How to Safely Remove Dip Nails and Acrylics Nails at Home
Today we're taking the time to answer your questions so you can give your nails the best care possible in case you can't get to the salon, and today, we’re talking about how to take off dip and acrylic nails at home.
You asked us how to remove dip nails at home, which can feel scary given salons are temporarily closed. Rest assured, it can be done, so we created a step-by-step guide to walk you through a safe removal all on your own – just make sure you follow the steps accordingly to prevent any damage to your nails, and if you have OPI Nail Envy on hand, that’s a plus.
Bonus! Dipping powders like OPI Powder Perfection are resin-based systems and an acrylic alternative, so these steps can be used to take off acrylic nails at home too.
What You’ll Need:
NOTE: If you do not have everything at hand, try reaching out to your salon or nail technician via Instagram, phone, or email, and ask if they’re able to put together a small removal rescue kit and get it to you.
If you don’t have access to foil to create removal wraps at home, you can also check out our DIY Dip Nails Removal video by soak-off in a bowl method below.
Pro Tip: You should always see some color! If you have it, we suggest a 180 file grit rather than a 240 grit or higher. The higher the grit, the finer the file. That just means it might take you longer to file down the product. But if you have to, use whatever file you have, and just make sure not to file down to the natural nail.
Pro Tip: Do not remove the foils from all 10 fingers because it will re-harden by the time you get to your last finger.
A note to our OPI Professionals:
You can connect with clients by sharing this post on how to take off dip and acrylic nails at home to offer them some guidance. If you still have access to your salon or professional products, OPI educator Julie Le suggests making at-home removal kits and DIY pedi kits for clients (she sold hers for $10) to make a little extra income. If you can’t ship these, look into other non-contact delivery options where available.