How to remove extended nails
Nail extensions are a great option for a long-lasting manicure, which is especially important in summer. But what if the nails have grown, and for some reason you cannot get to the master? Our topic is how to remove extended nails.
Do I need to remove extended nails?
One of the biggest nail myths is that "nails need to breathe". Nails are made up of several layers of dead, hardened cells and are unable to breathe or absorb oxygen from the nail plate. All the nutrients that the nail needs are absorbed through the bloodstream and not through external sources.
So why, until now, many girls believe that nails after acrylic extensions need to be given a break? And they also say with confidence that acrylic extensions ruined their nails. However, this is not quite true.
Any damage to the natural nail is usually the result of improper application or removal of the coating, overly aggressive processing of the nail plate, or bad habits such as nail biting. Therefore, a “respite” of a few weeks, or a couple of months, will not help you much.
When acrylic and gel extensions are properly applied, maintained and removed, nails should not deteriorate at all. If the manicure master does his job professionally, using high-quality materials, there is no need to remove extended nails for a long time to give them a rest.
It is the improper removal of extensions that is the main cause of nail damage. However, this doesn't seem to bother anyone. Very often I see the deplorable result of how the girls tried to tear off, or pick off the cover. Therefore, today I want to discuss with you how to safely remove extended nails at home on your own.
Removal of extended nails
When it comes to removing acrylic nails, acetone is your best savior. This strong liquid chemical dissolves acrylic nails and makes them easy to remove. I know you must be thinking that this might not be safe for the skin. Yes, acetone is not something your pens should come into contact with often, but aside from a little dryness and, in some rare cases, a little redness, it's fine to use. Just make sure you take the necessary security measures and you'll be fine.
There are two ways to soak nails in acetone: dip your hands in a container of liquid, or wrap your fingers in foil. Thanks to acetone, the polymer network swells until it breaks into pieces. If the acetone is slightly warm, the polymers will swell even faster. However, do not heat it too much, as this can provoke an allergic reaction or lead to burns.
To speed up the acrylic removal process, you can gently use a cuticle pusher every 10 minutes to remove the already dissolved product. Resist the temptation to apply too much pressure or try to scrape off undissolved material, as this can damage natural nails.
Removal of gel nails
Proper removal of gel nails is usually a matter of gently filing away the material - hard gel does not dissolve with acetone, although some types of gel polishes can be removed by soaking. The reason for this is that urethane acrylate oligomers, which are used to create hard gels, have a dense molecular structure resulting in a lower molecular weight. This makes them very resistant to solvents such as acetone.
But gel polishes marked "soak off", have a higher molecular weight, which allows them to "cooperate" favorably with acetone. For gel polish removal, I suggest you use the foil method, as it helps speed up the removal process and doesn't dry out your skin as much as soaking your fingers in a container of acetone.
Tips for removing extended nails
- First, remove the shine on your nails with a 150 grit file. Many top coats are acetone resistant and solvent resistant. By filing the top layer a little, you will break this protective barrier.
- If you need to remove acrylic nails, then you need to hold the nails in acetone for about 30-45 minutes. Do not remove your fingers from the acetone container, and do not unroll the foil ahead of time, as insufficient soaking will only slow down and complicate the process of removing extended nails.
- Always remember the safety rules when working with solvents. Do not place an open container of acetone near heat sources, and carry out the removal procedure in a well-ventilated area.
- Since acetone dries out nails and skin, after you've carefully removed the extensions, give yourself a mini manicure and pay special attention to moisturizing your nails.
I hope my information was useful to you. Be healthy and beautiful! :)