How Much is it to Remove Acrylic Nails & How to DIY Remove

How Much is it to Remove Acrylic Nails & How to DIY Remove
How Much is it to Remove Acrylic Nails & How to DIY Remove

Acrylic Nails are one of the most durable and long-lasting nail products available. But this advantage is also a double edged sword since it makes acrylic nails very difficult to remove. Citation.

This is why it is recommended that you have them removed by a professional at a nail salon. But it is possible to remove them at home.

Now, in this article, we will discuss the cost of removing acrylic nails. And the pros and cons of removing them at home and how to effectively DIY remove acrylic nails.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Acrylic Nails

The cost to remove acrylic nails is around $7-$18. The price will vary based on:

  • Location – removal cost will vary based on where you live. This difference is mainly due to difference in labor cost.
  • Type of Salon – High-end salons tend to cost more.
  • Whether you are getting another manicure – you might get a discount if you are taking another manicure.

When Should You Remove Acrylic Nails

The great thing about acrylic nails is that you don’t necessarily need to remove them when your nails grow out. Instead, you can just maintain them by filing the excess length down and doing a fill-in every 2-3 weeks.

Fill-ins are done to cover the gap at the back of the nails caused by natural nail growth. Once maintained well and with regular fill-ins Acrylic nails can potentially last 6-8 weeks or longer without chipping, lifting, or peeling.

So before removing acrylic nails ask your nail tech to file away excess length and to do a fill-in, rather than having to remove everything and do a whole new manicure.

Now its recommended that you remove acrylic nails when

How to DIY Acrylic Nail Fill-in at Home

If you just need a fill-in instead of a complete removal, you also DIY Fill-in at Home. You click here to read The 5 Ways How to Fill in Acrylic Nails At Home.

How Long Does It Take to Remove Acrylic Nails

Once professionally done, Acrylic nails take around 25-30 minutes to be removed.

Related Article: Acrylic Toenails 101 – Everything You Need to Know

How Acrylic Nails are Removed at a Nail Salon

  1. Firstly, the top layer of your acrylic nails will be filed using an electric nail file.
  2. Next, your acrylic nails will be covered with cotton pads that are soaked with pure acetone.
  3. And then wrapped with foil paper and left to soak for around 10 minutes.
  4. Finally, a cuticle pusher will be used to scrape away the soft acrylic.

Now some nail salons will use an electric nail file to file away most of the acrylic nails rather than use acetone.

How to DIY Remove Acrylic Nails At Home

Things you will need:

  1. Pure Acetone
  2. Nail File (either a low grit file or an electric one)
  3. Cotton Pads
  4. Foil Paper
  5. Cuticle pusher
  6. Nail Clipper


  1. Firstly, use a clipper to remove the excess length from your acrylic nails
  2. Secondly, use a nail file to file away the top layer of the acrylic nails
  3. Next, soak cotton pads with pure acetone and then wrap the pads directly on the acrylic nails.
  4. Then wrap the nails with foil to keep the cotton pads in place
  5. Leave the pads on for 15 minutes.
  6. Next, use a cuticle pusher to scrape away the soft acrylic.
  7. Finally, once the acrylic is off apply cuticle oil to moisturize your nails.

You can watch the video below for a more detailed guide.

Video of How to Remove Acrylic Nails At Home

Recommended Tools

1- Nail File – for a good nail to remove acrylic nails, click here to see the price for a 80 grit one on Amazon.

If you want to speed things up you can use an electric nail – click here to see the price for one that is perfect for beginners.

2- Acetone – only use pure acetone, click here to see the price for a bottle on Amazon.

How to Remove Without Acetone

Acetone can be extremely damaging to your nails and cuticles, and thankfully acrylic nails can be removed without using acetone.

I have an entire article that will guide you through step-by-step how to remove acrylic nails without using acetone. You can click here to read it.

How to Care For Nails After Acrylic Has Been Removed

I have an entire article where I share 7 Tips to Quickly Heal Damaged Nails After Acrylic

How to Prevent Acrylic Nails From Lifting

If you want acrylic nails to last longer I highly recommend that you read my 10 Reasons Why Acrylic Nails Lift & How to Fix & Prevent.


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