How to Remove Acrylic Nails Without Damaging Your Nails

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Hokay, gonna be your mom/elder/annoying friend for a second: Please stop trying to pick and peel your acrylic nails off at home. Seriously—the safest, most effective way to remove acrylic nails is by going to a salon where a trained nail tech can use potions and patience to get ‘em off with minimal damage. That being said, I’m also aware we’re living in weird times, and doing the ~right~ thing—i.e., going to a salon—isn’t necessarily possible right now.

And in these rare, annoying times, we must resort to DIY methods. Which is where I come in. I parsed through the questionable world of nail advice to find the best tutorials on how to remove your acrylic nails without the damage—or, well, without as much damage as you’d probably inflict on your own.

Ah, yes, the classic removal technique for the average DIYer. As a ~hot~ tip (literally), try warming up your acetone before starting, which will help it work faster and more effectively on your nails. (Note: Acetone is incredibly flammable, so don’t microwave it—just run the bottle under warm water for a few minutes.)

If you’re both lazy and an acrylics addict, you should seriously consider picking up an electric nail file to make the process way easier and safer on your nail beds. Yes, technically, this is the ~professional~ way to do it and it’s definitely a skill to learn, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it at home (at your own risk and by watching a ton of tutorials).

If an e-file sounds like way too much work and you don’t exactly have a ton of spare nail trays hanging around your house, try the ultra-easy—albeit not exactly environmentally friendly—way of removing your acrylics with a plastic bag.

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