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How to Remove False Nails at Home

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Remove False Nails at Home

Are you tired of your artificial nails? Have you lost one and fancy removing them all? If you're thinking about changing the image of your nails or want to go back to a natural look, but do not have the time to go to a beauty centre or a salon to see a professional, then pay close attention to this informative article on

We explain how to remove your acrylic nails without the dreaded discomfort which will occur if not done properly. It's easily done at home without having to spend much money. With patience and these simple tricks you will remove your false nails without damaging your natural one underneath and grow healthier and stronger in the future.

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Steps to follow:


You may already have the necessary materials for removing false nails at home, but you can get them at any store where you buy your cosmetics, like supermarkets or pharmacies. To remove the acrylic nails you will need: acetone, cotton, nail polish remover, aluminium foil, nail clippers or scissors and a nail file.


Before removing your false nails you must cut them as far down as you can. If you have some difficulty in doing so, they are probably too thick, so we recommend filing them down to reduce their size and making their removal faster, more simple and much more effective.

How to Remove False Nails at Home - Step 2

Mix the acetone with the nail polish remover in a bowl and dip your nails in this solution. Let them have a good soak for 5 to 6 minutes to soften the false nails whilst cleaning your real nails. Try not to leave them in for longer than indicated aboveas your skin may become irritated and your natural nails may be damaged.


Once the acrylic has softened, soak a cotton ball with more acetone, place it on the false nail you want to remove and cover the nail with a little aluminium foil. This will hold the ball in place like an aluminium jacket and should be left on for between 40 and 45 minutes, approximately. Attention: If you notice a feeling of warmth it is completely normal, the treatment is taking effect.

How to Remove False Nails at Home - Step 4

After the estimated time, slowly remove the foil. If the acrylic is soft enough, the false nail will come away with the paper. Therefore, we recommend not tugging on the foil too hard.


If this trick has not been effective, use a lollipop stick or spatula to help you. Try to lift the acrylic from the cuticle gradually. Remember that to carry out this step, the nail tip should be soft enough, so if you find yourself struggling be careful as you could hurt yourself. If this is not the case, slowly peel off the false nails with the help of the stick.


If there is still some nasty glue after removing the nail, soak a cotton ball with acetone and pass it over the area to remove that waste. Using the lollipop stick again might help and if there is still some residual glue, you can gently file your nails to finish off the cleaning process.


There you have it! Once you have removed your falsies wash your hands and moisturise them well. You can use essential oils such as coconut, almond or olive. In addition to nurturing them, these oils will give your nails a brighter look - perfect for the natural look.

How to Remove False Nails at Home - Step 8

If you want to learn more about manicure care, we recommend you read our articles in which we talk about How to Make Nail Polish Last Longerand How to Remove Nail Polish Without Acetone.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Remove False Nails at Home, we recommend you visit our Beauty & Personal Care category.

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Rita Mooney
Because nail bars are shut. My nails need to come off how do i do this
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Rita,

Have you followed the advice in the article?
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