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How to Remove False Nails The Best Way

author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Remove False Nails The Best Way
Lift the false nail using a cuticle pusher or metal nail file.

Acrylic nails provide a convenient way to cover natural nail problems, such as breaks, chips and disfigurements. If you have decided to forgo your false nails for a more natural look, prep them for removal to prevent damage to your natural nail bed. Soaking your nails prior to the removal creates a gap between the acrylic and your natural nail. This is the best way to help prevent the top layer of your natural nails from peeling off during the removal process.

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Step 1

Snip off the tips of each false nail using nail clippers. Clipping helps break the seal between your natural nail and the false nail, making removal easier.

Step 2

Fill two small glass bowls with 1 inch of acetone nail polish remover. Use bowls you do not eat out of, reserving them only for this purpose in the future.

Step 3

Submerge your nails in the acetone for 10 to 15 minutes. Within 10 to 15 minutes, the false nails should begin to become soft and gooey.

Step 4

Lift the false nails away from your natural nails using a cuticle pusher or a metal nail file. Slide the cuticle pusher between the false nail and your natural nail and pull up.

Step 5

Repeat the lifting process on all 10 nails. Wash your hands with soap and water to remove the acetone and false nail residues.

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