Friday, June 7, 2013

How to remove acrylic or gel nails from home

Note: Do NOT attempt this with nails that have had a gel polish applied. Gel polished nails are different from gel nails, which are applied with a powder instead of a polish and are similar to acrylic nails.

A little over a month ago I got my nails did for the second time in my life. The first time was for my bachelorette party back in December, and during that outing I only used a regular polish and it chipped within a few days. The second time was for my wedding, and I was bound and determined to have nice nails that lasted longer than the drive from Utah to Nauvoo, so I went to a salon and had acrylic French tips and a gel powder sealant applied. And guess what! They looked really nice for a really long time.

And not long after we got home from our honeymoon, they started looking really, really bad. The regrowth showed beneath the polish line and above the fingertip, and the gel began to crack and separate from the natural nail. Today (and this is the straw that broke the camel's back) strands of my hair got caught beneath the gel layer at least five times before I'd finally had enough of it.

I'd already been planning for tomorrow to go to a salon to have my fake nails removed and a gel polish put on to protect the real guys after. But between an inability to braid my own hair without getting my fingers tangled in it and a very depressing bank account, I was at the end of my rope.

And then it came to me: DENTAL FLOSS.

So with some trepidation--it was all too reminiscent of pulling loose teeth--I started with the worst nail. I slid my strand of dental floss beneath an open edge of the gel, and cautiously I tugged back and forth until a surprising POP! and off the nail flew. And then I kept going with the rest of my nails. And then I enlisted the help of my very patient, very helpful husband to finish it up, and within 25 total minutes (it was a slow start) and for a grand total of $0.00, the offending nails were gone! It was a June 6th miracle!

So if you're too lazy to maintain your nails and too cheap to go into a salon to have them removed professionally, have I got the plan for you!

Before you begin, make sure you have enough dental floss (9/10 dentists recommend the minty kind) to have a comfortable strand for each nail. If your nails aren't quite pulling up yet, but you still want them off, you may want some acetone to help weaken the fake nail, or else be prepared for a lot of pain in picking at the edges. I also recommend nail clippers to trim as you go and a companion for moral support and assistance when you need it.

But with no further ado, THE PROCESS:

1. Take a piece of dental floss and carefully slide it underneath a lifting fake nail. It's easiest if you can get it along the entire length of your nail to start, but obviously that's not going to work all the time.

2. Slowly work the floss back and forth, moving across the nail.


3. If after a few fingers you are finding it too difficult or time-consuming to use just your one hand to remove your nails, now is the time to enlist the aid of your handy buddy in more than cheerleading. The process will move along much faster, trust me. However, the other person also has no sense of pain you might be feeling in having the nails tugged off (the gluier spots can hurt some), so keep in mind you are probably exchanging comfort for speed here.


4. Are all your fake nails off now? Good! You're done! High five, ya trooper!

After all this, you might be displeased to discover your real nails are not in the same condition they were pre-manicure.


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Right now, that's the point where I'm at. And since I am so cheap, I won't be going to the salon for a nice protective polish. However, there's a trip to Wal-Mart for some nail strengthener and nicer nail polish than I usually buy in my near future.

And sure, that might cost $8, but isn't that so much nicer than $35?


128 comments:

  1. Seriously, brilliant! The only reason I talk myself of getting fake nails these days is the removal; last time I used a screwdriver. LOL, now I don't have to worry about that! :)

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    1. its even easier to use a laminated business card... slide the corner of the card and gently slide it up and down and slowly work your way across your nail bed. i work one side of the nail and then switch to the other side so that it doesn't rip my natural nail under my acrylic.

      this also works if your crack your nail to low to cut it off.

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    2. If you can't handle taking nails off properly, don't get them in the first place. This is so dangerous because you risk tearing apart your natural nail, then if you're lucky and don't cause too much damage to yourself, you don't have to wait weeks for your damaged nail to grow out before painting them or doing anything with them. Talk to a nail tech, or one of the tons of people who do it from their home. You're an idiot if you try to take them off this way, coming from someone who's tried it and spent weeks with painfully damaged nails.

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    3. Wouldn't that make you an idiot as well since you've tried it. I don't find it kind to insult someone who didn't warrant such unkind words. Oddly enough several high end salons in NYC and LA use laminated cards to remove acrylic nails. They advise that their clients DON'T soak their nails off as it weakens the nail and thins it out. When you have the acrylics put on your nails are buffed so that the glue will adhere to it. No matter how they remove it, your nails will be torn in some places. Have an awesome day :)

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  2. soak them off,that picture looks both painful and damaging!

