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Once you have gone more than four weeks without getting your acrylic nails filled or you have a missing or broken nail, you will likely need to remove your current set before putting on another. There are many do-it-yourself approaches found online, but many of them involve forcibly removing the acrylic nail. This process can also remove layers of your natural nail along with the acrylic nail causing your nails to become thin and weak. Salons often hastily remove them with a drill leaving unsightly indentions. Fortunately, there is a safe way to remove acrylic nails at home.

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1. Trim your nails

You want to start by trimming your acrylic nails to make them shorter. If you look at the underside of the acrylic nails, you can see where your natural nail has grown. You can trim just to the tip of the natural nail or trim your natural nail as well. If you don't have a nail trimming tool, you can use nail clippers and clip them on each side at the length you would like them to be. Next, proceed to trim small pieces off of the tip until you reach where you clipped them. You may find it easier to use toenail clippers since they open wider than regular nail clippers.

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