Q. How can I remove my artificial nails and will there be much damage?

A. After Acrylic Nails (or any other artificial nail service)
Many times after a client decides to remove their artificial nails they are dismayed at the condition of their natural nail.
This is caused by many factors.
If your nail tech was aggressive with her file or drill use techniques you may have very thin nail plates at the time of removal. Red or pink areas on the nail plate denote thin nail plate and damaged areas.
This damage can also be caused by improper removal of artificial nails. Nail products attach themselves to the layers of the nail plate. If you remove them by force (picking, biting or chipping them off), nail plate is removed with the product causing a damaged nail and nail plate.

Proper removal of artificial nail products involves soaking the product off with a removal product, or growing them off slowly.
If they are properly removed AND you nail tech was not a demon with the file your nails will be a little soft at first but toughen up in the next day or two.
Nail plates are like your skin ( they are, after all, made from the same cells). When you wear shoes all winter your feet are soft and tender, when summer comes and you wear sandals or go barefoot your feet develop thicker skin and calluses.
Nails after they have been protected from the environment by artificial coverings are soft and flexible upon removal. Once exposed to the environment they will thicken and toughen up.
Claims that a customers nails have never been the same since they wore artificial nails are not true because the nail technician can not alter the nails that your body produces. They can just alter the nail that is exposed during the nail service.
If the nail technician damaged your matrix in the course of your service THEN your nails may never be the same...but if your matrix (the moon area of your nail) was damaged during a service YOU WOULD KNOW IT.
Many times a client (you) just does not remember how bad their nails really were before they started having nails applied.

Listed below are some of the things you can do to help you through the AFTER NAILS life.
Remove your artificial nails in a proper manner - have a reputable salon do it and perform a manicure after or you can do it at home (we highly recommend a salon visit).
Shorten the nails. You will not be able to maintain much length in the first couple of weeks after the removal of your artificial nails so shorten them now.
File the surface of the artificial nail product to reduce thickness and bulk with a course board (80 or 100 grit) making sure NOT to file the natural nail.
Place the soaking agent in a glass or chemical resistant bowl. If the product remover bottle could be placed in hot water to make it warm before using... the warm product remover works much faster.
Place your fingers in the bowl and place a towel over your hand and the bowl to keep the warmth in. Try not to take your fingertips out of the solution to look at them because every time the air hits the softened product it will start to re-harden.
After 5 minutes use a manicure stick to scrap at some of the product while it is still in the bowl. Continue this course until all product is softened and removed. Remember: Do not expose the softened product to air or it will increase your removal time.
(Alternative method of removal) Many nail techs have found this idea works. Coat your skin surrounding the nails with a good thick lotion to protect your skin.
Next, soak a cotton ball in the product remover and place it on the nail surface. Try to keep it only on the surface of the nail NOT your skin. Then wrap the fingertip and nail in tin foil, this will retain your body heat in increase the speed of melt down.
The nails should come off in about 10 to 15 minutes depending on how thick the product was.

After the removal
Once you have gotten the majority of product off, use a white block buffer to remove any last traces of product. Next use the 3 way natural nail buffer to bring nail surface to a shine.
If your nails are extremely weak you may need a reinforcement treatment temporarily.
Re-moisturize the nail plate with a hot oil manicure or Lotion and Cuticle Cream & Revitalizing Oils. This helps your nails maintain a waterproof effect and keeps them flexible.  There are wonderful manicures designed to help get your nails back in great condition.  
Keep a Nail Sealing Top Coat on your nails even if you are not planning on wearing any colored polish. 4 coats minimum for day to day living.
To eliminate breaks you should keep a file with you at all times and never try to fix a snag in your nail with your teeth. There are small files that fit right in your wallet.
Keep one in your car glove box as well. How many times have you sat in traffic and picked at your nails?
Daily attention as well as twice daily application of your cuticle cream and Revitalizing Oil will help your nails grow long and strong guaranteed.

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