deep as possible to soak fingers.
  4. Spend about 40 minutes soaking your nails in the acetone-free nail polish remover until you feel that your acrylic nails are about to lose from natural nail bed.
  5. Use the tweezers to pull out the acrylic nails from your natural nails. If you found it still a little bit difficult, soak your acrylic nails again for some minutes then pull them out.

You may notice that normal acetone-free nail polish remover is evaporating after some time. So, you are required to add more of it from time to time.

Take of acrylic nails by using nail filers

nail filers

By this method, you will get rid of your acrylic nails by filing them away. It’s a little time consuming process so you will need to be patient.

Before beginning you will need:

  • Nail filer or nail buffer
  • Orange stick
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle oil
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish remover

Steps:

  1. Use nail clipper carefully to clip your acrylic nails to make them as short as possible.
  2. Use either nail polish remover or nail filer to remove the nail polish.
  3. Start filling the acrylic nails using nail filers. Continue filling them till you reach the actual nail bed but be careful not to file off your actual bed.
  4. If there are any acrylic nails still remaining on your natural nails, use the cuticle scissor to take off them but don’t clip too much not to cause damage to your natural nails.
  5. After making sure that all the acrylic nails are off, use the orange stick to scrap off the acrylic glue.
  6. After you finish, pamper your natural nails with cuticle oil.

Remember not to pull out the acrylic nails if it doesn’t sound easy because you may pull out your natural nails accidentally.

Take of acrylic nails by using hot water

Take of acrylic nails by using hot water

This method is the considered the easiest and safest method to remove acrylic nails.

Before beginning you will need:

  • Warm water
  • A bowl
  • Nail filer
  • Nail clipper
  • Orange stick

Steps:

  1. Use nail clipper to trim your nails as short as possible then use the orange stick to pry edges.
  2. Pour warm water into the bowl but make sure that it is not too hot as you will soak your nails for long time.
  3. Spend about 40 minutes soaking your nails in the warm water to dissolves the glue.
  4. Wait until the acrylic nails come out. If they don’t come out you can add more warm water and spend some more minutes soaking them.

As you will need about 40 minutes to soak your nails, this will expose warm water to lose temperature and become colder. So, you will need to pour the water again during the process or you can put a candle lit under the bowl.

Take of acrylic nails by using laminated business card

Take of acrylic nails by using laminated business card

This method is the fastest one. So, it is the most recommended when it is urgent to remove the acrylic nails.

Before beginning you will need:

  • Laminated card
  • Orange stick
  • Lotion or oil

Steps:

  1. Use the orange stick to pry the acrylic nails edges to make a small inlet that allow the laminated card to slide under acrylic nails.
  2. Use the laminated card and slide it under acrylic nails and over natural nails.
  3. Keep moving the laminated card in a slow sawing motion to slide acrylic nails off the natural nails.
  4. After finish, use lotion or oil for your cuticles and natural nail bed.

By the way, you can replace the laminated card by a credit/debit card but you should be more careful as the credit/debit card is hard.

If you decided not to go to nail salons to remove acrylic nails, so you will need to get the required tools that are used at home for this purpose. But, most of these tools are sold separately so you will need to get into a beauty supply store, target the nail section and pick up the required tools. However, there are other two options that combines more tools or solutions in one kit.

Acrylic nail removal kites

Kiss all or one artificial nail remover

Kiss all or one artificial nail remover

This kit includes: soak-in solution, a file and a cuticle stick that pushes off the acrylic nails.

Gel nail removal kit from procure

Gel nail removal kit from procure

This kit was made for removing gel nails, but it has the same required tools to remove acrylic nails such as wraps, nail soaks, a wooden stick and a nail file.

Now you managed to remove your acrylic nails at home but you discovered that this process resulted in a thin natural nails. So, how to strengthen them again? You will need a strengthener that contain a cuticle and nail oil to restore your natural nails and help them to tough up. The cuticle and nail oil will help to remove the dehydration effect that was resulted when the natural nails extension was applied by plumping the layers of the natural nail.

Giving up acetone and targeting one of the five acetone-free methods are more suitable for people who don’t want to expose their skin to harsh chemicals. But there are also some precautions to follow while removing acrylic nails without acetone.

  • Using a cuticle oil after removing acrylic nails to restore the real nail bed can be harsh on skin. So, a moisturizer is required after this process.
  • Don’t use acrylic nippers to pry off nails, this will damage the natural nail plate.
  • Use olive massage to simulate cuticle area to help nails restore their health.
  • Before putting a new pair of acrylic nails, give your natural nails at least a weak to restore strength.

At last, I hope that all the above information helped to make the “how to take off acrylic nails without acetone?” question much easier to solve. You are welcome in the comment section to ask any question that will be attached by its answer or add any additional information or other methods that will definitely help others.

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