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Removing Overlay Nails

I know I'm not alone, but lockdown this past year has forced this DIY thing but it's

fine, as I'm sure we've all picked up some small skills (I still prefer going to a nail shop though!) Check out my post here where I did a at home gel remover.

I got overlay done a few days before Christmas...then the nail shops got locked off again soo I got some supplies and removed them myself. It was very straight forward, just time consuming (I have 0 patience sometimes)- that's why I prefer to go to the shops, however gotta save them coins where you can!

Overlay is when a thin layer of acrylic powder added on top of your natural nails. I decided to go for this as I wanted to keep the natural length of my nails.

I definitely prefer this because my nails felt really strong and hard when I removed the overlay- which I was surprised about because when I get a full set taken off, my nails feel like paper (eek), extremely soft and they break very easily.

Below is a list of what you'll need and a quick step by step:

What you'll need:

  • Acetone

  • Nail file

  • Cuticle pusher

  • Glass dish

  • Two mini glass dishes

  • Two mini glass dishes

  • Boiling water

  • Base coat

  1. Boil water and pour into a medium sized dish. Place two mini dishes inside this

  2. Use nail file to file off the polish

  3. Soak your nails in the mini dishes for 15-20 mins (you might need a bit longer)

  4. Every now and again take your fingers out and use a cuticle pusher to scrap off the melting acrylic. You can also use some tissue to wipe it off- you'll notice the acrylic gradually becomes easier to scrap/wipe

  5. Once done cut down your nails to desired length and use a nail file/buffer

  6. Apply a base coat/nail hardener

Here's a quick clip of my process:


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