How to Remove Dip Powder Nails Safely and Easily
Aug. 10, 2020
Dip powder removal requires that you remove the top coat first, soak your nails in pure acetone, and then buff off the remaining color. We delve into each step here.
Dip powder nails are awesomely durable—they can remain chip-resistant and flake-free for weeks.
Unfortunately, that means removing dip powder can be a chore. Get your nails bare again with our easy step-by-step guide.
What Do You Need to Take Off Dip Powder?
You won’t need anything too technical—your basic manicure essentials and one common household item will do the trick:
- Nail scissors.
- Aluminum foil or bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions
#1. Can You Remove Dip Powder Nails without Acetone?
No, you will need acetone—a solvent—to get the job done. Remember the difference between nail polish remover vs acetone is that not all polish removers contain acetone.
#2. Can You Pick Off Dip Nails?
Picking and peeling are huge no-nos for any manicure, and that applies double to dip nails. The powder is firmly bonded to your nails, which means you’ll be scratching off more than the color.
#3. How Much Does it Cost to Remove Dip Powder Nails?
The cost will depend on whether you ask for a new style or leave your nails unpolished. Some salons may not charge a fee. Still, DIY removal isn’t too harrowing: give it a chance!
5 Simple Steps to Bare Nails: DIY Dip Nail Removal
If you’re steeling yourself for hours of work, don’t be—your nails should be free and clear within half an hour. Let’s get started:
Step #1: Prep Your Space
Make sure your tools are in front of you, salon-style. We would also recommend putting an old towel down, as you don’t want acetone to get on anything.
Step #2: Cut Your Nails
No, we haven’t mixed up the order of the process. Dip powder can be notoriously stubborn to get rid of: the less nail you’re working with the better.
If several weeks have passed, let’s be real: you’re probably in need of trim anyway!
Step #3: File Off Top Coat
The top coat is a protective layer, which is great if your mani is fresh—but a hindrance if you want bare nails.
File the surface of each nail until they appear dull. The powder you’ll see is the top coat—wipe it off with cotton afterward.
Step #4: Acetone Removal
You can opt for one of two routes where it concerns acetone. Choose your preferred method:
Fill a bowl with enough acetone to allow you to fully immerse your nails. Then, dip them in and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
Next, attempt to wipe the powder off with an acetone-soaked piece of cotton. If you have no luck, try the acetone bath for another 10 minutes and repeat the process.
The powder should come off easily without much of a fight.
If the chemical bath idea sounds off-putting, foil wraps might be more comfortable. Drench a cotton ball in acetone and apply it to your nail so that it’s fully covered.
Tear off a piece of foil, then wrap it around your fingertip to hold the cotton in place. As with the acetone bath, let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes.
Step #5: Buff Clean
Use your nail buffer to remove any traces of color the acetone didn’t dissolve. You don’t need to grind at them, go gently.
Step #6: Pamper Your Nails (Optional)
Treat your nails to some well-deserved TLC once you’re done. Wash off any acetone traces, and apply a healing product such as Gena Healthy Hoof Cream.
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