How to get dip nails off? What are best tips and methods to remove the dip nails?

Last Updated on December 9, 2022 by


Dip nails off is very easy. You can do it at home. People are using this nail art and this is now very famous.

 Easy to remove

Dip nails are longer-lasting than gel, but not quite as durable as acrylic. The best thing about dip powder is the fact that it’s very easy to remove. There are several ways you can go about doing this, but each technique has its pros and cons. Which one will work best for you depends on which products you already have available at home. So you can read our tips below:

5 ways to remove dip powder nails

Here are some ways by which we can remove the dip nails.

1. Soak

Materials needed:           

  • Acetone (found in nail polish remover) and aluminum foil.

This is the most popular and well-known way to remove SNS or dip powder nails because it only takes 10 minutes, but you need at least 30 minutes for your nails to dry completely. Wash your hands with soap and water, and apply a few coats of acetone-based nail polish remover on your finger tips (avoiding skin around your finger nails). Wrap each finger with aluminum foil (to reflect heat), soak for 10 minutes, then gently push back your cuticles using an orange stick. Finally, use cuticle oil and rub it into the skin surrounding your finger nails and cuticles.

2. Buff

Materials needed:

  • Nail buffer and nail file.

This is the cheapest and easiest way to remove dip nails, but it takes a long time — up to 30 minutes — to buff off each layer of powder. Wash your hands with soap and water, then use a nail-buffing block (a rubber tool with different abrasive surfaces) to remove each layer of SNS or dip powder from your nails. The more you buff, the thinner your powder will become until they’re completely gone! Be careful not to over-buff because this could damage your natural nail underneath. Use a fine grit buffer for best results.

3. Peel

Materials needed:

  • Elmer’s glue, cotton swabs, nail file or orange stick.

This is the most efficient way to remove dip nails because it only takes 10-15 minutes, but you need to be careful not to damage your natural nail underneath. Pour a dab of Elmer’s glue onto a flat surface (like a table or paper plate). Using a cotton swab, apply enough glue around the edge of each finger tip until they are completely covered in glue. Allow it dry for about five minutes until each layer becomes sticky. Finally, peel off each layer by pulling straight up on your finger tip with steady pressure. Be sure not to pull too soon because this could rip off chunks of your natural nail.

4. Dip into acetone

Materials needed:

  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs, nail file or orange stick.

This is the quickest and messiest way to remove your dip nails. Apply a few drops of acetone-based polish remover onto a cotton ball (make sure it’s not too saturated). Cover each finger tip using another cotton ball until it’s completely soaked. Keep replacing the cotton balls every five minutes until they stop bubbling — this means that all the powder has been removed from underneath! Finally, use a cuticle oil and rub it into any rough patches in the skin around your finger tips.

5. Sandpaper

Materials needed:

  • Nail filer or orange palm sander/buffer block, 100/180 grit sandpaper.

If you don’t have access to acetone-based nail polish remover, you can get the same results by using 100/180 grit sandpaper. This method is similar to the acetone soak because it only takes 10 minutes but your nails need to dry completely for 30 minutes afterwards. Soak each finger tip in water for 10 minutes before gently pushing back your cuticles using an orange stick or a flat head screwdriver. Finally, use a nail file to smooth out any rough patches around your cuticles and nail beds.

Tips and methods

Be sure that you only buff off SNS or dip powder one thin layer at a time. If you buff off too much product all at once, this could damage your natural nails underneath. And if unlike me you are trying to intentionally cause damage, be careful. If you’ve over-buffed and damaged your natural nail, it only takes a few days for it to grow out enough to stick out like a sore thumb.

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Removing glitter

Before you start removing your dip powder nails, make sure that you also remove any glitter or chunky glitters with those little hard plastic scrapers (or with the help of some tweezers). There is nothing worse than having gorgeous sparkly dip powder nails and then getting caught in the rain and losing all the glitter on one hand.

Note: May cause damage to natural nails if not used carefully.

Affects on nails

It may take several minutes of scrubbing to remove the paste completely. It may also cause skin around cuticles and nail beds to become irritated or dry due to acetone exposure.

Comes in a bottle (already premixed) but may take longer than other methods since you will need to wait for it to air dry after application before removing). More expensive than other options (though less expensive than gel polish). May leave thin residue over nails once removed. It can be found at beauty supply stores.

Where they are available?

It can be found at any drug store or grocery store. It is less expensive than most commercial removers (though more than acetone). Takes a few minutes to remove residue completely from skin and nails. It may cause skin around cuticles and nail beds to become irritated or dry due to acetone exposure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Removing dip nails off can effect on nails?

Yes, if you don’t follow the procedure then it will affect your nails.

  • Is it a difficult process to get dip nails off?

No, it is very simple and easy. You can do it at home easily. You just need the follow the process.