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    1. I'll readily admit and warn that it was a bit painful, but the stories I've heard about salon removal don't sound that much--if any--less so; while I can't speak from experience, supposedly a lot of salons will grind and buff away at the fake nail, or else the acetone can burn a ton. Plus, the damage would have been there anyway regardless of how I removed it, because of the process they used to prep the nail for the gel application.

      I am far away from a beauty expert, but everything in this post is exactly how it happened. Maybe others will have different experiences, and by all means go forth with caution because these are your fingernails we're talking about here, but it worked pretty well for me!

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    2. Before applying 'fake' nails, should you put on a nail strengthener or bottom clear coat? to help protect your real nails from the glue?

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    3. You get your fake nails done at a salon. They grind the top to make them rough, so the acrylic sticks better

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    4. I would try this over going to the salon and having them removed any day. I wore nails for years and when u got to the salon you sit for an hour or 2 only to have the person style have to pry some of them off. The natural nail no matter how long the get are crappy weak and filed to death. The only way to keep the length is with more overlay applied to the point it's not worth it. When u don't get over lay and just a manicure the nails are so thin and sensitive it's nerve racking why the file off all they old glue to leave them smooth. U can do all that at home without paying for the removal a new manicure and a protective polish saving almost $50. The pain was the same probably less because i didnt use a drill. When my health nail (with the health of Walmart and Sally Henson) grew back i vowed to never get another set unless it was a super special occasion. Even celebrates have started saying it's not worth the time pain or trouble opting for a short painted nail

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  3. I love this idea. I tried to soak mine in acetone nail polish remover last time, and it just about burned my fingertips off along with the acrylics! They were sooo tender for the rest of the day. Boo, chemicals.

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    1. You wont be loving the idea when I also removes your own nails....dont be such a cheep ass and get them removed properly or dont get them on in the first place. Twits.

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    2. Wow. You are rude and inconsiderate. Not everyone can afford to get them either done in the first place or get them taken off after. There are people out there that are less fortunate than your obviously rich, ignorant ass.

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    3. If you can't afford to maintain your nails, you shouldn't be getting them. I totally agree with Cheryl, this is a dangerous way of ruining your natural nail and if you're going to be a twat about it you shouldn't have acrylics in the first place.

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  4. Using just straight acetone soaked cotton balls/pads, placed against the nail and then held there wrapped with tin foil should keep you from the burning of your fingers.

    the best thing for your nails now is a nail strengthening polish like O.P.I. Nail Envy and a do NOT peel your polish off anymore, it will only prolong the weak nails.

    To help your nails grow out faster, take care of your cuticles and keep them moisturized with oils or creams, making sure to really rub it in really well.

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    1. Unfortunately the first tip on this will not work for gel or acrylic nails, though it will for a nails to which a gel polish has been applied. If you try that on gel nails I think it'll just end up peeling weird and causing more trouble than it's worth.

      The rest is great!!! My nails are still pretty weak even after the nail strengthener, so I'll go check out some creams or oils to help. Thanks :D

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    2. I am a certified Esthetician, and Nail Artist, and have specialized in artificial nail enhancements and nail art for over 16 years.
      I must tell you that Jessica's first tip WILL work on acrylic and gels formulated to soak off. If you have been to a "cheap" shop and have acrylic containing the chemical MMA applied then , no these cannot be soaked off in this way.
      To reiterate Kim's point, if a powder was used in applying your nails then they are not gel, they are acrylic. Unfortunately at some lesser salons they will apply acrylic and tell the unsuspecting client that it is gel, which they tout as being better for you, but of course usually more expensive.
      In conclusion, Evelyn, I would like to say that I am disappointed and heartsick that you would, in good Christian conscience, encourage people to put themselves through something with the potential to do lasting damage. It was your experience yes, and you have every right to share it, but to encourage others to damage themselves?
      I have seen firsthand permanently damaged nails from prying off of enhancements and always urge clients to find a reputable salon to have enhancements removed the right way. If you do your research, ask questions, you CAN find a salon that does things the proper way.

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    3. A. Hylidae, I have removed nails this way a few different times and have no lasting damage. In fact, most of my friends do it this way as well with no lasting damage.

