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Re: acrylic nail removal

Posted By: CM
Date: Monday, 5 September 2005, at 4:21 a.m.

In Response To: Re: acrylic nail removal (lauren)

Acetone is not an ingredient in nail polish, but rather it is a type of polish remover. There are two kinds (at least that I know of) made: acetone and non-acetone. Any bottle of nail polish remover will have the ingredients listed or a label on the front that tells whether it is acetone or non-acetone. The non-acetone will remover almost any polish (it doesn't work great on glitter and the like, but it works eventually.) Non-acetone will not remove artificial nails, though. Acetone nail polish remover is what you must buy to remove artificial nails.
Once you have remover there are basically two ways or removing the nails. Before you remocve the nails, you should trim off (length) as much excess fake nail as you can before getting to the real nail underneath. This leaves you with less mess to remove. You should also very gently file just a bit off the entire top surface of the nails to make them a bit thinner and to break any protective coating they may have. (Read the directions on the package from the nails if there are any; this will tell you if the nails need to be filed and if any extra steps should be taken for these particular nails. If the directions are not present or do not say anything about removal, assume the normal plan (clip, file, acetone,) will work. Be careful when filing the nails on top because you do not want to file the top of the natural nails underneath.
The first method is more common. To remove nails in this way you must pour about an inch or so of acetone polish remover into a bowl and place all ten fingertips into it. (You can use a bowl for each hand it that's easier.) You then cover the hands and bowl with a towel or waashcloth so they remover will not evaporate as quickly. If you wish to make the process work faster you can put the bowl(s) of acetone into a bigger bowl or sink of very hot water. (The water should not go entirely to the top of the bowls and should not get in them.) The hot water acts like a double boiler and warms the acetone, and acetone works more quickly if it's warm. The nails should soak in these bowls for twenty minutes to half an hour. The more you lift up the towel the more you waste by evaporation, and if you pull the nails out of the liquid before all of the acrylic is melted off then it will begin to harden again. Because of these factors, you are best off to be patient with this. When the fake nails have melted off or begun to melt some people like to use a nail file to scrape it off, but I prefer to use cotton balls or tissues because they will not scratch the natural nail like a nail file. If any acrylic material from the face nails remains then simply soak and wipe off a few more times until the process is complete. It should only take 10-15 minutes in hot water and 20-30 minutes in room temperature acetone. If the fake nails are made of an improper material not intended for that particular use, this can take as long as a couple hours.
A second approach is preferred by some people, but can be a bit more work. You first tear ten small pieces of aluminum foil. Soak ten cotton (nothing synthetic, real cotton) balls in acetone and then place them on the clipped and filed nail. then you wrap the pieces of foil around each fingertip. They should be tight enough to seal the acetone in but loose enough not to squeeze the acetone out. Wrapping the hands in dry towels will trap in warmth from the hands and warm the acetone. This should set for about half an hour without the towel or twenty minutes with the towel, (times are approximate, will be the same as the times when using the first method.)When the nais have soaked the foil and cotton should be pulled off of each fingertip applying slight pressure to pull off all material left on the real nail. If this does not work then re-wrap the fingertips and leet set a bit longer before trying again. Do this until all traces of the fake nails are gone.
Because acetone tends to dry skin, I advise that after you get your nails off and wash your hands very thoroughly, you massage some good hand lotion into your hands to re-moisturize your skin. You should also leave at least a clear top coat (colored polish is great too) on the real nails for a few days or more after removing the fake nails. This protects the newly-exposed nail.

I hope this explained all that you needed to know.

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acrylic nail removal
Viola -- Saturday, 25 December 1999, at 1:14 a.m.
Re: acrylic nail removal
GothTech"Nessa" -- Saturday, 25 December 1999, at 2:33 a.m.
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Viola -- Monday, 27 December 1999, at 10:44 a.m.
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GothTech"Nessa" -- Tuesday, 28 December 1999, at 1:07 a.m.
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Temi -- Sunday, 27 March 2005, at 11:35 p.m.
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lauren -- Saturday, 23 July 2005, at 1:04 a.m.
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CM -- Monday, 5 September 2005, at 4:21 a.m.
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Pampotts -- Tuesday, 15 November 2005, at 2:43 a.m.
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oumriel -- Saturday, 26 February 2000, at 5:40 a.m.
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new2nails -- Tuesday, 2 August 2005, at 4:42 a.m.
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CM -- Monday, 5 September 2005, at 3:55 a.m.
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Violet -- Thursday, 8 September 2005, at 2:44 p.m.
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Judy -- Monday, 19 September 2005, at 5:59 p.m.
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