This method is as close to professional fake nail removal as it gets. If you’ve decided to go down the DIY road, it’s a good idea to invest in an electric file. It will make your home manicures faster and easier. That is, of course, after watching a ton of tutorial videos.
Removing your acrylic nails is quite simple. Here’s what you'll need to get started:
Just like the acetone soak method, you first have to use the nail clipper to cut your acrylics close to the length of your natural fingernails.
Then, with the electric file, carefully remove most of the acrylic layer off your nails. Leave a thin layer of acrylic on your natural nail to make sure you don't harm your nail bed.
Now, you can soak a cotton ball in acetone for each fingernail. Place one on every finger of one hand. We suggest you begin with your dominant hand.
Afterward, wrap each finger with aluminum foil.
You can then repeat the same process for your second hand, the non-dominant one. Leave the foil-wrapped cotton balls on your fingers for 15 minutes.
Now, unwrap the nails and gently scrape off the acrylics with a cuticle pusher or orange stick. The acrylics should have softened to a texture of glue at this point.
If some acrylic pieces are still stuck, wrap the acetone cotton balls and tin foil around your nails again. You don't need to make new ones, just drop a little extra acetone into the tinfoil mold if you notice that the cotton balls have dried out.
Let the acrylics continue to dissolve for another 15 minutes.
If you had to repeat the wrapping stage, use the cuticle pusher again. Then, smooth the nails with the electric file or a nail buffer.
Finally, apply some cuticle oil to your nails and cuticles to nourish and moisturize them.