How To Remove Acrylic Nails

We all love how acrylics – they look fantastic and are a great way to enjoy stylish nails for longer. What isn’t so fantastic, however, is removing them.

It’s common to get acrylics removed professionally, especially if you’re getting new nails reapplied on top. But perhaps you’ve started doing your own nails and are looking for advice on how to remove acrylic nails at home? Or maybe you’re simply in a rush and don’t have time to visit the salon? 

If so, do not fear! Here at Naio Nails, we’ve put together all the information you need on how to remove false nails yourself, easily and safely. 


One of the most common, and easiest, ways to remove fake nails is with acetone. Also known as propanone, acetone is a powerful liquid solvent that will quickly and easily remove both gel polish and adhesive. Because of its powerful properties, acetone is used to break down the acrylic so it can be easily lifted off the nail – but can be quite drying if used too heavily or frequently on natural nails.

In order to remove your acrylics using acetone, you should:

  • Firstly, trim down your acrylic nails with nail clippers or strong cuticle nippers. This will reduce the surface area of the nail, allowing the acetone to penetrate the area of your natural nails more easily. Cut down to where your natural nails begin – not too low though or you could damage your natural nail. 
  • Use a nail file to thin the acrylic. Run the nail file across the nail in a back and forth motion. The idea is to thin the acrylic, making it easier for the acetone to penetrate. Make sure not to file too deep, if you file too much, you run the risk of damaging your natural nail. 
  • Apply acetone soaked cotton wool to the nail. Soak cotton wool in acetone acrylic nail remover, then place directly over the nail ensuring it is full covered. Then, using foil, wrap your nails in order to secure the cotton in place. 
  • Soak your nails. Leave the cotton wool and foil in place for at least 10 minutes, in order to allow the acetone to soak into the acrylic. 
  • Remove your acrylic. Remove just one of the wraps, then gently use a cuticle pusher to scrape the softened acrylic off. If the acetone has penetrated enough, the acrylic should lift and slide off easily. If the acrylic is still a little hard underneath, reapply the wrap and leave your nails to soak for a further five minutes before trying again. You can repeat this process for each nail until the acrylic has been completely softened and removed. If you find that it is taking a while it could be the acetone you are using – make sure you’re using 100% acetone and not supermarket or drugstore acetone as this is often watered down. As tempting as it can be, never pull, cut or bite the acrylic off your nail. While this method may be faster, you’re very likely to damage and weaken your natural nails in the process.

Ensure your nails are strong and healthy at all times with the collection of nail prep, removal and aftercare products at Naio Nails.

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