If you’ve become tired of the acrylic nails covering your natural ones, you’ll want to follow the correct how to steps to ensure your natural nails don’t suffer any undue damage to them. Since acrylic nails are bonded with the best glue possible, you’ll find that biting them or pulling on them can be quite harmful to your nail below. To help prevent this, there are several steps you can take to keep your natural nails looking great even after ridding them of the acrylic ones. You can find them below:
- Preparing your nails. Remove any polish and clip away the excess acrylic from your nails. You’ll also want to moisturize your nails and surrounding skin with some petroleum jelly since the acetone can be highly drying. Prepare a small bowl of nail polish remover that’s just deep enough for your nails.
- Soak your nails. The first soaking phase is the longest as you’ll want to get the glue to loosen as much as possible. You can help this by rubbing your nails together.
- Scrape off the acrylic. You can do this best with an orange stick since you’ll want to take care as you scrape. You only want to remove all the layers except the last one to protect your natural nail.
- Soak again. You’ll want to repeat the previous two steps for as long as it takes to remove the majority of the acrylic from your nails. Keep alternating until you’ve reached the final layer.
- Sand and moisturize. When you’ve reached the final layer, you may find some rough bumps that you’ll want to sand down. Once your nails are smooth, you can rinse them off and moisturize them with your favorite lotion, having successfully removed the acrylic from your nails.
The desire to see your natural nails is one that most of us face as the sharp look of our acrylics begins to wain from the steady growth of our natural nail, pushing the acrylic further than their original locations. Maybe we’re ready for a change of pace or just want to give our natural nails a chance to breathe before our next set of acrylics. Either way, we can take off the old acrylic with these key steps and with the right tools.
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