The Best Way To Remove Acrylic Nails At Home

Anyone who has ever had acrylic nails will know what a pain they are to remove, especially when you're trying to remove them yourself at home. Worse still, if you don't do it carefully, you can often end up seriously damaging your nails — so much so, that they don't look the same for a good while. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you can't make it to your nail salon, so it's best to know how to do it like a professional.

It all starts with filing. "Using a course grit, file off as much product as possible," Savannah Walker, a professional nail artist at Vanity Projects in New York City told Good Housekeeping. Nail artist Amy Le agreed, telling Allure, "The more of your acrylic you file off, the less time you have to soak in acetone later." Using a good quality nail file — 100 grit works best — will make things a lot easier so if it's something you're going to be doing regularly, it's best to spend a little extra and invest in one that will do the job properly.

Once you have removed the acrylics, you need to give your nails a moisture boost

Next up, you need to soak your nails in acetone using cotton balls secured to the nail with foil. "There should be a bit of acetone dripping out of your foil when you squeeze — that is how you know you have enough on the cotton ball," Kristin Gyimah, owner and CEO of Dime Nails salon in Los Angeles, revealed to Allure. Then simply check your nails after 20 minutes and attempt to scrape off the remaining acrylic. "Scrape off the softened product using an orange stick or cuticle pusher, repeating this process until all the product has been dissolved," advises Walker.

Lastly, it's time for a little rest and relaxation for your nails. In other words, give them a mini-pampering session. Shape the nails to your liking, then infuse them with a major moisture boost, focusing on your cuticles. "Cover your nails with cuticle oil and cuticle cream, then wrap each hand in a warm washcloth for five minutes," manicurist Deborah Lippmann, founder of Deborah Lippmann nail collection, told Good Housekeeping

See? Removing acrylics nails at home suddenly doesn't seem that hard.