How to Remove Manicure at Home

Nails might be the last thing you’re worrying about in the midst of a pandemic. But with all salons closed until further notice, it can be really difficult to maintain those little ones. A sudden reflex or hitting a surface can cause damage to the manicure. If the manicure starts shredding or breaking around the edges, it can damage the natural nails. So, the best-case scenario is to remove them off completely!

Here are some simple steps to remove those gel, acrylic or dip manicures at home using a few simple equipments, some of which you might have to order online.

WARNING: Do not try to cut your nails before removing the manicure. This might damage your natural nails and cuticles.


File those nails, but gently. The first step in removing those manicures is to file them as thin as possible. Start with the topcoat and file your way to the lowest. Make sure that you’ve filed the nails properly as it could affect the use of acetone in the next step.
But if you are a nail freak who wants to maintain them at home, just make sure to keep filing the rough edges of your manicure. The abrupt manicure can lead to the nail cracking and can cause major damage.


For gel nails, soak a cotton ball in acetone and place it above your nail. Wrap the nail properly with some foil paper and let it rest for around 5-10 mins. You will notice the manicure slowly peeling off. If it doesn’t entirely come off, dip the cotton ball in some more acetone and rub it gently on the nail to remove the remaining bits.

For acrylic and dip manicures, pour 100% pure acetone in a glass bowl or cup and soak one hand at a time and keep the other hand free to check on the progress of your removal. Apply cuticle oil on your nails and cuticles before soaking to keep your nails protected.

Once you soak your hand in the acetone, cover it with a cloth or towel. This will help you use your body heat to get it off faster as you can’t heat acetone because it’s flammable. Keep checking the progress every 15 mins. The manicure will not just disappear but become softer during the process and you’ll have to keep rubbing it off and repeating the process again and again until you get your naked nails.

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Once you’re done getting it off your nails, make sure you hydrate your nails by applying a cuticle oil or any oil to your nails. You might not get the perfect healthy nails back instantly but keep hydrating them to get better results faster.

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