How to Transition from Artificial to Natural Nails

by angel eyes

Acrylic nails can be used to hide short, natural nails.

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Artificial nails are a way for women to have long, beautiful nails, especially for those who can't grow natural nails. The down side of artificial nails is that they don't last long. A month or so after getting artificial nails, the acrylic detaches from the cuticle because of natural nail growth underneath the artificial nail. The nails begin to look bad and the acrylic begins chipping and breaking. Some women may choose to have the nails redone by professionals or to take them off themselves. Following these simple steps will help aid in easy removal of artificial nails.

Items you will need

  • Nail clippers
  • Bowl
  • Acetone
  • Nail file
  • Hand towel
  • Cuticle and nail cream
  • Clear nail polish
Step 1

Using nail clippers, clip artificial nails down to the length of your natural nails underneath.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 a cup of acetone into a bowl and place your nails into the bowl to soak for 15 minutes. Completely submerge each nail in acetone.

Step 3

Use a cuticle stick and place it gently underneath the artificial nail. The nail should pop off easily. If it doesn't, soak the nails for five more minutes.

Step 4

Wash hands in warm soapy water and dry gently with a towel.

Step 5

File and shape nails gently with a nail file. Wash your hands in warm soapy water to remove nail debris.

Step 6

Rub the cuticle and nail cream into each nail until it's completely soaked into the nails. Wash off excess cream with warm water.

Step 7

Paint fingernails with a clear top coat nail polish. This strengthens nails and protect the them from splitting and breaking.

Warnings

  • Do not yank artificial nails off of the natural nail. This can be painful and can break and damage the natural nail. Open windows or run a fan when using acetone.

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About the Author

Dawn Fuller is 32-years-old and has been a freelance writer for three years. Dawn's work has been featured on Associated Content and eHow.com. Dawn holds a diploma in Business Office Technology from West Georgia Technical College.