The Ultimate Guide on How to Remove SnS Nails

If you are one nail junkie, then you have most probably already heard, of the new nail trend that they call the SnS nails. And if you are really into pampering your nails, more or less, you have tried this sought after nail system already!

But after trying it out, the next dilemma that you will have is how to remove SnS nails. How do you get rid of it once your nails have already outgrown it? What is the easiest and most effective way to remove this nail system? Don’t fret! I have all the information that you need right here!


What is SnS Nails?

First things first, what are SnS nails? SnS stands for Signature Nail Systems. This nail system requires you to apply a brush-on gel base on your nails first before dipping it in a powder (the powder will give your nails the color you want). Many nail experts claim that this type of nail system offers a lot of benefits as compared to acrylic and other artificial nails.

In fact, here are some of the benefits you can enjoy with SnS nails:

  • Natural Look: Since the nail system is a lot thinner than shellac or acrylic nails, it lends the nails a more natural look.
  • More Durable and Flexible: In addition to that, the nails are also more durable and flexible because the use of this nail system does not require you to add a fake nail.
  • Safer: It is also a lot safer since there is no to low risk of nail breakage. In addition to that, this nail system does not require exposure to UV light, meaning you will not be exposed to the unwanted effects of UV radiation.
  • Stronger: According to the claims, SnS nails can make the nails stronger. The system is made up of organically processed chemicals like Acrylic Ester Polymer, Titanium Dioxide, and Benzoyl Peroxide. It is also said to be free of harmful chemicals that may weaken the nails.
  • Versatile: Even though the nail system is relatively new, it already comes in a wide array of colors for you to choose from.

How to Remove SnS Nails

If you wish to replace or remove your SnS nails, there are plenty of ways on how you can do that. Here is a short step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Method 1: With Acetone

woman is removing nail polish with acetone

The easiest and most effective way of removing SnS Nails is by using acetone. If you have an acetone on hand, this is the best option that you have. For this process, you will need the following nail tools:

  • Foil
  • Cotton Ball
  • Nail file or Electric Nail Drill
  • 100% Acetone

Once you have these items ready, here are the steps that you should take:

Step 1. File the first few layers of the nail system.

  • Pro Tip: In this step, it is best that you file off the top coat through the seal protect layers of the nail system for fast and easy removal.

Step 2. Place a cotton ball on your nail then soak it with acetone.

Step 3. Cut the foil into a square sized piece that is large enough to be wrapped around your finger. After that, wrap the foil around your finger and let the acetone soak into your nails for about 10- 15 minutes.

Step 4. Remove the foil from the finger. Then slowly slide off the cotton from the nail.

  • Pro Tip: Try to add a bit of pressure when removing the cotton from the nails to efficiently remove the dip powder.

If you do not have aluminum foil and cotton, you can make use of nail cups instead.

For a better understanding of the process, watch this video: 

If you do not have both a foil and nail cup, another option that you have is to get a big ceramic bowl, fill it with warm water then place a small ceramic bowl with acetone in it. Instead of soaking your nails in a cotton ball with acetone, you can just simply submerge your nails in the bowl with acetone for 5 to 10 minutes. Scrape off any remaining nail polish afterwards.

If you wish to take try this alternative method, watch this video: 

Method 2: Without Acetone

removing nail polish without acetone

We all know that acetone can be irritating to the skin. If you don’t want to use acetone, is there another alternative on how to remove SnS nails? There actually is, however, the process will be time-consuming, and it can be quite complicated too as it will require you to fully remove the nail system just by filing and buffing it.

For this, you will need the following:

  • Four-sided nail buffer
  • Coarse grit nail file
  • Fine grit nail file
  • Soap and water
  • Cuticle Oil

Here are some of the steps that you should take:

Step 1. File the nail system down using the buffer with four sides, removing the shine.

Step 2. Once the shine is fully removed, use a coarse grit nail file to remove more of the nail system.

Step 3. Once the nail system is already too thin, switch to using a fine grit nail file to avoid possible over-filing of the nails.

Step 4. Once you have fully removed the nail system, apply cuticle oil and rub it all over the nails to keep the nails shiny and moisturized.

Step 5. Remove excess oil by washing your nails with soap and water.

Method 3: With Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish Remover

If you do not have a 100% acetone on hand, the next best alternative that you have is a nail polish remover. This product also contains acetone, about 30 to 60%. Other ingredients that it has are alcohol, water, and glycerin. Since it is not pure acetone, the removal process may take more time, but it will work just the same.

For this process, you will need the same things from the previous process – cotton ball, foil and nail file and just substitute nail polish remover for acetone.You will also follow the same steps, but this time, we recommend that you extend the soaking process by 5 to 10 minutes more to ensure the complete removal of the nail system.

More Tips on Sns Nail Removal at Home

tips removal sns nail at home

The key to a successful, healthy and safe removal of SnS nails is based on how properly you prepare your nails for it. With that in mind, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Sanitize your nails properly: Doing so can help prevent possible infection. To do this, just simply spray alcohol to your nails before the procedure. Spray the alcohol not just on the nails but around your fingers as well.
  • Protect your skin from drying effects of acetone: We all know this—acetone can be drying to the skin, and you would surely not want fry skin, right? The best way to protect your skin from acetone is to apply cuticle oil on the skin surrounding the nails before you start the removal process.

Frequently Asked Questions About SnS Nail Removal

Whether you are just a beginner or you are already using SnS nails for quite some time, I am sure you still have lots of questions to ask about this nail system! That’s why I have decided to provide the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about SnS nails below:

1. How much does it cost to remove SnS nails?

2. How long do SnS nails last?

3. How long does it take to remove SnS nails?


There is no doubt about it—SnS nails is now the healthiest, most versatile and safest option that you have for achieving stronger, more beautiful and eye catching nails. The process of removing it may be tricky (after all the nail system is just relatively new on the market), but I have also provided some tips above on how you can address these issues.

I hope that I was able to simply SnS nail removal for you. If you did enjoy our mini tutorial, please do share it with your friends. If you also have a few tips and recommendations on how to safely and properly remove SnS nails, please do share it with us (me and my readers) in the comments section! We would love to hear your thoughts!

Ella Jones

Hi . My name is Ella Jones . I’m a blogger, shopaholic, and beauty-obsessed blogger from NYC, armed with a Professional MBA from Fordham and a License in Cosmetology from Empire Beauty School in my hometown of Brooklyn. I’m the proud owner of a successful salon and beauty parlor in the city, and I’ve started this blog to share my beauty secrets with you.

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