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    4. @ jswheeldon: I'm happy to hear that you haven't damaged your nails, yet. When you do, please don't try to blame the nails or the technician who applied them. The damage is caused when you remove the nails forcibly, not when they are applied.

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  5. As a Certified Nail Technician I feel obligated to say this is VERY damaging to the natural nail. The only safe way to remove gels or acrylics is to soak them off - end of story. Popping them of this way you are literally shredding the surface of your natural nail, which sets you up for infections.

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    1. I agree. First off, gel nails are applied with GEL and cured under an ultraviolet lamp. Anything that involves powder and liquid is acrylic. Second, if nail enhancements are applied and removed properly there will be NO damage to the natural nail-it will look exactly how it did before you got them.

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    2. you are SO right, i saw this post and i seriusly got shocked, she damaged her nails so bad.

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    3. They will not look the same because technicians drill and buff your nails like crazy to help the fake ones adhere. THAT'S how your nails get thin. I use "the laminated card techinique" just fine as another person posted. I don't like soaking in acetone at all. Burns horribly.

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    4. Umm, I have gotten fake nails taken off at a salon, and they look the same. This was at several different salons, not just one, so I don't even bother anymore.

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    5. a proper nail tech would only lightly buff the shine from the natural nail plate, they shouldnt be filing the natural nail at all apart from the said shine buffing with a fine grit buffing block!!!

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  6. Highly NOT!! recommended extremely bad for your natural nail, can cause a lot of damage and this can really really hurt

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  7. Are u more information about acrylic nail designs If you do not want the nails to be dried under UV light, you can opt for those gel nail designs which are simply sprayed on. These kinds involve just a simple spray or brush of the nails with the gel which then dries conveniently. Women who are scared of the UV lights and their connection to cancer can opt for gel nail kits which do not come with the necessity of UV lights. By dipping the nails in plain water, the gel can be dried in the best way as well.

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    1. Uv lights do not give you cancer. https://www.facebook.com/notes/ongles-chez-victoria/uv-lamps-for-nail-services-are-safe/135652216599018

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    2. Gel cannot be cured with WATER, that's why there are lights made to cure the polish. As a nail tech that uses gel products every day in the salon, I use an LED lap instead of a UV lamp as not to scare off any clients.

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  8. The reason your nails do not look the same as pre-manicure is because YOU have ripped off the acrylic or gel as well as layers of your natural nail.

    Enjoy the next few months of sore, weakened nails constantly splitting and breaking as a result of foolish actions.

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    1. So they're never going to be the same again?!

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    2. They'll be fine, they will grow out. When you get them done professionally, they grind your nail to make them rough. It makes the acrylic stick better. Nichole is just full of it. Even when the salon removes then it looks like that.

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    3. I tried taking my gel nails off once, they were bubbling underneath and would actually rip off my natural nail because there was so much air underneath, so I wanted them all off. NOT RECOMMENDED! What remained of my nails were thin and ripped, and I filed most of the gel parts off. If you have issues with your nails talk to the person who put them on, sometimes its product that's gone bad and they haven't noticed, but don't try to remove them yourself!

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  9. I don't see how this is any different than how the salon does it. They take a fake nail a pry it back and forth under the acrylic nail to pop it off.

    Am I missing something?

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    1. Yes you are. If your nail technician removes acrylic and gel like that you should run out of her salon as fast as you can. It's one of the first things you learn during your nail tech education.

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    2. Well hmm... Alot of nail salons... Well basically all of them here in CT take them off the same. When the salon tool my nails off, they were damaged. When I took them off, they were damaged and might I add, when I took them off there was less pain. Regardless to the method you use to take them off..... Your NAIL WILL BE DAMAGED! neither is good for your natural nail. nail techs, It's not about getting business... It is what it is. The best way to go is NATURAL and that's fact. So expect damaged nails regardless to the method you choose. Using acetone to soak them off is just as damaging.... ITS ACETONE LOL and to be honest, it burns bad! I have SOOOOO many nail techs as friends and family and they say the same thing.... Fake nails and gel are not good for your natural nails... But their pretty and the salon has to make money!

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  10. FIRST If they are using a liquid powder mix that is Acrylic NOT GEL
    SECOND This is VERY DAMAGING as other people have said (LISTEN TO THEM they are the kind of Nail professionals you SHOULD see to get your nails done)
    THIRD If you are going to a place to get your nails done they should NOT over fill your nails, lie to you on what kind of product they are using, or RIP old product off.

