Friday, May 25, 2007

How to Remove Artificial Nails

Removing artificial nails can be a difficult and painful task. If possible, get artificial nails removed at the salon. Nail technicians us special tools and salon strength products that help remove nails painlessly and effectively. If it is not possible to get to the salon to have your artificial nails removed, consider a few tips to help make the job a bit easier.

Soak Nails to be Removed

First, soak the nails to be removed in warm water for a few minutes. Add a few drops of sesame oil or olive oil for extra moisture if your fingers are already dry. Soaking your nails will prepare them for comfortably being worked with and make sure you do not split or crack your skin.

Loosen the Nail with Non-acetone Nail Polish Remover

Non-acetone remover is less harsh on your natural nails, and should be used before acetone remover to try to soften and loosen the nail. Soak nails in remover for several minutes and rub off polish and top layers of artificial enamel with a cotton rag. Do not soak a nail that has an open cut or scratch to avoid stinging.

Be Careful with Nail Removal Tools

Manicuring tools used to remove artificial nails at home can damage your natural nail that is already weakened due to the artificial nail on top. If you try to use scissors, you could accidentally puncture your nail bed when trying to pry up a piece of acrylic or silicone. Poking and prying with a nail file can rip your nails and pry them away from the skin causing infections. Remember to keep soaking your nails, and start at the beginning of the process several times before expecting the nails to be totally removed.

Use Acetone Remover for Stubborn Nails

Acetone nail polish remover will help loosen and remove what the non-acetone nail polish couldn`t handle. Be careful of cuts on your fingers and use patience when trying to remove the nail.

Oil Your Natural Nails to Help Them Re-hydrate

Artificial nails dry out your nails because they do not allow your nails to breathe. Warm a little sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil and soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes for a hydrating treatment.

File Down the Excess Left on the Nail

There is a good chance you will not be able to remove every inch of silicone or acrylic bonded to your nail. For spots that are rugged, gently use a soft file to smooth down the nail, and buff it afterwards.

Moisturize your Hands

After soaking your fingers in harsh chemical solutions and picking at them, reward them with a gentle moisturizer. Sleep with cotton socks or moisture mitts for the maximum treatment.
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