Taking off acrylic nails after years of wear?

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Posted 8/3/2010 by AnastasiaBeaverhausn in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:24:12 PM
I am thinking (for cost and being tired of having them done) of having my acrylics removed tomorrow. I think I would prefer they soak them off v. them popping them off like they do when I get a new set put on.

Aside from sore fingers tomorrow and weak nails (I want them to cut them down short), what else can I do? I am thinking of getting some Nailtiques and applying that.

I go back to work in a month and I want them to be liveable by that time.

Any advice?

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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:26:24 PM
Nailtiques is a good idea. Also try soaking them in a little warm olive oil in the evening. Massage it in and let it soak in a bit.It'll take a while but the massaging will help increase the blood supply to your nail bed and cuticle area to promote new strong growth.

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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:45:37 PM
I bet you will have them put back on within two weeks. I have tried a couple of times. I have been wearing mine for over 30 years. They are hard to give up if you have worn them for a very long time.

Just saying......if you want to save yourself the pain and hassle of doing it. When I tried.....my fingers hurt for about a week. And then after that your real nails will be soft and tear very easy.



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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:46:58 PM

I bet you will have them put back on within two weeks.


I hear ya! That is exactly what I was thinking too! I am going to try! I fully expect to cave!

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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:47:36 PM
Owie ... BTDT. I will never have acrylic nails again! It took several months for my nails to be presentable at all, and they were painful for quite a while. I'd rather have less than perfect natural nails than destroy my nails with acrylics again!



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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:48:45 PM
I had mine taken off over a year ago after having them for over 10 years. They were soaked off (acetone-soaked paper towels wrapped in foil). They were weak as expected and still are as they have been all my life. I always keep some kind of polish on my nails.

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They are hard to give up if you have worn them for a very long time.



Not true. I've had no desire to put them back on. I've been liking the shorter nails.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:53:02 PM
I took mine off at the beginning of summer and have not regretted it at all. My fingers were sore for about a week and my nails were paper thin and tore easily for a while. I finally have my own healthy nails back and I am SO happy with them. I keep them short and nicely manicured and really don't miss the acrylics at all. As a matter of fact, even though I wore nails for years I never really got totally used to them and could always FEEL them on my fingers. LOL! Wierd I know. It is so nice to just have my nails on my hands. I do not miss the expense of them either. I will say though that I am unwilling to give up my pedicures though and just went and had one this morning!


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Posted: 8/3/2010 1:57:18 PM
I took mine off and only had them on since May. They need to come off and didn't want to spend the money to put them back on. Loved the look. My nails are very sore. After I popped them off myself I had to move. All the wear and tear of moving has left them very sore. I know they will get better and I'm just going to keep them short. I only had them done for my daughters wedding.

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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:11:46 PM
I rarely wear acrylic (only for special occasions) but I soaked them off at home with acetone.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:14:45 PM
"Popping" them off is usually a very great cause of the soreness. When you do that, you are removing several nail layers, plus pulling at the tissues that hold the nail onto the nail bed itself. It will also remove several layers of any new growth you may have that have not been damaged from filing.

Also, how your nails were done will affect how week they may be. Many salons use drills, which take off more layers than someone who hand files. I had both types...when I removed the drilled acrylic, my nails were a disaster and took several months before they were decent. With the hand filed nails, once I soaked them off, they were a bit brittle because they were long, but once they were filed down, took a lot less time to recover.

According to my manicurist, it is not the acrylic that makes our nails frail, but the filing to remove old acrylic and the filing to roughen up any new growth, so that the acrylic will adhere more securely.

If they were my nails, I would definitely have them soaked off. It takes awhile to soak them (about an hour) but the acrylic just turns to goo and can easily be scraped off with an orangewood stick. You may experience some soreness, but it definitely will not be at the same level as the damage done by popping them off. This also may save any new growth that you might have, which may help to decrease your grow out time.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:27:57 PM

I bet you will have them put back on within two weeks. I have tried a couple of times. I have been wearing mine for over 30 years. They are hard to give up if you have worn them for a very long time.



I had acrylics for 20 years and took them off about a year and a half ago because I was renovating my house. It's still hard to be without them to this day and almost every day I say I'm getting them back on.

It took a good year before my nail were semi-strong again. I hate that the polish chips a few days after applying it.

Just posting this make me want to get them done.

Good luck!




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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:36:22 PM
I took my acrylics off and it took ages for my nails to grow in healthy. They still tear easily but they always have.