    Now I understand these are not things they knew prior to getting your nails done but as a Professional Licensed Esthetician and Nail Tech that actually cares for the health of your nails when I saw this picture on pinterst I cringed!

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  11. soo damaging! safer and best if you just soak em in 100% acetone. they even have these cool beans tubs that you can soak and scrub the stuff off with a twist of your fingers. ladies dont pull them off ouch!

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  12. This will damage and weaken your nails! Do not attempt to do this. I speak from experience, removing them by pulling them off is the worst!
    Honestly all you need to do is take some pure acetone polish, take off the layer of polish, take a nail buffer block and rough up the top layer then soak in the artificial nail remover that you can easily buy at Walmart or any Walgreens, CVS etc.

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  13. Do not do this it's one of the worst things you can do ! Paying for of a removal is better than paying price of shit ruined nails you can't do anything with.

    Www.Facebook.com/kayliegh.nails

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  14. I'm also a Nail Tech and this way of removing nails is just not right . It removes the top layer of the nail surface . Soaking off the nail with cotton balls soaked in acetone wrapped in foil is the best way . Gel nails ....like everyone else has stated are not done with any powder . Do your research before going to a cheap salon to save a buck . It's not worth it in the end and as the saying goes " you get what you pay for "

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  15. I live in Ogden, UT. Do any of you ladies know where I can get my nails done by a reputable, honest salon? I can't find one to save my life and I refuse to go to one where the technicians either do not or refuse to speak English. Please help!

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    1. Check out Avalon school. I live in clearfield and go there for everything.

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  16. Please remove this blog post because everything about it is WRONG!!!! I'm a licensed Nail Tech so speaking as a professional there are so many things wrong here that I don't even know where to begin. I understand that you are not a professional but PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT share something like this before doing a little research at least. Like a few other comments made by some techs, if there is liquid and powder present and used IT IS NOT GEL, IT IS ACRYLIC and you just got lied too. Second, there are plenty of sources that you can find or call that can explain the proper way to remove your nails. FYI if they truly are Gels-and not just Gel Polish-you can NOT soak them off. They have to be removed my filing them down and of you go to a Tech that is licensed and knows his/her stuff, he/she will be able to remove them with out damaging your nail. Third, if you are going to salons that lie about what is being applies then turn around and pry off old product the you are choosing the wrong salons, more than likely they are NSS salons aka non-standard salons aka not following all the laws and regulations and not following proper procedures for application and removal and so much more. So PLEASE take a little time to research salons and Techs in your area to find someone who follows rules and knows what they are doing. You might pay more but that should be okay because you will be getting better quality service. Nail enhancements are an investment. Invest the time to take care of your nails, it's for your own health and safety.

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    1. Lol I am also a nail tech and just about died when I saw this !! The girl who keeps saying they grind your nail down to make the acrylic adhere they are most likely using MMA which is ILLEGAL !!!

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    2. I've had acrylic and dips many many times and they ALWAYS rough up the surface of your nail before applying the powder or mixture. I have been to salons all over the country and it is the same everywhere. My nails are always damaged and thin when the nails come off, regardless of whether I do the removal myself or if I have a professional do it. Either way, give it a few weeks and your nail will be grown out. I usually just keep a nice nail hardener on my nails until they grow out. It is the price you pay for getting fake nails.

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  17. I completely agree with everything Brooke has said! (except there are gel nails that CAN be soaked off that aren't gel polish - Bio-Sculpture, Brisa Lite, Cal Gel etc).

    You need to seek out a certified/licensed salon where the techs are properly trained, won't lie to you, and care about the health of your nails!

    This is one of the worst things you can recommend for someone to do. If you are warning people it might hurt, that should be a red flag to NOT do this to yourself.

    For all her blog followers, please do not try this! You'll regret it and end up with damaged, sore, weak nails!

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  18. Are you freaking kidding me?? You enjoy causing pain and damage? You're an idiot. If you aren't going to take the time and money to have them properly removed, then you should NOT be getting your nails done in the first place.

