The best solution for removing acrylic nails is to go to a salon, and seek the help of a professional. A manicurist is a trained and experienced beauty technician, who will remove the acrylic nails in a safe and painless way. Nail bed is the living part of the nail, and if you try removing the acrylic nails yourself, you might end up damaging the nail bed. So, it is advisable for you to seek help from a manicurist. However, if you wish to remove acrylic nails yourself, there are many acetone-free nail polish removers which you can use.
Removing Acrylic Nails Without Acetone
All right, now that you have gathered all the things you need, let's get started.
Spread newspaper sheets on the surface of the place where you will be working on your nails. Fill the bowl with nail polish remover. The amount should be enough to soak your fingertips. Coat the fingertips and cuticle of the nails with petroleum jelly, and soak your fingertips in the bowl.
Soak only your fingertips and not the entire hand. Keep the nails dipped in the solution for about 20 minutes. The acrylic gel will start softening and dissolving.
With the orange sticks, scrape off the acrylic gel and wipe with a towel. If the gel doesn't comes off easily, then soak your nails in the remover again for a couple of more minutes, and scrape off the acrylic gel with the orange sticks. However, be very careful that you do not scrape off the nail surface under the acrylic nail coat.
After the entire acrylic coat is scraped off the nails, wash your hands with warm water and dry them with a towel. Get rid of any small bits of acrylic left on your nails by using a nail buffer.
The whole process of removing acrylic nails tends to dry the skin, as you will be dipping your fingers in nail polish remover. Also, scraping nails and washing hands removes moisture. Hence, apply a good moisturizer to soothe your skin.
Other Methods for Acrylic Nail Removal
Above was the method that you can use to take off acrylic nails at home without acetone. Here are some more alternative methods for acrylic nail removal without using acetone.
Acetone-Free Lacquer Removers
Instead of soaking your nails in acetone, you could opt for commercially available products most of which are acetone-free lacquer removers. It helps to break down the glue that sticks the acrylic nails to your natural nails. Soaking your nails in this solution will help in easy removal of acrylic nails.
Also, using acetone to remove the nails leaves a greasy residue on the nails, so make sure you wash your hands well after using acetone. Acetone dries your skin, but if you apply a good amount of moisturizer after using acetone, your skin should remain fine. If you have dry or brittle nails then avoid applying acrylic nails, as it can further damage the nails.
Now, you know the different methods to remove acrylic nails. But, do remember to scrape off acrylic nails slowly and with patience, as it is important that you do not harm your natural nail surface, while taking off false nails.