What to do with your nails when Salons are closed and you need to remove your acrylic/gel nails?
Many of you may be struggling with what to do with your nails. Your favorite Nail Technician has let you know the nail salon is closed. Your acrylic nails are lifting (a perfect place for bacteria to grow), brush-on gels are peeling off and natural nails are soft, peeling, and splitting from frequent hand washing.
Do you have Acrylic, Hard Gel, or Dip nails?
Don't know the difference? Read my article on the differences here.
If it's time to remove artificial/gel nails, while it's tempting to just lift them off with your teeth or pick them off, it's extremely damaging to your natural nail. Layers of your own nail come off with the artificial nail!
How to remove gel/acrylic nails with minimal damage
Acrylic Nails/Hard Gels/Dip Nails
Remove nail polish
File the top of the remaining acrylic with a nail file, avoiding the natural nail, as thin as you can.
Soak in acetone -- not nail polish remover. You can find acetone on Amazon. Your fingers won't fall off from soaking ;-) but, it is drying to the nails. You may need to soak for 30 minutes or more. Don't rush this. It's best to soak for 10 min, file for 2 minutes, soak again.
After nails are off, wash hands and nails thoroughly, apply a thick nail cream or oil to your natural nail. Do this often (every 2-3 hours). Leave nails bare for a day or two, applying creams and/or cuticle oils throughout the day. Invest in a great Nail Strengthener like our Nail Fitness. and follow the directions on our web store.
Brush on, Soak off Gels
Gather 10 cotton balls and 10 pieces of aluminum foil, approximately 4 x 4 inches.
Apply acetone to cotton ball (enough to soak)
Apply cotton ball to top of the nail and wrap foil around nail
Let rest 10 - 15 minutes, and then wipe polish remnants away.
Follow with same recommendation as acrylic nails--apply a ultra rich cream or oil to nails.
Invest in a good quality nail cream and nail strengthener. Be patient.
Chipping, soft, splitting?
Water is the enemy of nails. The more water we're in, the softer and weaker our nails become. Use gloves when doing dishes, and apply in a great Nail Cream and Nail Strengthening Polish. Use both religiously. Nails should be home manicured at least once a week. Use regular nail polish remover when removing polish. Acetone is not necessary.
Do you have a better understanding of how to remove artificial nails? Any tips you'd like to share?