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Hi there, nail enthusiasts! Have you ever stared down at your beautiful acrylic nails and wondered, “How do I remove these without going to the salon?” Well, if biting, prying, and forcing them off seems like your only options, it’s time to hit pause. Let’s save your natural nails the stress and explore a gentler, more effective approach.

In this article, we’re decoding Olive Destiny’s expert advice on how to pop off acrylic nails, with not just one but two efficient methods! No more damaging your nails, no more expensive salon visits. Ready to dive in? Here we go!


Method One: The Soak-Off

According to Olive, you’re going to need acetone for this process – sorry, nail polish remover won’t cut it here.

Step 1 is all about trimming down your acrylic nails. Be careful if you have longer natural nails underneath because you might want to keep them intact. Once you’ve clipped off the excess length, it’s time for a soaking session.

Grab some acetone, a plastic bag (a small sandwich bag works best), and let your nails soak for about 10-15 minutes. To speed up the soaking time, you could also immerse your acetone-soaked hand into a warm water bowl. Once the acrylic has softened, gently file it away and place your hand back in the bag or bowl to continue soaking.

Olive also shares a handy tip for situations where you only have a small amount of acetone left: take a small jar, pour in the acetone, and soak one finger at a time, covering the jar with a towel to accelerate the process.


Method Two: The Wrap-Off

Olive’s second method involves wrapping your nails in acetone-soaked cotton balls, covered with aluminum foil. This, Olive confesses, is one of her favorite techniques.

Tear the aluminum foil into strips that are long enough to wrap around your nails. Saturate the cotton ball in acetone and place it on top of your nail, wrapping it securely with the foil strip. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes, and then gently file off the softened acrylic.

A fun tip from Olive: you can “slap” the foil wraps off, rather than unwrapping them, making it easier to reapply for further soaking.

Aftercare: Your Nails Deserve Pampering

After either method, it’s crucial to nourish your nails. Olive recommends a DIY sugar scrub consisting of brown and white sugar, mixed with olive oil. This will not only help remove the last bits of acrylic and acetone but also moisturize and nourish your natural nails.

And voila!

With this guide, popping off acrylic nails becomes a breeze, and you can wave goodbye to damaged natural nails. Enjoy the freedom of switching up your nail style right at home, and remember to treat your nails with love and care! Happy popping!


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