What's a good way to remove acrylic nails?

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What's a good way to remove acrylic nails?

Jul!a Jul!a
So, for my wedding, I caved and got me some nice pretty acrylic nails. And now 3 weeks later, they're starting to get long enough that they're getting in the way. Not to mention they obviously look like they're growing out, and I don't want to invest long term in filling and cutting them down over and over and over again. Everybody I've talked to in person has told me to just chew them off, which is what I've done in the past every time I've wanted them gone, but since the lady who did them didn't cut down my real nails first, they've grown in quite nicely as well, and I'd really like to try and avoid destroying them in any manner. I realize that there's going to be some damage, I just want to try and avoid losing all the length my real nails have right now.

Suggestions?
01/24/2011
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PussyGalore PussyGalore
There's no way for you to save your natural nail. I always took the wooden cuticle stick and pried them off from the base since that's where the growth occurs naturally. Then it's a fifteen to thirty minute soak in acetone nail polish remover and buffing off the remainder of the glue. Your nails are probably going to look really ragged for a week or two until you can cut the rest of the glue off. Technically, because your natural nails cannot breathe under the acrylic nail, as soon as it is removed the nail will become weak and brittle.

Good luck! It takes forever. Which is why I stopped doing it and I always felt like there was an intense amount of pressure on the nail beds. It drove me nuts!
01/24/2011
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
When I used to take mine off, I'd just soak them in acetone until they were loose and pry them off with cuticle sticks. They usually came off in one piece but the nail underneath was pretty much shot anyway until it grew out.
01/24/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Thanks for the suggestions so far Audra and Tori. I know from past experience that sometimes the glue comes off on its own and sometimes makes it easier to "snap" them off so to speak. Right now I'm chipping at those sections and trying to work the nails up more and more in the hopes that they'll just snap themselves off and leave me with something I can work with.

I'll also be looking for some nail polish remover with acetone in it, since I don't think we have any at the house right now.
01/24/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
yep> soak in acetone. if you have a hard emery board or sand paper or a dremel you can soak for a while and then sand, soak again sand. pulling them will ruin your nail underneath
01/24/2011
RomeroB RomeroB
Take a nail file and file each nail down a little bit then soak a half a cotton ball in acetone nail polish and put on each nail and wrap a small piece of plastic wrap to keep the cotton ball in place. You might want to put some type of moistureizer around your cutical. Repeat every 20minutes. Never rip or chew your acrylic nails off its hurts like hell and will damage your natural nail.
01/24/2011
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Yup, not much saving the nail underneath. It'll be thin and weak and will peel.
01/24/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Yup, not much saving the nail underneath. It'll be thin and weak and will peel.
Ditto. You can make it less painful to take them off by soaking your nails in acetone nail polish remover for a few minutes and very slowly working them off and applying more acetone nail polish remover as you go.

But your nail will be brittle, weak, and rough. They were "scuffed up" to create more surface area for the acrylic adhesive to cling to. So to make them smooth again, you'll have to buff them down. But of course that removes more layers of your nail, weakening them further. So I suggest getting them painted with some nail hardener to protect them while they grow out.

But to correct what someone said in an earlier post, your nails don't "breathe". They're no longer live once they exit the skin to grow. Any of the live cells of a nail are inside the skin past the cuticle from where it grows. It's the same material hair is made of - seriously. Our hair hanging down our faces isn't made of living cells. Once it exits the head, it's for all intents and purposes dead.

To grow stronger, smoother nails, just eat more protein. I always find that I have excellent nails when I remember to eat fish and eggs.
01/24/2011
dippeydoo dippeydoo
Ive done nails for 10 years and yes u can salvage your natural nails... Start with like an 80 grit nail file or a just a very coarse one file the thickness of the nail about half way then fill a bowl with pure acetone NOT nail polish remover and soak for about 10 mins at a time. Scrape off as much as u can with the file after each 10 min soak the whole process should take about 30 min but it's worth it if u want to save your natural nails. U should be able to to wipe off the last layer with paper towels then just buff your nails with a 3 way buffer.
01/24/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by dippeydoo
Ive done nails for 10 years and yes u can salvage your natural nails... Start with like an 80 grit nail file or a just a very coarse one file the thickness of the nail about half way then fill a bowl with pure acetone NOT nail polish remover and soak ...
Where does one find pure acetone?
01/25/2011
Beaners Beaners
Sam, you should be able to find it at a Sally's Beauty Supply.

