I thought removing my acrylic nails at home would be a terrible idea. I thought I'd need industrial strength chemicals and a jackhammer, but it turns out the only supplies I needed were three things I already had in my bathroom closet...

My nails after their latest fill-in on October 15th. They were SO PRETTY! (Meg Summers, TSM)
My nails after their latest fill-in on October 15th. They were SO PRETTY! (Meg Summers, TSM)
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I've had acrylic nails for the past month; I had them put on before my sister's wedding, and they were filed and filled in a few weeks ago. They looked amazing. I was all about my acrylics until one of my nails broke; it was Sunday night, and I was working at 'Malice in Otherworld.' I was super bummed that my marvelous manicure was ruined. SAD TROMBONE.

Here's my nail after the tip broke off. In less than an hour, I'd picked the rest of the acrylic off with my bare hands. Bad idea. (Meg Summers/TSM)
Here's my nail after the tip broke off. In less than an hour, I'd picked the rest of the acrylic off with my bare hands. Bad idea. (Meg Summers/TSM)
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I was also extremely annoyed; I knew I didn't have time to go to the salon and have my nails fixed by a professional. I couldn't stop picking at my broken nail, and I ended up removing the acrylic piece by little piece. Bad idea--I was left with nine pretty nails and one plain one.

**Let me pause here and say the best method for removing your acrylic nails is to go to a salon and let the trained nail technicians do their thing. DIY acrylic removal can cause damage to your nails, so you have to be super careful. I recommend going to a pro, but I was in a jam and couldn't afford a trip to the salon.**

I got my Google on and checked out different methods for at-home acrylic removal; most posts I found involved soaking your hands in pure acetone for 30 minutes or more. I hate the scent of acetone, so I steered clear of this one... and then I found a post that piqued my interest. I was shocked to learn you can remove acrylic nails with dental floss.

DENTAL FLOSS.

I used a cuticle stick and a bit of argan oil to push my cuticles back, and then I gently (LIKE REALLY SUPER EXTREMELY GENTLY) pushed the cuticle stick under the edges of the acrylic nail. I ever-so-slightly wiggled the cuticle stick around the perimeter of the acrylic nail, and then I put even more argan oil on my nails to get them good and slick.

Next I busted out the floss; I slid it under the loose end of the acrylic. I pulled the floss toward me, moving back and forth as lightly as I could. You're not trying to saw your dang nail off here, ok? Just use minimal force to pull the floss from your cuticle toward the tip of your nail and..

POP!

The entire acrylic nail will come off in tact. No, seriously. It's that easy. I removed all my nails and then coated them in argan oil again, massaging it into the nail and cuticle. I then gently buffed my nails and applied a clear coat of Sally Hansen nail strengthener.

Check out how the acrylics all came off in tact! It's so weird and gross and fascinating. My nails are thin, but I didn't damage them in the removal process. (Meg Summers/TSM)
Check out how the acrylics all came off in tact! It's so weird and gross and fascinating. My nails are thin, but I didn't damage them in the removal process. (Meg Summers/TSM)
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My nails are short and thin from the acrylics, but I didn't cause any damage to the nail, my cuticles, or the nail bed. I removed my acrylics, and the total cost? $0.

Sweet. Who knew dental floss could save the day?