How to Remove Fake Nails Without Chemicals

Remove fake nails without acetone or chemicals
Remove fake nails without acetone or chemicals (Image: playing with my nails image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from <a href=''></a>)

To create an acrylic or porcelain coating on your nails, powder and liquid are mixed to form a plastic paste. The paste is applied to your nail bed with a brush. Acetone is the chemical used by nail technicians to soak the hardened substance from the nail bed. For nail lovers seeking natural solutions to remove fake nails, use common nail tools and a steady hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic nail clippers
  • 4-sided nail buffer
  • Cuticle stick
  • Cuticle clipper
  • Cuticle oil
  • Soap and water
  • Creamy hand lotion
  • Strengthening nail polish
  • Top coat polish

Wait two to four weeks from your last nail fill in. Let the fake nail grow out from the base of the nail bed. You should have at least 1/4 inch of your natural nail exposed between your cuticle and the acrylic nail.

Use an acrylic nail clipper to cut your nails down. Cut your fake nails down as far as possible without damaging your natural nails. If you use a regular toe nail clipper to clip the nail, the clipper may damage and crack your natural nail.

Apply a four-sided buffer to your nail bed. Each side of the nail buffer has a different strength grit file to sand down the fake nail. Start with the black side or strongest side of the nail buffer and proceed to buff each nail for three to five minutes. Repeat with each nail until the fake nail starts to disappear and your natural nail is revealed.

Lift the thin edges of your nails with a cuticle stick. Clip the edges with a cuticle clipper to remove the final pieces of artificial nail. Using the gentlest side of the four-sided buffer, file away the remaining acrylic residue to remove any artificial material on your nail bed.

Apply a thin layer of cuticle oil to your nail bed. Let the oil remain on your nails for five minutes. Rinse with soap and water. Restore moisture with a creamy hand lotion. Apply a strengthening nail polish and top coat to prevent weak nails from breaking.

Tips & Warnings

  • A fill in occurs when the nail technician applies the acrylic paste in your nail bed to cover any new natural nail growth.
  • Use a four-sided nail buffer instead of a standard emery board, due to the strength of the grit file and the ease of use.
  • An acrylic nail clipper is more durable and stronger than a standard toe nail clipper.

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