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How To Remove Dip Nails At Home Safely

If you’re a nail care enthusiast like me, you surely love dip powder! It totally glams up the mani, and it’s also long-lasting and super easy to apply. But after all the fun and games, do you know how to remove dip nails properly without damaging the nail plates?

Let’s go over the whole process!

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The Best Practices on How to Take off Dip Powder Nails

Tools You Need:

  • Nail file
  • Cotton balls
  • Aluminum foil or nail clips
  • 100% Acetone
  • Bowl (optional)
  • Cuticle Oil

Step 1: File Down the Top Coat


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The first step on the journey of how to remove dip powder nails is to file down the shiny top coat.

Feel free to choose a filing or buffing nail file. Both options do a great job at leaving the dip coats vulnerable for the acetone to penetrate.

File the clear coat with a side-to-side motion by going back and forth across the fingernail beds.

A broken top coat looks like white dust. So when the nails get dull and dusty, you can move on to the next step.

Step 2: Soak Cotton Balls in Acetone

Like any other nail polish, effective removal requires the use of acetone for less damage.

Prepare a cotton ball for each of your fingers. Make sure the size is appropriate to fully cover the nail beds.

Soak the cotton balls in a bowl of 100% acetone. Leave them for 30 seconds and allow them to absorb the liquid.

Step 3: Apply Cotton Balls on Your Nails and Wrap Them

To proceed with the Nexgen nails removal, apply the damp cotton balls on your fingernails.

The nail beds should be completely covered to assure the acetone could sink into the powder polish.

Aluminum foil wraps are a great trick to help keep the cotton balls in place. They are also effective protection against acetone spillage. Alternatively, you can use nail clips.

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Step 4: Remove the Wrap and Cotton Balls


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Peel the foil off and remove the cotton balls from the fingernails to see the amazing result!

Upon removal, you will notice the bond between the polish and the nail is already dissolved. And the powder should rub right off.

Step 5: Wipe the Remaining Dip Polish Off

It’s completely normal to have some excess clinging on. Don’t worry, you don’t need to scrape any remaining bits off.

The remaining dip polish is easy to remove. Just wipe it off with an acetone-soaked cotton ball.

Step 6: Aftercare

Now that you know how to remove dip powder nails at home with minimum damage, don’t forget to take care of your fingernails. Aftercare is extremely important to keep your nails healthy and pretty — even without the mani!

Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize your hands and nails. My advice is to stick with daily application of cuticle oil to keep nails hydrated. You can also try a nourishing nail strengthening treatment.

If you are used to having manicures all the time, better give your nails a break once in a while. Refrain from doing your nails for a week every two to three months.

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As you can see, anyone can learn how to remove dip nails at home! No need to go to a professional nail salon for such a simple procedure. All the tools you need to start removing dip nails are just lying around your house.

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