How to remove porcelain nails at home
If you feel it is time to remove your false nails, but you do not want to go to a beauty salon, then now is time to learn how to do it yourself step by step with the tips and tricks in this article on our blog. Read on to discover how to remove porcelain nails at home step by step and without hurting yourself.
Types of false nails: porcelain, acrylic and gel
Although there are a wide world of possibilities when choosing acrylic or porcelain nails, it is important that you know about the different nail types from porcelain to acrylic and gel. Below we tell you which are the most popular and give you some tips.
Nails for this type of manicure are made from fiberglass combined with a material called monomer or acrylic liquid. Mixed together this acrylic liquid forms a paste that is applied as a base. These nails are quite similar to acrylics, though they are more delicate and more expensive.
Acrylic nails are constructed from two materials: liquid monomer derived from plastic and solid polymer in powder form. Both materials mix well to form a paste that is applied to the natural nail and shaped with a file.
This type of nail is highly resistant and so are in high demand in the beauty world.
As for gel nails, these are applied on a resin base and are subjected to drying with an ultraviolet lamp. The original and fun designs, characteristic of this manicure, are made after applying the nail polish and fixer.
They are perfect for those who are looking for false nails that look natural and are usually removed using acetone like acrylic nails.
How to remove porcelain nails: different methods
There are different methods that can be used to remove porcelain nails without experiencing any pain or discomfort. Next, we detail the steps to follow for each of them so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
With acetone and aluminium foil
- Cut and file the edge of the nail with a file used to polish your nails. This step will make them easier to remove.
- Remove any polish.
- Dampen a cotton ball or a makeup remover pad with acetone and place it on top of your nail.
- Wrap your nail, with the acetone soaked beauty pad, in a piece of aluminium foil and allow it to create some heat. This will make the glue dissolve slowly to allow easy removal or your acrylic or porcelain nails.
- Leave it on for half an hour and then remove the false nails. With the help of an orange stick, get rid of any remaining glue.
- Use a moisturiser to take care of your nails and keep the skin on your hands and cuticles hydrated after the process.
With a file
If you are going to follow this method, we recommend being patient because it will take longer. In addition, you must be careful not to damage the natural nail by filing excessively.
- Step one is to shorten the length of the nail with a nail clipper.
- With a polishing file, minimise the layer of the false nail and be careful not to damage your natural nail.
- Remove the remains with a normal file or an orange stick.
- Apply an oil or moisturiser to get some moisture locked in to your skin and cuticles again.
With olive oil
This method of removing your manicure involves soaking your nails in a bowl filled with oil so that the glue softens. This way, you will make the false nail come off more easily.
After clipping and filing your nails as much as possible place them in a bowl full of olive oil for at least 15 minutes. Then you can take them off and use an orange stick to get rid of the remains.
With dental floss
Another ideal method for when you don't have acetone or remover products at home is to floss. Although you must be careful to avoid damaging your own nail.
- Use a nail clipper as a lever over the growth area of your natural nail to lift the porcelain nail a bit.
- For step 2, insert the dental floss at the bottom edge and gradually slide it under the entire porcelain nail to peel it off until the end.
- This technique is a bit aggressive and it is best to hydrate your nails well after the process.
Tips to keep in mind
It is good to always have a nail clipper on hand, as it will greatly facilitate the work of trimming the length of your porcelain nail, something essential before choosing any of these methods.
On the other hand, do not forget the petroleum jelly, oil or moisturiser to treat your hands and nails after the abuse that can cause exposure to artificial materials such as acetone.