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How to Remove Dip Nails, According to your Nail Technician

Since a trip to the salon isn't in the cards right now (ugh!) and nobody is down for unhealthy nails, we want to walk you through the removal process, as well as the best way to rehab nails after. Check out our tips, below.

How to Remove Dip Powder Nails Tools:

  1. Nail file

  2. Acetone

  3. Cotton balls

  4. Small bowl (optional)

  5. Foil (optional)


Step 1: Start by filing down the shiny topcoat.

The best way to remove dip at home is to file or buff off the shiny topcoat — this will allow the acetone to penetrate. To do so, use a fine emery board in a back and forth, side to side motion until the top layer of your nails look dull and covered with fine white dust. This indicates that the top layer of powder has been removed.

Step 2: Wrap nails with foil and acetone-soaked cotton.

As with any form of nail polish, acetone is a must. But save yourself the time and effort of rubbing your nails raw with a plain soaked cotton ball, as dip powder won’t come off in a simple stroke. Instead, place a drenched cotton ball on top of your buffed nail and wrap it in a small square of foil. Repeat for each nail. This will help the acetone sink into the powder, effectively dissolving its bond to the nail.

Step 3: Touch up the edges.

Once you peel off the foil or pull your fingers out of the bowl of acetone, the powder should rub right off.  However, if there’s any excess clinging on, a quick swipe of a cotton ball should do the trick.

Follow-Up Care

Once you’ve removed all traces of your dip powder manicure, take a break from dip powder and give your nails a breather. After removal, make sure to protect your nails by applying a few layers of a nourishing base coat to help strengthen the nails. Apply cuticle oil to the nails daily to keep nails and cuticles hydrated.

So, if can't get into the salon with your powder pro, be careful taking the matter into their own hands. Avoid picking and pulling the dip powder as soon as the first chip cracks into view. Peeling it off will tear off layers of your nails and instantly leave you with weak, brittle nails that can take months to fully grow out.

We hope that this helps you maintain your nails until we can see you in the salon again (hopefully soon!).

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