There are so many amazing attributes that lead many people to choosing dip powder nails. One of the main reasons is that they last longer than most other manicure methods, even UV gel. Dip powder polish uses a combination of nail safe resin that is an adhesive, and fine colored powder to create a strong manicure that has the potential to last two to four weeks if taken care of properly. Since powder dipped nails are composed of several layers of resin and powder, it leaves an epoxy like a manicure that can be difficult to remove, especially if you are going to do it at home. Fear not; there are a few safe ways to remove dip powder from your nails at home without ruining your natural nail altogether.

The Baggy Method

The safest method to remove dip powder was given to us by SNS Nails. This is what they call the “Baggy Method.”

  1. Remove any decorations or enhancements with a nail file that has between 80 and 100 grit.
  2. Cut off the desired length of each nail. They are thick, so this may need to be done with a professional nail cutter or large-sized clippers.
  3. You will need a Ziploc bag, some cotton wool, and pure acetone to place in the bag. These will be larger pieces of wool, about 5 inches by 3 inches, not the small cotton balls. Add a healthy amount of acetone to the cotton wool.
  4. Fill a bin or bowl with warm water. Place the bag in the bin with warm water and allow the acetone’s temperature to rise.
  5. After the temperature has increased, place your fingers in the bag to help the dip from the nails dissolve. Be sure to move your fingers around the wool to accelerate the process. This takes around 5-7 minutes. Take your hand out, and you will find a clean nail, free of any dip or residue.
  6. To finish this off, you can lightly buff each nail and wipe it clean with a sterile alcohol wipe.

To see how this is done in real-time, check out this video SNS made.

Wrap Method

There is an alternate method to removing all the dip powder from your nail, which does not involve soaking. It’s not quite as simple or efficient, but it will do the trick nonetheless.

File Down the Top

First, you will take your file and buff it down from the top layer, slowly allowing the grains in the file to break down the powder. A simple back and forth motion are all it takes. Keep doing this until it looks like your nail is covered in fine white dust. Once you see this, you will know the top layer has been removed

Wrap Nails in Acetone

Since we are dealing with nails, it would be impossible to completely avoid acetone. Since you would have already filed your nails down, you will not have to rub your nails raw with towelettes until its clean. Instead, place a ball soaked in pure acetone on top of each nail for a few minutes. Repeat this process with each nail until it has effectively been dissolved.

Touch up the edges

After going through all the steps to remove your dip powder, you may notice there is still some powder left on the edge of the nail. This is common since the glue used to apply the powder is so strong. You may have to repeat the process again until the edge of your nail is clean from the gummy broken-down substance.

Important Final Step for Either Method

The final step in this process in potentially the most critical. Your nails and skin will be dehydrated from the acetone soaking and all the filing, and not to mention the daily wear and tear your hands take already. After your new manicure, be sure to go heavy on the hand creams and oils.

Either method you choose, removing the powder from your nails like this article suggests is the least damaging process. If you were to try to pick or force off the old manicure, you risk tearing off layers of your nail and instantly leaving you with brittle, weak nails which will take months to fully grow back.