How to Remove SNS Nails Without Breaking Your Natural Ones

SNS nails are a trendy manicure choice as they are long-lasting and beautiful. The application process involves dipping the nails in powdered color before sealing them off with a topcoat. The beautiful result can last for as long as your nails outgrow it. Here’s how to remove SNS nails at home.

While going to a nail technician is your best bet, save yourself the stress by removing the nails yourself at the comfort of your home. Moreover, you do not want to result in pulling out biting the nails off as that can damage your natural nails. 

There are several ways to remove fake nails without damaging your nails. However, it is equally important to learn how to remove your SNS nails correctly without going to a nail technician. 

SEE: What Is Nail Dipping? Learn This Before You Get Dip Powder Nails

How to Remove SNS Nails at Home With Acetone

If you need to remove your dip nails or change to a new one, the best option is to use acetone. All you need for this method are things you can find around your home. 

What you need:

  • Nail file
  • Cotton wool
  • 100% pure acetone
  • Hot water
  • Oil

How to do it:

  • Pour the water into a small bowl
  • Place another bowl on top of the bowl containing the hot water
  • Place some cotton wool in the empty bowl
  • Soak the cotton wool in acetone
  • Use the nail file to buff off the top coat of your nails
  • Put the soaked cotton wools on your fingers
  • Allow the acetone to sit for a minute or two
  • Use the cotton wool to rub your fingernails 
  • Do this for about 5 minutes
  • Continue to repeat the process until you can take off the color and dip from the nails
  • Apply the oil to your natural nails to help replenish your nail cuticle and repair damage

This process is the most common and is often used by nail technicians. 

How Long Does Acetone Take to Remove SNS Nails?

It can take up to 20 minutes from using acetone to take off your fake nails. Other processes can take a bit longer than that to happen. Use cotton wool to wipe the color off after applying acetone to find out the right choice.

Can You Remove SNS Nails Without Acetone?

Acetone is a harsh chemical and you may not like the idea of using it on your nails. You don’t need to worry about taking off your nails as you can remove SNS nails without acetone.

You can decide to substitute the harsh chemicals with other DIY procedures that will help remove your fake nails. Ahead are interesting ways to remove SNS nails without shouting, while minimizing any possible damage.

How to Remove SNS Nails With Alcohol

Alcohol is a good alternative for acetone as it works effectively to remove fake nails. 

What you need:

  • Nail File
  • A small glass bowl
  • Alcohol
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cotton wool

How to do it:

  • Start by buffing off the topcoat on your nails to allow the alcohol to penetrate easily 
  • Pour out an adequate amount of alcohol into the glass bowl
  • Soak your cotton wool into it and place it on your fingernails
  • Alternatively, you can soak your fingernails into the bowl of alcohol
  • After soaking your nails in the alcohol for about 5 minutes, start scrubbing your nails with the cotton wool
  • Glide off all the dip powder and color on the nails 
  • Once you have successfully removed all the powder, nourish your nails with a cuticle oil

SEE: Get Fake Nails Off With These 6 Effective Nail Removal Techniques

How to Remove SNS Nails With Nail Polish Remover

This is another simple method of getting dip powder off your nails. Nail polish removers often contain acetone but not the pure version of it. 

What you need: 

  • Nail file
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls 
  • Cuticle oil

How to do it: 

  • Buff your nails topcoat with the file
  • Pour out some nail polish remover into a small bowl
  • Soak your nails in the solution for about 25 minutes
  • After the run time, you can start gliding off the dip powder from your nails with cotton balls
  • Use cuticle oil to replenish your nails after

How to Remove SNS Nails With Oil

You can also remove your SNS nails by using a mixture of soap, oil, and warm water. This method is best if your nails are already so old and worn out, as you won’t need to soak your nails for too long. 