I've been using a no-chip polish called Shellac. It is also set with UV lights but it is rock hard and really protects my nails well. It comes off in 5 minutes with pure acetone and doesn't strip your nail at all.

It's certainly not cheaper than acrylics but it is better for your nails. I can also go three weeks with a french polish before needing to get them redone.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:38:56 PM
You can soak them off at home. I was going to the salon and having them do it, but they basically rip them off and it HURT, plus you could still see where the old nails were before and I was getting lines.

I just buy the nail REMOVER stuff (don't accidentally buy nail polish remover stuff I did lol), and get a glass bowl. Soak your nails and then about ever 5 min or so, I'll take a paper towel and really wipe off the loose stuff. I'll also scrape them under the solution. It only takes me around 1/2 hour to do it this way.

For some reason they ALWAYS ask me when I took my nails off. I don't know if this annoys them or something, but it was hurting too bad the other way.

I can definitely tell a difference in the quality of my nails by soaking off vs ripping off.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 2:57:07 PM
I have been fighting with some for two weeks now

I have soaked and scrubbed and scrapped and I still have remnants and lines. ARGH

I hate the stupid things. I only get them when it's an emergency, which thankfully is very rare.

I hate this business of trying to get the to GO AWAY.


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Posted: 8/3/2010 5:55:26 PM
I am definitely going to have the salon soak them off. I figure that I am losing more layers of nail by having them take them off their usual way!

I do think that after a few days I will be back having them put on a new set though!! I'd love to save the time and money so I hope I don't cave. They aren't losing a client either - they do my eyebrows and I still need a pedicure!

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Posted: 8/3/2010 11:43:10 PM
I don't miss mine. Actually I can do more things without them. They were just a little sore but not much. Yes your nails will be VERY weak & will tear. I have found that using this clear coat stuff from Sally's called calcium nail builder (never heard of it until I saw it) helps a lot. I apply two coats once a week. It's helped with the ridges & they are growing a little, although my nails break easy/tear anyway (always have). They are harder than when I had the acrylic nails took off.

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Posted: 8/4/2010 8:41:13 PM
I was going to go to the salon today but Apple called and my new iPhone was in so priorities...

I stopped at Sally Beauty on the way home and bought a bottle of acetone and a bottle of stuff for after they come off. Tomorrow is the big day to take them off! Yikes!

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Posted: 8/4/2010 9:21:27 PM

"Popping" them off is usually a very great cause of the soreness. When you do that, you are removing several nail layers, plus pulling at the tissues that hold the nail onto the nail bed itself. It will also remove several layers of any new growth you may have that have not been damaged from filing.
I had these nails once, a few years ago. Boy, did it ever make me appreciate my natural nails - which they completely destroyed when they removed the acrylic ones at my request.

I could constantly see the sides of the nails separating from my own nail and nothing they ever did fixed it or stopped it - it bugged the crap out of me, lol.



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Posted: 8/4/2010 9:52:47 PM
There is life after acrylics!!

I have worn acrylics off and on for years and years. When I first started chemo I got grossed out by my acrylics and popped them off myself.

It took a good six months or maybe more while the weak nail beds grew out completely. I now have great nails and people always ask me if they are fake...

Keep them short and use a nail strengthener until the damaged nail bed has grown out. Regular manicures help too.

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Posted: 8/4/2010 10:00:02 PM
I used to wear them for years and don't really regret stopping. they were just silly to keep up for me.

Sally's Beauty should be able to tell you what to buy to soak them off. I'd wait until you have some good growth behind them that is your natural nail. just try filing at home and painting yourself for as long as they are still holding OK. it will mean less time with messed up nails and a stronger nailbed. as someone said it's the dremel filing that is really harsh on your nails.

if you have a Walmart with a salon in it they carry OPI products. I like the new Nail Envy polish. it's helped a bit. I do put a coat on every night to strengthen my nails a bit. if I don't wear nailpolish my nails tend to rip and tear really easy.



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Posted: 8/4/2010 10:30:50 PM
I always did my own manicures & had good nails, but about 5 years ago I started with the acrylics (easier for work). I've had them on & off since then. They soak the acrylics off and then they ARE paper thin for months. I've also had the UV nails and those are even more damaging to your nailbeds. I just got them taken off, and I swear, it was more painful than getting a tattoo!! They were picked off (at a salon) for about an hour of really painful tugging and tearing. I'll see how long I could last with my own.








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