How To Safely Remove Acrylics Without Damaging Your Nails!

Some of you swear by gel and acrylic nails. If you always have your digits regularly cared for and looking tip top, you’re really the one we should be asking about caring for our falsies. But, there’s those in the world who only fiddle with the look of their fingernails at certain points in the year. Birthdays, holidays, weddings and certainly Christmas (oops - we promise that word won’t appear again for another eleven months!). If you have this kind of relationship with the nail salon, then we bet you’re also not too patient when it comes to removing them. 

Regardless of how long your acrylics last, your natural nails are always going to grow out. You’ll start to see growth from the cuticle bed after two weeks. There’s always the option to go and get your acrylics filled in, but if you’re OK having a some grow out on show, then an acrylic nail can last you 4-6 weeks. So if you treated yourself to some festive fingers, they’re probably looking ready for removal right about now. 

Whatever you do, do not bite, chew or rip them off no matter how strong the temptation is. If you remove your acrylics by force, it means you’re also removing some of the natural nail plate too. This will result in flimsy, thin, unhealthy and damaged nails, which will take a longer time to repair. 

Our recommendation is that you should always head back to the salon to have them removed properly by a pro, but we understand that this can be a costly exercise and January is notorious for being the worst month for money. So, here at Organica we’ve collated the following steps to safely remove your acrylics and nurture and nourish your natural nail in the best and most organic way possible! 

To Acetone Or Not To Acetone? 

This may be a surprise to you, but acetone actually occurs naturally in the environment. It can be found in plants, trees, and volcanic gases. However, because it evaporates rapidly, even from water and soil, the majority of acetone you can buy is of industrial origin. 

Acetone can definitely be used for occasional acrylic removal without stressing out your nails too much. But organic and natural nail polish removers are available if you’re electing to remove your false nails yourself more regularly.

Remove Your Acrylics, Step By Step! 

  1. Carefully clip: Using a clipper, cut off your excess acrylic and get as close to your real nails as possible.
  2. Buff up: Now you need to rough up the polish surface until the shine has disappeared with a nail buffer. Removing the top layer of your polish like this helps the acrylic to soften faster in the soak.
  3. Soak it: Pour your natural nail polish remover, or acetone if you decided to use it, into a bowl and submerge your nails. If you’re going natural, it does take longer so sit for 30-40 minutes. 100% acetone should take about 20. However, be sure to only dip your nail tips in a bowl of acetone so not to dry out the rest of your fingers and hands – acetone can be super tough skin!
  4. Push it: With a metal cuticle pusher, gently press the acrylic off each nail. Make sure to push from the cuticle downwards.
    (4a. Here you may find you need to repeat Step 3 for a further 5 minutes. Then return to gently pushing the acrylic down the nail again.)
  5. Buff off: There might be some residue of smaller acrylic pieces, so here, grab your buffer again and work them off (but don’t be too rough!)

Even if you follow these steps to a T, you still may be left with compromised natural nails. This will depend on how the salon applied the nail originally, but also on how delicately you remove them. If you’re patient - this can be a totally damage free process!

Protect Your Nails From Future Damage 

Acrylics aren’t natural, but they’re not necessarily bad for your nails. They most certainly can take their toll on nail health, though. 

Commit to nourishing your nails and load up with Organica’s all-natural, vegan and USA made Nail Guardian Serum. You will be naturally exposing your nails to required rejuvenation from ingredients like tea tree oil, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Vital vitamins and hydration are really what your nails need if using polish or applying acrylics - particularly in these winter months too! After removing your acrylics, be sure to lather a small amount of this gorgeously replenishing serum into the nails and fingers until fully absorbed and expect to see stronger, shinier and healthier nails in a matter of weeks if you use it regularly.

Devoted to your acrylics? A short time away from the chemicals in acrylics, polish and/or acetone can work wonders. Try to take a week off every month and in that time coat on the Nail Guardian Serum everyday to prevent breakage. 

Final thoughts

It really does pay to remove your acrylics properly, with patience, nourishment and care. Here at Organica we’re all about boosting your esteem and positivity using the most natural methods and products. If your acrylics give you confidence and make you feel fab, that’s super! Just be sure to be looking after the nails that lie beneath with as much care and attention too. It will be worth it in the long run!

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