How to Remove Fake Acrylic Nails Yourself

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Acrylic nails make your hands look great, but after a while they start to chip. Then it's time for them to go. You can go to the salon and have them removed or you can do it yourself. Removing acrylic nails correctly will help save the nails underneath and make it easier to put new acrylic nails on.

Using fingernail clippers, cut your fake nails down as low as possible without damaging your real nails. This will make removing them a littler easier.

Cut and fold pieces of paper towel so they are about the size of your fingernail and 1/2-inch thick. You should have 10 total. One for each nail.

Dip each of your paper towel sections into acetone. You can find acetone at your local hardware store in the painting section. It will usually come in a metal tin.

Tape each piece of paper towel firmly against each acrylic nail with a piece a clear tape. Let the acetone dissolve the nail adhesive for about 15 minutes.

Remove the nails and scrap any excess adhesive off with a kitchen scouring pad.

Moisturize your nails and fingertips with an intensive healing lotion. Acetone will severely dry out your skin if left untreated.