Removing SNS Nails At Home – Expert Tips That Can Help

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Nail Care Tips | 0 comments

Removing SNS nails at home may seem like a daunting task. You don’t want to damage your precious nails, but you also don’t feel like going to the nail salon to get them removed. Well don’t worry, here are all the expert tips to safely remove your SNS nails at home. First let’s talk about why SNS nails are so great in the first place.




The newest manicure in salons are SNS nails. SNS stands for Signature Nail System. This is a new type of dip powder manicure. It helps to strengthen your nails while still giving the appearance of a gel like manicure.

But unlike a gel manicure, it does not require the extra equipment of a UV light to dry and it is gentler on your natural nails.

SNS nails are applied with a gel base and then dipped into a powder containing organically processed chemicals, such as benzoyl peroxide, titanium peroxide, and acrylic ester polymer that give the nails strength. After being dipped in the powder the nail hardens rapidly.

The popularity of these nails is due to their natural look and strength. SNS nails are much thinner than acrylic or gel making them look more natural in comparison. They are also stronger and more flexible than other manicures because of the ingredients in the powder. Less damage is usually done to your natural nails after an SNS manicure, another major reason for its popularity.

So now that you are sold on how great this type of manicure is, let’s talk about how to remove them once you get the manicure done. It is possible to safely remove your SNS nails at home without damaging your natural nails. The steps below tell you how to remove your SNS nails like an expert with other tips included, so your nails will remain healthy.




This is the most popular method of removing SNS nails. It also happens to be the same technique used to remove gel and acrylic nails. This method reduces the risk of damaging your natural nails. Here is what you will need:

  • 100% acetone
  • Cotton balls
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Nail Files/Nail buffer

Step 1: Remove the top layer of the nail by filing it down. You will know you have removed the top layer when you notice that the shine is gone from the nail. By taking this step you are breaking the nail’s “seal” and making it much easier to remove.

Step 2: Cut 10 small squares of aluminum foil. Each square needs to be large enough to fit around one finger.

Step 3: Saturate a cotton ball in acetone. The more acetone, the easier the nail will be removed.

Step 4: Place the saturated cotton ball on to the nail and wrap it securely with a piece of aluminum. Repeat steps 1-4 on each nail.

Step 5: Let the cotton balls wrapped in aluminum sit on your nails for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6: Carefully remove the aluminum foil and cotton ball from each nail. Apply pressure to the nail while doing so to remove as much product as possible.

Tip: If any product is left on the nail after removing SNS nails, take a cotton ball soaked in acetone and rub in a circular motion over the area that still has product. This step may have to be repeated a few times to remove the product completely. Avoid the urge to pick or scratch at the excess that is left on your nail. This can cause damage to your natural nail, defeating the purpose of getting SNS nails to begin with.




Once you’re finished removing SNS nails, it is important to give your nails an extra bit of TLC. You should file and buff your nails following removal to give them a nice shape and even texture. You should also apply some cuticle oil to your nails. If you notice that your nails feel a little weak, you may want to take a few extra steps to strengthen your nails more.

Weak nails need to be kept at a short length. If they are left too long, they are more likely to break. It is also very important to keep your nails moisturized. This can be done with the use of cuticle oil, hand cream, or nail serum. Make sure you are using these products regularly to ensure maximum results.

You may want to add a nail strengthener to your routine.  Adding good fats, like avocado, to your diet and vitamins, such as biotin, also help your nails to become stronger naturally. The last thing you need when trying to strengthen your nails is patience. It may seem like it is taking forever when trying to strengthen weakened nails but they will regrow.

Removing SNS nails safely without damaging your natural nails can by easy. Following the steps and tips above, the process is something that you can do from the comfort of your own home while catching up on your favorite shows. Now that you know all of the expert tips, you won’t have to make an extra trip to the nail salon.




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