No E-files. No Drills. No Problem! Removing your acrylic dip powder nails at home doesn't have to be daunting. In fact, you don't need any drills, special equipment, or expensive kits for taking off dip nails. All you need are common household items to save a trip to the salon for a dip nail removal in under 15 minutes.
PRO TIP: Before starting the removal process, heat water in a large microwave-safe bowl for approximately 1-2 minutes depending on the microwave and heat you’re comfortable with. Take caution when heating water to a comfortable temperature. Applying indirect heat to acetone will speed up the removal process. Warning: Never apply direct heat to acetone.
- Large, heat-safe or microwave-safe bowl
- Medium, glass, metal, or other acetone-safe bowl
- Used dryer sheet (cotton pads or paper towels can be substituted)
- 4-6 fl. oz. pure acetone
- DipWell Cuticle Drops (coconut, olive, or avocado oil can be substituted)
- 6-10 fl. oz. water
- Optional: hand towel large enough to cover hands and bowls
- Use a coarse, 100-grit nail file or buffer to buff away any shine from the topcoat’s superficial layer. Dust off or wash off filing debris.
PRO TIP: Buffing more of the superficial layer will result in a quicker soak-off time and easier removal.
- Coat fingertips and cuticles with oil.
PRO TIP: This prevents acetone from becoming too abrasive and drying to the skin.
- Place a used dryer sheet, cotton, or cotton pad into a medium-sized bowl, with enough acetone to submerge all fingernails.
- Gently place medium-sized bowl into the larger bowl of hot water.
- Soak nails in acetone.
- Place a towel over your hands and bowl to contain heat.
- While submerged, rub nails against the dryer sheet or cotton to allow acetone to penetrate through gel and dip powder layers. Allow nails to soak for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove any remaining dip products from nails with a file or buffer.
- Continue soaking, rubbing, and filing/buffing nails for as long as needed.
- Wash hands and fingertips with warm water and grease- cutting dish soap to remove excess oil and acetone.
PRO TIP: Clean nails with alcohol to remove any excess oil before applying a new mani.