How to Remove Dip Nails at Home
The time has come, the moment we have all been dreading…
It’s time to remove our dip manicures at home.
In an effort to not come out of this looking like a troll or one of those awful memes I have done a ton of research on this topic. I read all the articles and even reached out to a nail technician down in Los Angeles who gave me a ton of great tips to share. I linked all the supplies you need to Target for this post because Target has been on it for delivery lately (more so than Amazon) and it is an easy one-stop-shop.
What You Need to Buy
To Remove Dip Nails at Home
- Buffing Block | to remove the topcoat
- 100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover | this stuff is STRONG and will STAIN | be VERY careful with it
Double Zipper Sandwich Bags | any strong plastic bag will do | I doubled them up because the acetone was so strong
- Plastic Bowl | any bowl that you can fit one hand in will work | make sure that this is not a bowl that you EVER plan on eating out of <- just in case any of the acetone comes out of the sandwich bags
- Kitchen Towels | I linked an inexpensive version from Target, but honestly just grab a couple of rags. They will most likely get stained so don’t use anything that you love.
- Cotton Balls | just good to have on hand
- Nail Clippers | to trim your natural nails | I had no idea just how long my natural nails were until the dip came off
Now let’s get the dip off!
Before you get started set up a space (ideally outside) with all your supplies and lay down a rag to protect the surface. 100% acetone is VERY strong.
Step One: File Down the Top Coat | start off by filing or buffing the shiny top coat layer off your nails
Step Two: Soak Nails in Acetone | we are not just going to put our hands in a bowl of acetone! this is where the industry tips come in -> take the plastic bowl and fill it up with warm water, then double bag two sandwich bags and fill them with the acetone.
soak one hand in the sandwich bag while it is submerged in the plastic bowl. why? the warm water will prevent the acetone from getting cold and expedite the removal process. once your hand is submerged in the acetone/water cover the bowl with a rag.
the rag will keep the bowl warm and the fumes out of your face.
take your hand out of the plastic bowl after 30 minutes. dump the acetone out of the plastic bags, replace it with fresh acetone and soak your other hand for 30minutes.
Step Three: Wipe Remaining Powder Polish Off | once all of your fingers have soaked, take an acetone-soaked cotton ball and wipe any remaining powder off of your nails.
this entire process made my hands VERY dry
but let’s be honest, all of our hands are VERY dry right now
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I will update this post tomorrow once I get the fake nails on! I decided to give my nails the night off.