Now sometimes needs must and you have to remove your own acrylic extensions either due to the costs or because you are the unlucky victim of a filing accident which rips off 5 of your fake nails leaving you looking slightly moronic with days before your next nail appointment. I am sure you can tell this is what happened to me. I was so not born to file.
The items that you will need to soak off your nails.
Pure acetone or a product called 'get them off' which you can buy from superdrug (pictured above)
A bowl that is either glass, ceramic or metal to soak them off in, if you have two bowls this process will be a lot quicker
A nail file
A 4 way nail buffer
A strengthening product like Sally Hansen nailgrowth miracle or Nail Envy by OPI.
Remove any nail varnish you are wearing with acetone on cotton wool and cut down your acrylics as short as you can to save time
Fill the bowl(s) with acetone or acetone product and dunk your hands in. Leave for half an hour or 45 minutes if possible (sit in front of the tv or read a magazine to pass the time).
Slowly the acrylic will dissolve and you will be able to wipe it away with the cotton. Sometimes you will be able to scrape a few lumps off if they are really soft.
Once you have soaked all of the acrylic off you will probably be left with terrible looking nails like the pic below, but fear not we will try and sort them out. Safely remove of the acetone and then gently file your nails in one direction to get rid of the jagged edges.
Follow each stage of the 4 step nail buffer and hopefully all of those dodgy scaly bits will come off. Make special attention to step 2 and 4.
Once your nails are smooth apply a coat of the strengthening product and leave to dry, I like to paint underneath the end of the nail as well as it means they are strengthened from both sides.
Once that is dry apply the cuticle oil in a generous coat and then a coat of handcream
For the next week apply another coat of the strengthening product every day, then after a week remove with a gentle nailpolish remover, buff the nails with step 4 and apply another coat. Carry this on until either you get your next acrylic set or until your nails return to normal
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