I also know that you could even go back to a nail salon and have them take them off for you. This may be the best way to go, as they are professionals and all. I made the awful mistake of tearing mine off when I got acrylics in high school. My nails hurt for days, and it took forever for them to grow back out.
01/25/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
Ditto. You can make it less painful to take them off by soaking your nails in acetone nail polish remover for a few minutes and very slowly working them off and applying more acetone nail polish remover as you go.

But your nail will be ...
It's more of a figure of speech than anything. And maybe it's wrong but all of my life I have been told that you should go at least one week a month with nothing on your nails to keep them from becoming brittle and weak.
01/25/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by PussyGalore
It's more of a figure of speech than anything. And maybe it's wrong but all of my life I have been told that you should go at least one week a month with nothing on your nails to keep them from becoming brittle and weak.
Nail polish won't make your nails brittle or weak. Daily filing and buffing can cause it thins the nail. But it depends on your genetics (as well as nutrition) how thick and strong your nails are to begin with and how much they can take. But color you nails as much as you want! I wish I had the money to go hands massaged and nails paints.
01/25/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
Nail polish won't make your nails brittle or weak. Daily filing and buffing can cause it thins the nail. But it depends on your genetics (as well as nutrition) how thick and strong your nails are to begin with and how much they can take. But ...
I don't paint my nails because the beds are so tiny that it looks like a five year old got into her mother's nail polish. I've only had it done once professionally and I loved the pamper aspect of it. Those warming gloves are so awesome!!

I have done some pretty major things to try to get my nails strong and 'healthy' but it's a fruitless effort for me. I have ridges and they're very thin. If I let them grow out they become little razor blades at the tips of my fingers. I keep them very short but neatly filed these days.
01/25/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by PussyGalore
I don't paint my nails because the beds are so tiny that it looks like a five year old got into her mother's nail polish. I've only had it done once professionally and I loved the pamper aspect of it. Those warming gloves are so awesome!! ...
Awww I understand. I always have great ring and pinky nails but then my other finger nails stay relatively short because I use those finger nails a lot.

Have you ever tried that wax bath for your hands??? It's like torture! They won't let you go and keep dipping your whole hand in wax until they want to melt your skin! But then it's really cool when the wax dries and it's peeled off and your skin feel aaaamaaaazing after.

We're such suckers for "beauty is pain".
01/25/2011
Victoria Victoria
Sam! It will cost you like $5 to have them soaked off and filed at pretty much any nail salon. Maybe $10 with a nail treatment and semi-manicure. Just go to a pro and have it done right, lady!
01/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
What everybody else said, Sam.

I'm in the process of letting nails I first got in October finally grow out. I just kept getting them redone, then I thought, "I'm going broke here." Not to mention the awful shape my nails are in.

So, I basically have one half of one acrylic left......the half on the growing part of my nail. UG. The rest of my nails look like I bite them and I don't. I will have to have a lot of self control not to have them done again or at least put some glue ons on in the meantime.

I will color them, though. My hands are short and stubby anyway. I need color. I soak them in acetone, or acetone nail polish and wait for the damn things to fall off. Then one gets half way off, and it hurts and.....UG.

What we go through. And My Man says, "Those fake nails aren't good for scratching." He likes his back scratched. Oh, by all means, I won't do again then, Sir. LOL!
01/25/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by P'Gell
What everybody else said, Sam.

I'm in the process of letting nails I first got in October finally grow out. I just kept getting them redone, then I thought, "I'm going broke here." Not to mention the awful shape my nails are ...
Its true though! They suck for back scratching
01/25/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Its true though! They suck for back scratching
I've only had acrylic nails a few times in my life and the two things that drove me crazy about them is I couldn't satisfy my itching and when braiding my hair, it liked to get stuck in them. Annoying!
01/25/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Update: Soo..... I have this really bad habit of picking at things that are loose... And one of my fakies was starting to come up on its own... And I ended up playing with it most of the day... And it came off! Nicely! Like, the nail could use a good shaping and some nice hardening polish, but other than that, it's like, perfect! And I'm so amazed!

I ended up trying this (very carefully) with others that were starting to come loose, and I have a few more off (mind you, this is something I started doing because I was bored too), and those nails are pretty much the same as the first. One of them doesn't even look like it every had the fake nail on there! I'm just astounded at how lucky I got here.

I know it's bad to pick them off, and any that haven't pretty much come up on their own I'll go to get removed this weekend.

Thank you all again for your input, it really means a lot that you took the time to answer, even for something this silly
01/26/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
I would go to a salon and just pay the money to have them take them off!
01/26/2011
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