    Jenny and others...if you're going to a 'salon' and having them removed by someone who uses a tip (fake nail tip), you're probably not going to a LICENSED nail tech in the first place. I can pretty much guarantee you that you're going to a discount nail shop. That's far from what I would ever call a salon. Most of these discount shops use an acrylic liquid that is probably illegal in most states in the US. They buy in bulk and then pour it into bottles that say OPI or other quality brand names. Licensed nail techs can spot these nails very easily. You most likely have 'rings of fire' along the nails as they are growing out and when we file them, it stinks...like cat pee. You may not know the difference be WE do. Here's an example of 'rings of fire'. http://salon29.tripod.com/salon_nails/rings_of_fire_sent.jpg

    I'd also like to add that if you have enough lifting that allows you to slide dental floss under the enhancement, you have issues already! Having that much lifting allows for moisture to get under there and then you are asking for growth of bacteria.

    Please, don't listen to the author of this blog. If you're going to take the time to get your nails done, please go to a legitimate place to have them done and also removed if you choose to do that. Yes, you will pay more but you get what you pay for.

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  19. Soak them in ACETONE nail polish remover and they will come right off.

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  20. Boo to chemical but yay to ripping artificial nails off and damaging your natural nails? How about not having your nails done in the first place if you're not going to remove them properly?

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  21. "Note: Do NOT attempt this with nails that have had a gel polish applied. Gel polished nails are different from gel nails, which are applied with a powder instead of a polish and are similar to acrylic nails."

    What? You have no clue what you're talking about. There are no gels that are applied with powder. Gel is a honey-like substance. Acrylic is done with a liquid and powder. You really should quit giving advice on stuff when you have absolutely no clue what you're talking about.

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  22. What an interesting debate! I have gel nails (a honey like substance painted onto my nail bed by a tech using a small brush). I do not have extensions. Is buffing the only way to remove this type of nail? I'd appreciate an answer from someone who knows the kind of nails I'm talking about. They are NOT acrylics (ie a powder) or gel polish. Thank you :D

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    1. It's definitely gel polish you're talking about. Others have mentioned gel as enhancements in comparison to acrylics. Gel enhancements and gel polish are very different. You can buff down the top layer gently and use cotton balls soaked in acetone wrapped around your nail with foil for 10 minutes to soak them off easily.

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  23. I feel like none of you should be yelling at her. She's just sharing a way she's discovered to get her nails off. She's not telling anyone that they have to do it. Also, to the nail technicians who are talking about "permanent nail damage", that's not even possible. Your nails grow out and go right back to normal. I peeled mine off with my fingers, and my nails looked twice as bad as hers and grew out after around two months and are now perfectly healthy again. And while yes,I agree that it is horrible for your nails to just pop or peel your nails off,none of you should be telling her that it's unethical or wrong or mean, etc. to share a method she discovered.

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    1. OMG thanks so much I was so worried that it would be ruined forever...!

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    2. I agree Heather! The real shame should be on the people yelling at this woman! Nails grow out! Period! Who hasn't pried fake nails off at some point in their life? Pry those suckers off if they are a hindrance, throw some conditioning top coat on them and let them grow out. Done and done. They are acting like its a life or death situation. Its a simple way to pop them off that someone who doesn't spend a lot of time or money on her nails (like myself or this blogger) can use. Don't like it? Don't do it. But at the very least, be nice! One lady even brought up Christianity. Seriously?!?! They are nails! SHEESH!

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    3. Taking your nails off like this WILL give you "permanent" (it can take decades before they're back to normal) damage, if you do it continuously! Some people can do it 50 times before the damage is done, but people with very weak nails may only have to do it a few times before it's too late.

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    4. This post required bashing? I don't think so. I agree with the comments above. Relax, it's just nails. basically all of them here in CT take them off the same. When the salon tool my nails off, they were damaged. When I took them off, they were damaged and might I add, when I took them off there was less pain. Regardless to the method you use to take them off..... Your NAIL WILL BE DAMAGED! neither is good for your natural nail. nail techs, It's not about getting business... It is what it is. The best way to go is NATURAL and that's fact. So expect damaged nails regardless to the method you choose. Using acetone to soak them off is just as damaging.... ITS ACETONE LOL and to be honest, it burns bad! I have SOOOOO many nail techs as friends and family and they say the same thing.... Fake nails and gel are not good for your natural nails... But their pretty and the salon has to make money!

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    5. LOL "pry those suckers off" LOL so true....wow such an intense argument over some dead cells or protein.......hell I just wanted to know how to pry these suckers off and got into a heaven vs hell supernatural blog.......but I did laugh at your comment.....thanks.

