We all adore acrylic nails – they offer a stunning look and are convenient options for long-lasting stylish nails. But when it comes to removing them, it can be a bit of a hassle. While many opt for professional removal, particularly if they plan to have new nails applied, it’s entirely possible to learn how to remove acrylic nails at home with just a few straightforward steps.

Do you adore your acrylic nails but are eager to safely learn their removal yourself? Look no further! At Naio Nails, we’ve compiled all the essential information you need to swiftly and effortlessly remove fake nails at home—ensuring minimal risk to your natural nails and nail beds.

How to Safely Remove Acrylic Nails Using Acetone

One of the most prevalent and straightforward methods for removing fake nails involves the use of acetone. Also referred to as propanone, acetone serves as a potent liquid solvent capable of swiftly and effectively eliminating both gel polish and adhesive. Due to its robust properties, acetone efficiently breaks down the acrylic, facilitating easy removal from the nail surface. However, it’s essential to note that excessive or frequent use of acetone can lead to significant drying of natural nails.


Are you ready to begin? Here’s our comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to remove acrylic nails in the comfort of your own home:

The essential products you’ll need include:

  • Nail Clippers or Cuticle Nippers
  • Nail File
  • Acetone
  • Cotton Wool or Lint-Free Pads
  • Aluminum Foil or Soak-Off Clips
  • Cuticle Pusher

Step 1: Begin by trimming down your acrylic nails using either nail clippers or sturdy cuticle nippers.

This action reduces the surface area of the acrylic nail, facilitating easier penetration of acetone into the area of your natural nails. Trim down to where your natural nails begin, ensuring not to cut too low, as this could potentially damage your natural nails.


Step 2: Employ a nail file to thin out the acrylic layer gently.

Run the nail file across the nail surface in a back-and-forth motion. The goal is to gradually thin the acrylic layer, facilitating better penetration of acetone. Exercise caution to avoid filing too deeply, as excessive filing may result in damage to your natural nail.


Step 3: Place a cotton wool pad soaked in acetone onto the nail.

Soak a cotton wool pad in acetone or acrylic nail remover, then place it directly over the nail, ensuring complete coverage. Next, wrap your nails with aluminum foil to hold the cotton in place securely.

Step 4: Allow your nails to soak.

Leave the cotton wool and foil in place for at least 10 minutes to allow the acetone to thoroughly soak into the acrylic.

Step 5: Carefully remove the acrylic from your nails.

Remove one of the wraps, then delicately utilize a cuticle pusher to scrape off the softened acrylic. If the acetone has sufficiently penetrated, the acrylic should lift and slide off effortlessly. If the acrylic remains slightly hardened underneath, reapply the wrap and allow your nails to soak for an additional five minutes before attempting again. Repeat this process for each nail until all the acrylic has been thoroughly softened and removed. Feel free to re-soak your cotton wool with acetone if it becomes dry during the process.

If you find the process taking longer than expected, it may be due to the acetone you’re using. Ensure you’re using 100% acetone and not a diluted version commonly found in supermarkets or drugstores. It’s important to resist the temptation to pull, cut, or bite the acrylic off your nails. While this approach might seem quicker, it significantly increases the risk of damaging and weakening your natural nails.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of removing acrylic nails at home like a pro, you can avoid resorting to picking or biting them off, thus saving your nails from potential damage. For maintaining strong and healthy nails, explore our range of nail prep, removal, and aftercare products at Naio Nails.