Acetone being used to remove BIAB from a nail

How to remove BIAB Nails?

Are you tired of constantly repairing your nails or spending money on expensive salon visits? If so, you may have heard of BIAB (Builder in a Bottle) nails. This revolutionary nail technique promises long-lasting, strong, and natural-looking nails without the need for frequent repairs or fills.
But what happens when it's time to remove your Builder in a Bottle nails? Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know about removing BIAB nails, including the tools you'll need and the step-by-step process.

What Are BIAB Nails?

French tip BIAB nails
Before we dive into the removal process, let's quickly go over what Builder in a Bottle is. BIAB is a type of nail enhancement that is less harsh than acrylic yet more substantial than standard nail polish and gel polish. The protective layer it forms over the nails is crafted to promote the growth and strengthening of natural nails. Unlike traditional acrylic or gel nails, BIAB nails are applied directly onto the natural nail, making them less damaging and more natural-looking.

Benefits of BIAB

  • Long-lasting: BIAB nails can last up to 4 weeks without needing to be filled or repaired.
  • Strong: The combination and strength of this formula creates a strong and durable nail that is less prone to breaking or chipping.
  • Natural-looking: Builder in a Bottle is applied directly onto the natural nail, giving them a more natural appearance.

Tools You'll Need

Before you begin the removal process, make sure you have the following tools on hand:

Step-by-Step Process

Acetone being applied to cotton pad
Now that you have all the necessary tools, let's dive into the step-by-step process of removing BIAB nails.
Step 1: File the Top Layer
Using a nail file, gently file the top layer of your BIAB nails. This will help break the seal and allow the acetone to penetrate the layers of BIAB.
Step 2: Soak Your Nails in Acetone
Pour acetone into a small bowl and soak your nails for 10-15 minutes. You can also use a cotton ball or pad soaked in acetone and place it on top of your nail, securing it with aluminium foil. This will create a more concentrated and effective soak.
Step 3: Remove the Foil and Cotton
After 10-15 minutes, remove the foil and cotton from your nails. The BIAB should be soft and easy to remove.
Step 4: Gently Scrape Off the BIAB
Using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick, gently scrape off the softened BIAB from your nails. Be careful not to scrape too hard or damage your natural nails.
Step 5: Buff Your Nails
Nails being buffed using a buffer block
Once all the BIAB has been removed, use a nail buffer to smooth out any rough edges or leftover residue. This will also help to remove any remaining bits of BIAB.
Step 6: Moisturise Your Nails
After removing the BIAB nails, your natural nails may feel dry and brittle. To restore moisture and nourish your nails, apply a few drops of nail oil or cuticle oil and massage it into your nails and cuticles.

Tips for a Smooth Removal Process

  • Don't rush: Take your time and be gentle when removing your BIAB nails to avoid damaging your natural nails.
  • Use a high-quality acetone: Using a high-quality acetone will make the removal process quicker and more effective.
  • Don't peel or force off the BIAB: This can cause damage to your natural nails and make the removal process more difficult.
  • Moisturise your nails after removal: This will help restore moisture and nourish your natural nails.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do BIAB nails last?
Builder in a Bottle can last up to 4 weeks without needing to be filled or repaired.
Can I remove BIAB nails at home?
Yes, BIAB nails can be easily removed at home using acetone and a few other tools.
Will removing BIAB nails damage my natural nails?
When done correctly, removing BIAB nails should not damage your natural nails. However, it's important to be gentle and take your time during the removal process.


BIAB nails are a great alternative to traditional acrylic or gel nails, offering a long-lasting, strong, and natural-looking nail enhancement. When it's time to remove your BIAB nails, follow the steps outlined in this article for a smooth and easy removal process. Remember to be gentle and take your time to avoid damaging your natural nails. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily remove your BIAB nails at home and save time and money on salon visits.