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How to Remove Acrylics at Home Without Damaging Your Natural Nails

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Need to get your acrylic nails off, but don't have the time or patience to go to the salon? We have been there — but it pays to remove that manicure correctly instead of, say, prying them from your natural nails (ouch!) or mindlessly biting them off while absorbed in a binge TV-watching session.

Removing acrylics forcefully means removing some of the many layers of your natural nail plate, too, according to Savannah Walker, a professional nail artist and owner of Manifest Nail in New York City. "Usually this results in thin, flimsy, damaged nails, which last for months until they grow out," she says. And that's the best possible scenario! So, if you opt for acrylics, we suggest keeping this handy tool kit at home for a damage-free removal:

  1. 100-grit nail file
  2. 100% pure acetone nail polish remover
  3. Cotton balls
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. Small bowl
  6. Orange sticks or cuticle pusher
  7. Foam nail buffer


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