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By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 27, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) Salons have been deemed non-essential businesses under Governor Gavin Newsom’s classification of businesses during this time of the COVID shutdown. That stated, many people may still have acrylic nails that are nearing the end of their shelf-life.

Acrylic nails are typically refilled every one to two weeks.  But now this nail maintenance timeline has been disrupted. 

Here are some tips on removing those tips supplied by Kiarasky Nails TV: 




1. Remove nail polish with polish remover or gently file off.

2. Soak nail in an acetone-soaked pad, wrapped in foil for 10-15 minutes.

3. Let soak until nail visibility appears softened.

4. Use a cuticle tool to slowly remove acrylic substance.


5. Use a file to shape the natural nail to the desired shape.


6. Buff nail.


7. Leave natural or apply desired nail polish.

Additionally, you can google "How to remove arcylic nails?" on YouTube if you are a visual learner.

Gel nail polish remover clips can also be ordered online or where available in stores.

Saving money while unemployed may also be paramount during these times and acrylic nails do cost money.  

Stores like CVS and Target also press on nails that can be applied if desired. 


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Acrylic nails removal

I have some helpful hints on acrylic nail removal Soak nails in Acetone polish remover this takes time Or Acrylic Nails remover Acrylic nail remover is best. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes Then slowly scrape acrylic off natural nail with a (popsicle stick) then soak again 10 to 20 minutes. Soak and gently scrape off layers of Acrylic gently not to damage the natural nails. This process takes time an hour or more depending on how thick the Acrylic nail. Soak then gently scrape off acrylic product. Then repeat until all acrylic is removed from nail. Acrylic nail remover is best. Silk wrap soak and remove silk wrap slowly and gently the same. After all product is removed gently shape and buff the natural nail. cuticle oil hand cream or lotion should be applied after removal of all product. Acetone and acrylic nail remover can be drying to cuticle nails and skin.