Dear Answer Angel Ellen: How can I remove my acrylic nails without tearing up my own poor nails underneath. I have 1/4 inch of my own nails showing and with nail salons closed where I live, it is time to do it myself?
- Genevieve J.
Dear Genevieve: For acrylic, gel or powder dipped nails:
_Get yourself a nail file 180 grit or less. The lower the number, the higher the grit. (I just ordered some 100s for a few bucks on Amazon because I'm confronting the very same DIY nails problem.)
_File the surface of the nail to get rid of as much topcoat as you can.
_Use your COVID-19 face mask so you don't have to breathe in the powdery acrylic that is now flying around, and do this over a towel because it's messy.
_Soak a cotton ball, cotton pad (or paper towel corner) with a generous dose of acetone. (I got mine at the drug store.)
_Place soaked pad on nail and wrap individually in aluminum foil.
_Wait 15 minutes. Scrape off the softened acrylic/gel/gunk with an orange stick or the like. If necessary, repeat using the same foil for another 10-15 minutes. (Option: Soak nails in a bowl of acetone.)
_Apply cuticle oil (optional).