Removing acrylic nails at home is quite tricky, and its advised you go to a reputable salon to get them removed. If you do go into a salon and they to pry or pick off the nail, or if they cause you any pain, don't hesitate to leave. If you have time, make an appointment with me to get your product removed. It will save you time and hassle. If not, follow these steps below:
Things you'll need:
A small glass bowl
Orange wood stick
100% pure acetone
a nail file
and 30-60 minutes.
Step 1: Clip the length of the nail just past your finger. One clip with the toenail clippers on the edge of the enhancement should take the entire extension off. If not, clip the other side and gently remove the length of the nail.
Step 2: File the surface of the nail until it is no longer shiny. Acetone can't penetrate the surface of gel, and removing the top coat will ensure that the acetone can breakdown the acrylic. If the nail is thick, using the file, thin down the product before the next step. This will save time.
Step 3: Fill the bowl with enough acetone to cover your nails. Place your fingers in the acetone for 10 minutes. It is important that you leave the entire nail in the acetone for 10 straight minutes. Don't take them out to look at the progress or whatever. It will stop the acetone from breaking down and just cause it to take longer.
Step 4: Take your fingers out of the acetone, and use the orange wood stick and gentle pressure to scrape off the gummy acrylic surface.
This likely won't take off the entire nail in one go, so repeat steps 3 and 4 until the entire nail is removed, and you're left with your natural nail.
You can also use the tin-foil method, as described here.
Acetone is very drying, so I would recommend using a good quality cuticle oil to rehydrate your nail and the skin surrounding your nail. Also, a strengthening polish is a good idea. I recommend O.P.I's Nail Envy.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to call me.