How to Remove Dip Powder Nails

How to Remove Dip Powder Nails

By Milly / October 24, 2019

We love having our nails done all the time, especially for those so needed vacations once a year. When we go on a vacation we tend to go for those nails styles that last as long as possible and dip powder nails are one of them. Today we'll show you how to remove dip powder nails.

Dip powder manicure is a new technique which consists in coating the nails with powder and clear nail polish. This technique has become so popular because it's easy to apply and it lasts for almost a month. But since it lasts longer, this means to remove it, you may have to go to the nail salon again to remove it and you maybe don’t have the time for it.

With no time to go to the nail salon, you would want to remove the dip powder polish yourself by picking and pulling, which is a terrible idea. Luckily, you can remove dip powder nails at home in a proper way, without damaging your nails and we are going to show you exactly how.

How to Remove Dip Powder Nails

foil method

There are a few methods you can use to remove your dip powder nail polish. Removing them is fast and easy no matter which method you choose.

#1. Acetone and Aluminum Foil Method

Before diving into how to remove dip powder nails with acetone and aluminum foil method, we need to get a few items. Some of this you might already have at home and some you might need to purchase. Don't worry everything is easy to find.

You'll need:

Step 1: Soak the Cotton Balls in Acetone

In a small Ziploc bag, place 10 cotton balls and then pour some acetone. Close the bag and let the cotton balls soak for about 5 minutes.

Step 2: File the Top Layer of your Nails

Using a file nail gently file the shiny top of your nail making sure not to overdo it, we only want to slightly remove the top. By removing the top coat of your dip powder nail polish you make removing the dip powder way easier.

Step 3: Wrap your Nails with Aluminum Foil and the Soaked Cotton Balls

Take one soaked cotton ball out of the Ziploc bag and place it over your nail. Grab a piece of aluminum foil, big enough to wrap your nail along with your finger around. Gently wrap your nail and repeat the process for each nail. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

This method helps the acetone effectively sink into the dip powder, dissolving it from the nail.

Step 4: Remove the Foil from Your Nails and Touch up any Residues

Gently pressing onto the nail, remove the foil. The dip powder should come right off with the cotton ball, but if there is any leftover residue, simply take another cotton ball and a quick swipe should do it.

#2. Acetone Soak and Steaming Method

buffing gel nail polish

You’ll need:

  • Acetone
  • Large glass bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • Paper towel
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle pusher

Step 1: File the Top Layer of your Nails

Just like the other method, filling the top of your nail is also an important step. This will make the acetone soak into the dip powder more easily.

Step 2: Fill a Large Bowl with Hot Water

Fill a large glass bowl with hot water. The water should be hot but not burning. Place the bowl in the microwave and 1-2 minutes should do.

Step 3: Place Paper Towel in the Small Bowls and Cover it with Acetone

Fold some paper towels into the small bowl and cover it with enough acetone, then place the bowl into the large bowl with hot water. If you want to soak both your hands at the same time you will have to find a bowl big enough to fit the smaller bowls.

Step 4: Place your Hands into the Bowls to Soak

Gently place your hand or both if possible, into the small bowl with the paper towel soaked in acetone. Make sure the bowl is floating over the big bowl with hot water and not getting dipped in it. Let your nails soak for 10-15 minutes.

Step 5: Cover your Hands and Bowl with a Dry Towel

To achieve the steaming method, place a dry towel over your hands and the bowl. This will warm and help the acetone work more easily

Step 6: Remove the Dip Powder with the Paper Towel

Remove your nails from the soak and take the paper towel to remove the dip powder. Gently wipe off the powder using the paper towel, this should be quick and easy after the nails have been soaked for 10-15 minutes. If there is any residue left, use a cuticle pusher to remove it.

Follow-up Care Tips:

After removing your dip powder nail polish I'm sure you will want to go and get another manicure with a different design, but we recommend to wait at least 1-2 weeks. You need to give your nails time to breathe.

Dip powder manicures can last to almost a month, however, it is not recommended to leave it on that long. While dip powder nails are a better option the gels, they can still be bad for your nails. The keratin granulation and color pigments in the dip powders can cause spots on your nails. Also if the dip powder lifts off your nail, it can capture moisture, and this can cause fungus or infections.

It's always good to treat your nails after a long use of dip powder. To do this, combine flaxseed, coconut and vitamin E oils (equal parts) into a small bowl and massage into nails, hands, and cuticles. Do not rinse off. It's usually best to do this right before bed – this way, the oils have a chance to absorb into the nails and skin.

Now that you know how to remove dip powder nails at home, go ahead and get those perfect nails you ever wanted without worrying about how to remove it!

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