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    6. No matter what way or who does it your nail beds will be impaired...we deal with it just like painful stilettos, having your hair foiled or tanning...if its unnaturally obtained there is expectations of complications...beauty is pain ladies 😊

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    7. No matter what way or who does it your nail beds will be impaired...we deal with it just like painful stilettos, having your hair foiled or tanning...if its unnaturally obtained there is expectations of complications...beauty is pain ladies 😊

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  24. The 1st time has been pertaining to the bachelorette celebration last Dec, as well as during that day out My partner and i only used a regular shine and it also chipped within just a few days.click here gel for nails

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  25. Wow! Apparently certified nail techs are mean and in a few cases snarky and rude! What a shame. I'm really glad that I do my own nails.

    Honey, next time just soak them off. I promise that with patience they will melt clean off. There is ALWAYS some damage to the natural nail in the end because of the process used to rough up your nail in order to get the things to not just peel off but it's much better than risking a tear low on your nail that will hurt until your nails grow out (which takes longer when there is serious damage).

    :) Take care of you (and don't let the fact that people forget their manners bring you down.) Have fun.

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    1. I have never had a good experience at a nail salon... They have all been snotty and rude.

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  26. Fortunately for me, I don't need fake nails and I would never do the gel, because of the ultraviolet light used to remove them. I do my own nails at home, and my husband lovingly does my pedicure for me. Really girls, save your money and don't give it to the snotty nail salon people who are on here bashing someone's intelligent way of getting her fake nails off. They don't really care about you or your nails, they only care about MONEY!

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    1. This is not true. Although I can see from other posts that those techs are being rude, not all of us are. I have almost 10 years experience and education to my clients is just as big of a deal to me as anything. I have clients that continue to check with me for recommendations even when they're taking breaks from my services and doing their own nail care at home. While this is my career and I do enjoy making a living, please do not take a couple people as speaking for the entire nail tech community.

      That being said, I do not believe anyone started off as wanting to bash anyone, they were simply passing along knowledge that she was causing a great deal more damage to her nail plate.

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    2. ^^^^^^ Exactly what Nici said!

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    3. Maybe you didn't read the same comments that everyone else did lol... Because thatz not passing on knowledge, it's just flat out rude. There's a way to talk to ppl and as stated, she never said her method was the #1 thing to do to get the nail off. She shared her method for others who might want to try it. And honestly, if you don't like that she shared her opinion..... Get off of her blog post! And post YOUR OWN! NowiI'm lady A and I approve this message!!

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  27. The nail salons pry them off also. Why should we pay for them to do it and hurt us when we can do it more safely. I used to have acrylic nails or gel, they probably lied to me and charged me what ever they wanted since I didn't speak their language. So don't jump down Evelyn's throat- she is just sharing how she got her nails off. The nail grinder damages our nails something terrible also!

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    1. Please seek out better quality salons in your area. You are visiting the wrong salons, these are often salons that discount their services and by paying such a cheap price for these types of services you are also getting shotty service and are putting yourself at risk of infection because these places are also known for crappy sanitation practices.

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  28. As a nail tech i have to STRONGLY advise nobody EVER do this. A bottle of pure acetone can be purchased at Sally's for about $3 to safely remove acrylics at home. Soak cotton in acetone and wrap in foil. You caused this damage yourself, acrylics should never be pried off. Get a bottle of Nail Tek strengthener, or OPI Nail Envy, they are the best on the market.

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  29. LOL...I have been doing my nails on and off, mostly on for over 20 years and when I go to the salon they do pry and buff off the acrylic and it looks the same as the picture above. Sometimes it hurts and burn, and I have to tell the technician to give me a few minutes for it to stop burning.

    Hers may be a rougher technique, and can cause damage if done too harshly, but I don't understand cursing her out. The botton line is that those of us who uses the salon for our nails will continue to do so; it sounds as if the technicians are afraid of losing clients.

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  30. My advise is to seek out a true professional salon that does not grind away at your nail plate. There are those of us that can safely apply acrylic and gel nails without damage to your natural nails, as you have here...however with that being said there is additional damage being done by prying the enhancements off with objects. Use acetone to soak them off. This takes a lot longer but is far less damaging. The main thing you will have to be diligent in doing for after care is using a good quality nail and cuticle oil, lotion, or cream to cut down on the drying effect of the acetone. By prying the enhancement off you are doing additional damage by removing more layers of nail plate leaving your nails more prone to splitting and tearing (even with the use of strengtheners).

