Have you ever tried press-on nails? They’re so easy to use, and they last for ages. But one downside is that they can be a bit tricky to remove. Today, we are going to share our top tips on how to remove press-on nails without damaging your natural nails.
What Are Press-on Nails?
Press-on nails are a type of false nail that can be applied at home without the need for professional help. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found in most beauty stores. These fake nails are usually made from plastic or acrylic and are applied with nail glue or adhesive tabs.
These days most people are often scared to try press-on nails because of the removal process. But we are here to tell you that removing press-on nails is actually quite easy! All you need is the right tools and a little bit of patience.
Tools You’ll Need To Remove Press-On Nails
Below, we have listed the tools you will need in order to remove your press-on nails:
Nail clippers: You will need a good pair of nail clippers in order to trim your press-on nails.
Nail file: A nail file will help to rough up the surface of your press-on nails so that the glue or adhesive can be removed more easily.
Acetone-based nail polish remover: Acetone is a powerful solvent that will help dissolve the glue or adhesive holding your press-on nails in place. You can find acetone at most beauty stores or drugstores.
Liquid soap: Liquid soap can be used to help break down the adhesive on your press-on nails.
Soft, rounded cuticle nippers: We advise getting a second pair of cuticle nippers with blades that are specifically made for press-on removal since the plastic may cause small fissures in the blade.
A cuticle stick or metal pusher: This will help push the press-on nails off your natural nails.
A nail buffer: A nail buffer can be used to smooth out your nails after the press-on nails have been removed.
A small bowl: You will need a small bowl to soak your acetone in. Make sure it’s not plastic.
Steps On How To Remove Press-On Nails
Now that you have gathered all of the necessary tools, it is time to learn how to remove your press-on nails. Below, we have listed a step-by-step guide on how to do this:
Start With A File (Optional)
If you have press-on nails with embellishments or 3D accents like rhinestones, we recommend starting with a nail file. Filing your embellished nails first not only thins the rough surface, but it also allows the acetone [or soap] to penetrate more readily into the cracks, and so the nail comes off faster. To do this, gently file down the top layer of the nail to help loosen the adhesive. Be careful not to file too aggressively, or you may damage your real nails.
Soak Your Nails In Dish Soap Or Acetone
Next, prepare your soaking station. To melt your press-ons, use either acetone or basic liquid dish soap. Start by filling a small bowl with about two to three inches of warm water and a generous squirt of dish soap.
Keep your fingers under the solution for about 15 minutes. You can start pressing the tips up and down after approximately 10 minutes to release the tips from the natural nail. Make sure not to press them too hard. Do this as you would a baby tooth that is on the verge of coming out — no picking or plucking required!
If you want to wear the press-ons again, the soap technique makes it easier to save the set. However, if you’re certain you’ll never use this specific pair again, melt the tips down with pure acetone. The process is similar; however, acetone will work faster than dish soap. All you have to do is soak the nails in acetone until you can feel the press-on start to loosen.
Remove The Press-On Nail
Once the press-on is loose enough, you can start to carefully peel it off. Start at either the cuticle or the tip of the nail and work your way down. Again, be gentle — picking or yanking can damage your real nails. If any bits of adhesive remain on your nail bed after removing the press-on, use a cotton swab dipped in acetone (or liquid soap) to remove it.
Buff Your Nails
So now your nails are free of press-ons, but there may be a faint outline where the fake nail once was. To blend this line and make your natural nails look as good as new, buff the entire surface of each nail with a nail buffer. This will also help to smooth out any ridges or bumps that may have been caused by the press-on nails.
After your nails are free of press-ons and adhesive, give them a quick wash with warm water. Gently pat them dry with a soft towel, then apply a few drops of cuticle oil or lotion to your nails and massage them in.
Store Your Press-ons Properly
If you want to save your press-on nails to use again, make sure to store them properly. Remove any residual adhesive from the back of the nail with acetone (or liquid soap), then place each nail in its own compartment in a small plastic box. Seal the box tightly and store it in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them again.
Things To Consider When Getting Press-On Nails
There are a few things you should consider before committing to a set of press-on nails:
Fit: Make sure the press-on nails you choose fit well. If they’re too big, they’ll pop off easily; if they’re too small, they’ll be uncomfortable and difficult to remove.
Style: There are press-on nails to suit every taste, from natural-looking tips to long, dramatic talons. Consider what kind of look you want before choosing a set of press-on nails.
Adhesive: The type of adhesive or nail glue you use will determine how long your press-on nails stay on and how difficult they are to remove. Choose an adhesive that is strong enough to hold the nails in place but not so strong that it’s difficult to remove them when you’re ready.
Price: Press-on nails can range in price from a few dollars to upwards of $30. Consider how often you’ll be wearing them and how long you want them to last before choosing a set of press-on nails.
Durability: Some press-on nails are made to last for weeks, while others only last for a few days. Consider how long you need your press-on nails to last before choosing a set.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should I Remove My Press-on Nails?
We recommend removing your press-on nails every two to three weeks to give your natural nails a chance to breathe. Leaving them on for too long can cause damage to your nail beds, so it’s important to take them off and give your nails a break every now and then.
Can I Reuse My Press-on Nails?
Yes, you can! As long as you store them properly (in a sealed box, in a cool, dry place), you should be able to reuse your press-on nails multiple times. Just make sure to clean the adhesive off the back of the nail before storing them away.
How Do I Prevent My Press-on Nails From Popping off?
There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your press-on nails and prevent them from popping off prematurely. First, make sure your nails are clean and free of any oils or lotions before applying the adhesive. Second, use a high-quality adhesive designed specifically for press-on nails. And finally, be sure to apply a thin layer of adhesive to both the nail and the press-on itself — too much adhesive will make the press-on difficult to remove later on.
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Press-on nails are a great way to get the look of salon nails without the commitment or price tag. But like anything else, they don’t last forever. When it’s time to remove your press-ons, follow these simple steps for easy, damage-free removal.