I have had acrylic nails for the past 12 years or so.
Had little breaks here and there but have had them on for 90% of that time.
I've been pretty open about the fact that I LOVE my acrylics.
I may be one of the few people left that do.
I have an announcement.
The nails are GONE!
Above you can see how badly I needed my nails to be done.
Baring in mind I decided to chronicle this partway through removal so they look worse here than they did.
Also note the remnants of glitter polish I was using to cover the growth
My ring nail shows how much growth I had, about 5 weeks after my last infills.
I had seen a few tutorials for removal of shellac so decided to take the same approach with acrylic removal.
I first buffed off the gel layer.
Applied cotton pads soaked in Acetone Nail Polish Remover and wrapped finger & pad in foil.
At this point I made a cup of tea and settled in for some Homeland...
I lasted about twenty minutes, which was not enough time to shift the acrylic.
I should of used pure acetone for a quicker effect.
I buffed the remainder of the acrylic until it was quite thin, then used an orange stick to peel off the acrylic. That hurt like nothing else and I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing that.
Not only did it hurt, but it also caused a lot of damage to the underlying nail.
I filed the very jagged tips with a glass file, and lightly buffed the nail as they were very damaged and peeling.
The above photo is after the file, buff and two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Cure.
I have been applying Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil like a maniac ever since.
No strengthens or hardeners over here. Many contain formaldehyde and I took off my artificial nails to reduce my chemical exposure.
Do you know any products that will make them stop hurting???