Can you believe that there was actually a time when many of us subjected our poor nail beds to acrylics? No shade to those that still do, but there's no denying how detrimental they are to nail growth. I remember I used to beg my mom to allow me to get full sets; it was what all the girls were wearing, and as someone with tiny nails it gave me some room for cool designs. Like come on, what girl didn't go through the phase of being obsessed with those short, square, and rigid nails

Needless to say, I should have listened to my mom. But instead, the second I had a job that could fund my urge for acrylics, I took the plunge against her better judgement. I would feel the effects for years to come, and when I finally got to college and realized just how much damage I was doing to my nails, it was too late.

They would peel and rip with just about any contact, they refused to grow past a certain length, and for years, it seemed like I would never be able to get them together. That's when I started trying gel polish, which I knew still may not have been the best for my already damaged nails, but were certainly a lot better than continuing to subject myself the harsh powder that had ruined my nail beds. 

But with this decision, I was adamant about finding safe ways to remove the polish, and my nails have been changed ever since. Check out some safe methods ahead. 

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