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  31. What a brilliant idea. It really saves you much from going to salon to remove the gel polish. It is really an inexpensive way of removing it. Oh! I will definitely going to give this idea a try next time.

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  32. I love this idea it works great and so does the card trick! I do my own nails when I have time. Yes I can say it's damaging but most people about %80 of people pop them off instead of going back and having them removed I use to bite them off Yes it killed me but they came off and it was free. Also u can do it while doing anything. My nails would look bad regardless of me doing this or going and paying for it most nail places file the real nail to put on the fake one so that damages the nail to begin with so for all u saying that this will damage the nail so does getting them done but I'm sure ur not going to tell ppeople to stop getting them done. I myself find this way to hurt less then biting them or using anything to pry them off.

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  33. I am so angry that I got lied to! I had NO idea that when liquid and powder are used it wasnt Gel I have been going to this nail salon for along time getting them done and I pay good money and this whole time Ive been made a fool out of! Im going there tomorrow and giving them a piece of my mind and demanding my Gel money back!! Thanks for all the info ladies all was appreciated!

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  34. I don't understand why everyone is freaking out about how her nails look. That's not a result of her ripping off the nails, that's because when you have fake nails applied they buffer the surface so the acrylic will stick better. Mine looked exactly like that after I had them soaked off at a salon/

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    1. Buffing doesn't do the same damage as ripping does, even though it looks very much alike. If your nails looked exactly like hers after a soaking, then you should find a new nail tech.

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  35. So just to clear up the acrylic vs. gel debate; I get acrylic nails (applied with the powder & liquid) and then I get a gel top coat that is dried under the UV light. So this may be what Evelyn was meaning. And FYI not everyone can afford to go to a hot-shot nail salon that does everything right, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the fake nails that we can afford.

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  37. thanks. cheap way to remove fake nails http://howtoremoveacrylicnails101.blogspot.com/

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  38. After you remove them you can use a buffer to buff your nails then a smoothing buffer with different smoothing sides and work your way from softest to the shiney buffer to get nice smooth nails without having to re-polish!

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  39. As a licensed cosmetologist, this blog post makes me cringe. Never NEVER rip off acrylic or gel nails! You'll cause extreme damage to the nail, when ripping off the acrylic, your also ripping off layers of the natural nail. Go and spend 99 cents on acetone and soak them off. If you can afford to get your nails done, you can afford a dollar for acetone.

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  40. It is the biggest stupidity I've ever seen. By save a little money you have destroyed your nails. I do not understand how you can start to recommend gel nails. If you boot, you tear your nail and plenty weaken, causing frayed and sore. If you do not understand the issue left to the professionals and do not play list when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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  41. I have done multiple methods of removal. Both at the salon and at home. But the best way I have found is filing. I file them short, then I file the bulk of the thickness off. And I continue filing off the length as they grow out. This is nearly painless and the remaining acrylic protects my nail until my natural nail grows out. So no sensitive nail bed is exposed to the elements.

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    1. That's probably the best way I've heard of doing it so far. I just soaked off my acrylics with acetone, the correct way, and my nails still look damaged and feel sensitive now. I wish I'd have done this!

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  42. All I can suggest is going to this lovely lady's facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/NaileditNZ/photos/pb.380944321964327.-2207520000.1415525412./776042155787873/?type=3&theater ) as it shows what a proper removal looks like, with absolutely no damage.

    If you really want to do it at home, definitely use acetone and an acrylic file and just be patient. Damage is not only caused by improper removal but by improper application as has already been mentioned, so if you go somewhere and they're using anything other than a 180 grit file, and doing anything else but lightly removing the shine from the nail, then you get up and run and never go back.

    I don't mean to sound rude about any of this but it is something I'm quite passionate about, and I would hate to see lasting damage at the sake of convenience :( Also, just so we're clear, trauma to the finger and/or nail matrix *can* cause extremely long lasting and even permanent damage, seen here: http://pics.hpathy.com/traub-nov07-onycholysis.jpg

    Cleanliness in the salon is my other irk, so please don't think I'm trying to bash you, or others who remove their acrylics like this, I aim to educate people enough so they aren't scared of pampering themselves :)
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  47. after 2 trips in one week for a new set lifting, I started doing my acrylics at home. I have to say, yes, most salons cause crazy damage. But all the acrylic I have put on myself has caused no damage. I know this because I recently had to remove my whole set & start over. Removing the areas where the salon placed the acrylic is awful - it is extremely painful to even slowly grind it off with a drill buffer. When I do my own fills, there is no pain, no problems, it's just easy & beautiful. So it's hard to believe there will be no damage if it's done right- trust me, I never believed that! But it is very true. Salons should not grind your natural nail- all they need to do is lightly buff it with a file. And I still haven't figured out how they leave that nasty imprint line on the natural nail. I must've done 10 fills so far, & never created that line.

