To remove acrylic nails, you need nail clippers, a nail buffer, acetone, two glass bowls, and cream or cuticle oil. Cover the surface you are using with a plastic bag, and lay newspaper over it to absorb spills. Clip the nails, and then soak them in the acetone. Finish by moisturizing your hands and nails.
- Clip the nails
Trim the acrylic nails with the nail clipper. Cut them as close as possible to the length of the natural nails to make the removal process easier.
- Soak the nails in acetone
Choose two glass bowls, one smaller and one larger. Be sure that the smaller bowl is large enough that your fingers can rest inside of it. Fill the smaller glass bowl with acetone and the larger one with warm water, then place the smaller bowl inside the larger one. This warms the acetone and speeds up the removal process. Place one hand inside the glass bowl, and allow the nails to soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove your hand from the bowl, and gently scrape the softened acrylic off of the nail surface. Continue this process until the acrylic is completely removed. Repeat this step for the second hand.
- Moisturize the hands and nails
After the acrylic is removed, wash your hands with warm, soapy water. Moisturize your hands using a thick moisturizing cream that contains emollients or a skin or cuticle oil. Continue to moisturize the hands and massage nail beds daily to counteract the drying, damaging effects of the acetone.