What you need:

  • Get any oil like baby oil, olive oil, and so on
  • Dishwasher or detergent 
  • Hot water
  • Nail tip

How to do it: 

  • Use the nail tip to gently lift the corners of the nails
  • Mix oil and some soap in a small bowl of water
  • Soak your nails in the mixture for about 20 minutes
  • Use your nail tip to push out the dip nails
  • Resoak and repeat the process till you are left with your natural nails
  • Use a cuticle oil after

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How to Remove SNS Nails With Toothpaste and Baking Soda

You can use toothpaste and baking soda to get rid of the dip powder on your nails. 

What you need: 

  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl

How to do it:

  • Mix both toothpaste and baking soda in a small glass bowl for a while
  • Apply the mix to your fingernails
  • Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before gliding off the dip powder off your nails
  • Apply cuticle oils to repair damages to your nails

How to Remove SNS Nails With White Vinegar

Here’s a great alternative for acetone. It works effectively to dissolve dip powder and color on nails. 

What you need:

  • Nail file
  • Glass bowl
  • Cuticle nails
  • Distilled white vinegar

How to do it:

  • Start by buffing your nails to remove to think coat on it first
  • Pour the white vinegar into a bowl
  • Soak your fingers into the vinegar for 20 minutes
  • You can also soak cotton wools in the vinegar and place them on your fingers instead
  • After 20 minutes, use the cotton wools to glide down the dissolved powder on top of the nails 
  • If it doesn’t come off completely, repeat the soaking process till you achieve your desired result
  • Use cuticle oil to replenish your nails and make them feel healthy.

How to Remove SNS Nails With Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide also helps to remove SNS nails without having to go to the salon. This method is a great alternative for acetone

What you need:

  • Warm water
  • Cottle wool
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cuticle oil

How to do it:

  • Pour out two parts of hydrogen peroxide into a bowl with just one part of warm water
  • Soak your nails in the paste for 25 minutes
  • Check your nails and clean the regular process
  • Clean the layers of the nails till you can clean off all of it
  • Apply cuticle nails to strengthen your nails 

How to Take Off SNS Nails With Floss

This is a fast technique for taking off your nails with dental floss. However, this technique is not recommended as it is a fast process that can damage your similar. This technique can potentially damage your natural nails. That is why proper usage is required. 

What you need:

  • Dental floss stick
  • A friend to help you keep the floss taut
  • Toothpick
  • Cuticle oil

How to do it: 

  • Separate the flosser while keeping the edge pointed
  • Use a cuticle stick to raise the edges and corners
  • Lift only the dip powder by telling your friend to hold the floss taut and press it against your natural nails
  • Continue working on the floss until you can take the dip powder off totally
  • Ensure that you go slowly to avoid hurting your natural nails
  • Do this process until you take off your SNS nails completely
  • Use your cuticle oil to replenish your nails

Frequently Asked Questions

Do SNS damage nails?

No, it doesn’t. SNS are dip nails and the products are not capable of causing damage.

Just like every other nail, the removal process is when the damage is placed. If you forcefully take off your nails, it may peel off layers of your natural nails. It can cause the nail to become weak and even breathe. 

How much does it cost to remove SNS nails?

SNS nail removal usually costs around $5 to $10. A salon or a nail technician can decide to charge you more if they wish. 

If you don’t have money to spare, you can try any of the DIY methods today to make fast money. 

How long do SNS nail extensions last?

SNS nails last for a minimum of 3 weeks. However, your regrowth rate influences how long your fake nails will last. It may also take up to 6 weeks for your SNS nails to be due for removal. 

You can have the powder refilled to increase the lifespan of the fake nail. However, you will need to remove the color sometimes.


If you would like to save yourself the stress of walking into a salon, try removing your SNS at home. While most salons and professionals use acetone to remove dip powder from nails, you can use other less harmful chemicals in your skincare kit.

You can remove your SNS nails using white vinegar, toothpaste, baking soda, alcohol, and other remedies. However, you need to be careful with your nail removal process, as forcing nails off can damage your natural nails. Ensure that you use cuticle oil to replenish your nails.

Thanks for reading.

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