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How to remove your permanent manicure at home in 5 steps

You only need 5 steps and a little patience to remove the polish from your semi-permanent manicure at home, without going to your beauty center. We tell you how to do it and what are the products you need.


The semi-permanent manicure has become a must for you, and it guarantees you perfect nails for about two weeks, without friction and without having to worry about renewing the enamel every day. For this reason, and how could it be otherwise, you have also been caught by the unforeseen confinement, with the semi-permanent enamel about to need change and without the necessary tools to do it at home. Don’t panic, you only need 5 steps to remove your semi-permanent manicure at home, this is all you need.

To remove the semi-permanent nail polish at home you will also need some specific products that you can find in the supermarket, if not, you can order them from Amazon and they will deliver them to you in several days and taking the necessary security measures.

Step one: polish your nails

The first step in removing your semi-permanent manicure at home is to polish your nails until the shine of the polish is gone. You can use a regular nail file, hand polisher, or electric polisher for a more professional manicure ( you can buy this one from Beurer on Amazon ).

Second step: soften the enamel with pure acetone

To follow the second step, you need to have pure acetone at home or, at least, nail polish remover with acetone. You can find nail polish removers with acetone or pure acetone in your nearest supermarket. You can also buy a specific product for semi-permanent nail polish that will offer you better results. We recommend this Mylee nail polish remover, prepared for more resistant nail polishes ( you can buy it on Amazon here ).

Soak a cotton ball in the product you have chosen and wrap your nails, so that the wet cotton is in contact with the nail and can act. You can use aluminum foil, although there are specific accessories that will make the task easier, we give you two examples:

  • Nail Tweezers : These tweezers will allow you to fix acetone-soaked cotton in a simple and much more effective way than aluminum foil. You can buy this pack of 10 plastic clips on Amazon .
  • Mylee Remover Strips : These strips have a small wipe included and are adhesive. You just have to soak the wipe with acetone and wrap the strip around your nails. They are very easy to use and set perfectly for a very effective result. You can buy them on Amazon .

Let the damp cotton work for 15-20 minutes.© Mylee / Amazon

Third step: remove the enamel with an orange stick

Now that the semi-permanent enamel is softened, it is time to remove it with the help of an orange stick. Gently slide the rounded part of the stick until the polish residue is removed . If you still have difficulty doing this, wrap the nails with the acetone cotton wool again so that the nail polish is even softer. If you don’t have orange sticks at home, you can buy them here .

Step four: polish again

This step is not essential, but it is recommended if you want to perfectly remove any traces of enamel. Once you have removed the polish layer with the orange stick, pass the polish again to remove any traces and leave your nail completely free of product, so it can breathe.

And finally: hydrate your nails

The semi-permanent polish is quite aggressive with the nails, it is possible that after removing it you will notice how they are softer, cracked and weaker. For this reason, this last step is very important to give them strength and shine again. Moisturize your nails after removing the semi-permanent polish, you can do it with some natural oil or with your usual hand cream .

The apricot oil is a good choice to take care of your nails and cuticles, as it has very effective moisturizing agents. You can buy this specific apricot oil for nails and cuticles from Mylee . The oil OPI nail also back the shine and hydration need your nails after removing the semipermanent glaze ( you can buy on Amazon ). If your problem is that your nails have softened considerably, opt better for a hardener, this one from Mavala guarantees good results , since it is the best-selling and best-valued on the market.

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