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How to Remove Dip Powder Nails at Home in 4 Easy Steps!

Alright, so now you've learned how to apply your dip powder nails - but how do you remove them?

Dip powder nails are the biggest trend going on in the nail industry.  Everyone is absolutely obsessed with how simple it is to do at home, and how much they save from doing so.  They're durable, they last long, and can last 3 to 4 weeks if done correctly.  Also, many high-quality brands such as iGel Beauty include added vitamins and minerals in their powders to strengthen your nails!

While there are many articles teaching you how to apply dip powder nails at home - how do you remove them? Can it be done easily at home? Is it beginner-friendly?

And the answer is... it sure is! Read on below to learn the most fool-proof way for removing dip powder nails!

 What You’ll Need

  • 100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton balls.
  • Metal pusher or orangewood stick.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • A small bowl.
  • Buffer block or nail file.

Steps To Remove Dip Powder Nails

Make sure to cover the table or any surface you’re using then follow these four steps:

  1. File Down The Shiny Top-coat

Take a buffer or a nail file to remove the shiny top-coat. Keep filing or buffing the top-coat until the top layer of your nails is covered with white dust. Keep in mind to buff off the topcoat gently – don’t file it down to your nail bed!

Once the shiny top coat is removed, the acetone will penetrate more easily.

  1. Use Acetone To Remove The Dip

You don’t have to rub your nails raw with an acetone-soaked cotton ball. Here are two ways to use acetone for removing the dip powder manicure:

  • Wrap Your Nails In Foil

Take a cotton ball and thoroughly soak it in acetone remover. Place the soaked cotton ball on top of your nail and tightly wrap your nail in an aluminum foil. Repeat the same process on each nail. Leave the foil for 10 to 15 minutes.

The acetone will sink into the strong layers of resin and powder, and the manicure will come off easily and gently. Remember that you should work on one nail at a time. While removing the foil, gently rub the cotton ball along with the foil on your nails.

  • Soak Your Nails In Acetone

If you don’t have a foil, here’s another method. Take a small bowl and pour acetone remover into it. Soak your nails in acetone for 15 to 20 minutes. If you want to speed up the process, place a towel over the bowl.

After 15 to 20 minutes, the dip will loosen and flake off. There will be no need to scrape of the dip. If the dip doesn’t flake off easily, soak your nails for an additional five minutes.

Pro tip: Before applying the acetone, rub petroleum jelly around your cuticle and fingertips. It will keep the skin around your nails from drying out.

  1. Remove The Remaining Dip

After step 2, the manicure will flake off gently. You can use a metal pusher or an orangewood stick to remove the remaining bits off your nails. The dip will come off easily. There will be no need to apply pressure on your nail bed to remove the remaining dip.

  1. Buff, Shape, and Nourish

After removing the dip powder manicure, buff the surface of your nails to even out the top layer. You can use a nail file or buffer to buff the nails gently. Then shape your nails with a nail file and create your desired shape.

Don’t forget to nourish your nails. Acetone strips the moisture off your nails and dehydrates them. To moisturize your nails, apply cuticle oil and gently massage it into your nail beds. 

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