How to Remove Dip Powder Nails?

When applying dip powder nails, you will go through at least three layers of coating for each nail. So, how do you remove the dip powder polish from your nails without disfiguring your nails, or spending an eternity on getting one nail done? 

Below are helpful tips on how to remove dip powder nails, with help from Future Nail Store

What You Will Need

If you will be getting the dip powder nails at the salon, then there is little you can learn here. However, if you choose to do the removal process at home, then get your tools ready. You will need…

  • Nail clippers
  • A bowl
  • Pure acetone
  • Nail buffer
  • A metal cuticle pusher
  • A double-sided file – get one with two grits
  • Petroleum jelly

Step 1: Cut and File

Dip powder could add some extra length to your nails. If that is the case, cut down the extra length. File your nails to remove the top coating. If you have a double grit nail file, you can use the 100-grit side to remove the sealant. Buffing helps reduce the total time you spend removing the polish from your nails.

Step 2: Soak the Nails In An Acetone Bath

Acetone has been the longest-serving polish remover in the industry. So, it makes sense that you will have some at home for nail polish removal. However, it is not overly friendly on your skin. Before you get started, pour a small amount of acetone into the bowl. 

Apply a layer of petroleum jelly on the skin around your nails, but not the nails. This protects your skin from drying out.

Then, dip your hand in the bowl. Make sure the acetone completely covers your nails. Do this for 10-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your polish. If the bowl is not large enough to fit both hands, you can take turns, or use two bowls.

Take out your hand after 10 minutes and check whether the dip is flaking off. If not, submerge your hand in the acetone for a few more minutes.

Step 3: Remove the Dip From Your Nails

Once you notice the dip flaking off from your nails, you can use the metal cuticle pusher to push the dip powder polish gently from your nails. Make sure you do not apply too much pressure on your nails when doing this. If you have a hard time pushing the dip off, soak your nails in the acetone for a few more minutes.

Step 4: File and Shape

Likely, you might not get all the dip off your nails in one go. To remove the extra dip, use your 180-grit side file to buff your nails until they are smooth and consistent. Also, shape your nails according to your desired shape. If you notice your nails looking thin and fragile, you should keep them short. This will help prevent split or broken nails.

Step 5: Clean, Hydrate, and Massage

By now, your nails have gone through a lot. To help them get back to full health, clean them carefully. Then, we would recommend that you use hydrating oils on your nails. This will help atone for the damage to your skin and cuticles from the acetone.