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  48. Oh, and at sally's I paid about $20 for a whole kit. It does take practice & molds will help - but after about 3 tries, you can get it. Totally worth avoiding this damage & saving all that salon money. I get tons of compliments on my pink & whites that I do at home.

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  50. The best way I have found to remove the fake nails is to just file the tips down short and let them grow out naturally. It may look a little funny for a while but at least you aren't doing any more damage.

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  65. I love this idea. I do my own nails. I don't even use acrylic, I buy the plastic glue on nails. Soaking these off is a joke. I've tried many times, and I always have to resort to prying them off. When I used to go to the salons, I went to the high dollar, high quality salon my grandmother went to... Guess what... My nails looked the same after they took the acrylics off as when I did. I got tired of paying to change my nails as often as I like, and started doing them myself. I pry the nails off when they need to be taken off. My nails look the same as when the salon would do it. I can't believe the hateful comments made on here. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but some should be kept to oneself..

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  66. This is an amazing tip! I haven't tried it yet but last time I had my nails done was for prom and I tried soaking them off and a million other methods and nothing. When they finially wore down enough I got them off and my nails were destroyed. It has been about a month and a half since and my nails grow slowly but I have been able to paint them and they have become strong. Only about the first 2 weeks are difficult on them as they are trying to grow extra layers back. All I did was take a extra fine buffing block I got from Sally's and buff it even then applied two coats of a base coat and it was like my nails weren't even damaged like you couldn't tell. My nails person even told me "you don't have to come in and get them removed" (I live really far from the salon and so does she so she helped me out) she said "regardless how you remove them the damage is remotely the same. Eventually they will just pop off and inflict the same damage or less than if I were to remove them." So with that said. Stop attacking each other saying things like "you're stupid to remove them like this" and everything. You don't agree with it you can click off the article. This is for people who can afford almost as much as the acrylics cost to get them removed. Thanks for this article I'm about to get my nails done and this will come in handy later.

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  67. This is an amazing tip! I haven't tried it yet but last time I had my nails done was for prom and I tried soaking them off and a million other methods and nothing. When they finially wore down enough I got them off and my nails were destroyed. It has been about a month and a half since and my nails grow slowly but I have been able to paint them and they have become strong. Only about the first 2 weeks are difficult on them as they are trying to grow extra layers back. All I did was take a extra fine buffing block I got from Sally's and buff it even then applied two coats of a base coat and it was like my nails weren't even damaged like you couldn't tell. My nails person even told me "you don't have to come in and get them removed" (I live really far from the salon and so does she so she helped me out) she said "regardless how you remove them the damage is remotely the same. Eventually they will just pop off and inflict the same damage or less than if I were to remove them." So with that said. Stop attacking each other saying things like "you're stupid to remove them like this" and everything. You don't agree with it you can click off the article. This is for people who can afford almost as much as the acrylics cost to get them removed. Thanks for this article I'm about to get my nails done and this will come in handy later.

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  68. I am a licensed nail tech/instructor...this is not a smart way to take your nails off, it causes way too much damage and you risk too much damage to the natural nail...I've seen the entire nail ripped out. It's really best to have a professional do the removal for you :)

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  69. I am a licensed nail tech/instructor...this is not a smart way to take your nails off, it causes way too much damage and you risk too much damage to the natural nail...I've seen the entire nail ripped out. It's really best to have a professional do the removal for you :)

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  70. I "googled" how to get salon nails removed at home and this is one of the many ways that was offered according to Google. I do have the $$ to have my nails removed if I wanted to go to a salon but I just chose to do this at home. I like the original posters idea (no judgement here) and I also read some of the comments. I chose to SLOWLY use acetone, cotton balls, and a nail file to SAFELY remove my nails. People love to pay for something that pampers them but seriously ladies...who wants to PAY to take that away? That is what it comes down to. Now I have $20 for a dinner out! Win~Win!

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