Learn How to Remove Dip Powder Nails Safely

how to remove dip powder nails

There’s a new manicure hack in town, and it’s called dip powder nails. It’s very easy to pull off at home, and it is said that it can actually outlast a gel manicure. The color is given by a very pigmented powder, and the process is simple. You apply a base, dip your nails in the color of your choosing and then finish off with a sealant. Nice and easy. However, is it easy to get it off as well? Learn how to remove dip powder nails safely right here.

There are two ways in which you can remove the dip powder nails. The good thing about it is that, since there are many layers to this process, the nails should snap right off, just like a little turtle shell.


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Method 1

The first thing you need to know is this. Never try to lift off the powder nail off your real nail using your bare hands or without having treated it with anything beforehand. It will damage your nail and hurt a lot.

Dip a cotton ball in acetone or your regular nail polish remover. Place it over your nail and wrap a piece of tin foil tightly over it. Make sure it covers your finger entirely. Leave it to rest for 20 minutes.

Remove the tin foil and the cotton ball. Start to gently press or prod at the powder nail with an orangewood stick. It should come right off, just like an acrylic gel does. If it doesn’t, just soak it more in acetone.

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Method 2

Dip your hands in a bowl of warm water for 20 minutes. This process will help dislodge the powder nails a bit and make them easier to come off.

The next step is to add copious amounts of nail oil all around the nail itself. When you’re done, take your orangewood stick and start prodding at the nails, one at a time. This process might take a bit of time. Be patient and don’t push more than you have to because otherwise, it will hurt.

Even more so, if you rush this process, the powder nails might take a bit of your own nail with them when you pull them off. Patience is the key to learning how to remove dip powder nails safely.

Since powder nails harden, they should come off all in one piece and not leave any debris or color on your nail. However, if that happens, you can simply wipe it off with a cotton ball dipped in acetone just like you normally do.

Here are the two ways in which you can learn how to remove dip powder nails safely. Either you do it with acetone or nail oil, be careful not to do it too fast or to remove the nails too forcefully so as not to hurt yourself. Other than that, have fun painting your nails!


  1. I recently had my nails done at a salon wanting to try the dip powder, the person they gave me ,had never done the new powder method, I had ever seen or had it done so after putting it on and taking it off (3 hours) he finally gave up and applied the powder with acetone and a brush ! To say the least I was stressed. My question is if this is safe or should I have them taken off

    • That does sound super frustrating! My advice would be to try the tactics and strategies we put in the article first, and then if it is still not coming off( which it should), I would go to a salon.


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