How to Remove Nail Tips

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Remove Nail Tips. Nail tips only last for so long. Over time, the artificial nails become soft and may begin to discolor. The nails may also become an annoyance because they get in the way of your daily activities. Perform these steps to remove nail tips.

Wash your hands thoroughly. Use antibacterial hand soap and make sure that you remove any debris found under the tips.

Remove nail polish with nail polish remover and a cotton ball. This prevents the nail polish from getting all over you when you put your fingers in the soak.

Soak your nails for at least 20 minutes. Place an acetone nail polish remover in a bowl big enough to allow all of your nails on one hand to soak at once. Look for a remover made from 100% acetone.

Use a cuticle stick to pry off the loosened nails. If you feel any pain, allow the nail tips to soak longer until they can be removed easily.

Buff your natural nails with a buffing block. This helps remove any leftover residue on the nails.

Moisturize your hands and nails. Nail tip removal can leave your cuticles and nail beds unsightly. Use a moisturizer and cuticle cream to revive the area.


  • Make sure that you are in a well ventilated part of the house when you remove the nail tips. To avoid major damage to your nails, get the tips removed by a professional at a nail salon.

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