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While many of us would love to have long, sexy fingernails, the truth is that growing them out just isn’t that easy. Fortunately, Acrylic nails give us the opportunity to “fake it”.
However, it’s important that you remove acrylic nails occasionally. Your real nails need to be allowed a chance every now and again to get some fresh air if you want them to stay healthy and avoid fungal growth.
But what’s the best way to remove the acrylics? You can pay a visit to your nail spa manicurist to have them taken off, or you can you follow these 4 easy steps to do-it-yourself at home.
Step #1: Use a pair of nail clippers to trim the acrylic nails down as much as you can.
Step #2: Take a sheet of aluminum foil and cut it into ten strips, each one big enough to wrap around and cover one of your fingers.
Step #3: – Soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover. Put the soaked cotton on your nail, then wrap it up with the aluminum foil to hold it in place. Repeat for each nail. Leave it in place for 20 minutes.
Step #4: Remove the foil and cotton balls; the acrylics will be gone! Rinse well and then use a buffer to remove any remaining traces on the surface of the nail.
If you don’t have foil or acetone, you can use this similar method: Soak your hands in warm water for 10 minutes, and then soak the nails in a shallow dish of acetone for 20-30 minutes. Don’t put your whole hand in, just the tips of the finger up to the base of the nail. The acrylic will slowly melt away. Rinse and buff as before.
Please keep in mind that acetone is extremely drying to the skin and fingernails, so it’s important that you moisturize you hands very well after your acrylic removal. Massage a drop of olive oil or vitamin E oil into each nail, then slather on a heavy duty hand cream. Your hands will thank you for it!
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