Are Press-On Nails Safe?

Press-on  nails are known for damaging, and sometimes ruining, natural nails, whether you're using acrylic nails or other types of press-on nails. Are manicures ruining your nails? Is it safe to use pressure nails?

The truth is, press-on nails won't destroy your natural nails. They're just acrylic applied to your nails and won't last long. What really destroys nails is the improper use and removal of the press-on nails.

What Are Press On Nails?

Press on nails, also known as glue on nails, was super popular in the late 90s/early 00s. They're artificial acrylic nails, already painted up. Clients simply glue them to the top of their natural nails. They don't require as long a commitment as acrylic nails, and for the past few years, stars have been promoting them on set or at photo shoots. 

These fake nails are made of acrylic resin, just like acrylic nails at salons, but they don't last as long, are easier to apply, and fit your real nails better. When prepared and used properly, they can be as beautiful as acrylics.

Are Press-On Nails Safe?

Yes, press on nails is safe, even for teenagers. The key is that you need to use them properly and not try to get too creative with alternative glues or methods. Apply and remove according to the instructions, and you'll be fine. 

Learn how to properly apply and remove press-on nails to avoid damage to your real nails. 

How To Apply Press On Nails Properly?

The first step to protecting your nails is to wear your press on nails correctly! Applying press on nails is a complete breeze when you get the hang of it. Best of all, you don't need to spend hours at the salon and be exposed to tons of different chemicals in the process. You can make your own at home and it only takes a few minutes.

  • Wash your hands first, then trim your nails, paint your nails, push back your cuticles, and file away any excess skin around the nail bed. Remove any nail polish or glue that may be sticking to your nails. You can also apply a clear base coat to protect your natural nails from press-on nails.
  • If you're really concerned about your nail integrity, you may just need to use adhesive and accept that it won't be as safe. If you want to keep fake nails for more than a week, you should apply a small amount of nail glue before attaching it to your finger.
  • In most cases, each finger requires a different size of nail polish, so it's important to choose the nail polish you want to use and maintain it in order.
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the press on nail and, if you wish, glue part of the fake nail onto the real nail. Line up the bottom of the fake nail with the cuticles of the fake nail, then press firmly for at least 30 seconds, from the outer edge all the way to the center and finally to the tip of the nail.

How To Remove Press On Nails Safely?

When it comes to protecting your natural nails, the removal method is even more important than the application method. If you remove artificial nails roughly or violently, your real nails may be harmed. Fortunately, this is not necessary, as there are minimally invasive ways to remove press on nails.

1. Using acetone

Soaking your fingers in acetone for a few minutes and shaking your nails occasionally will cause the glue to begin to loosen. Soak your nails in water until you can easily separate them from the glue, which helps prevent any damage to your natural nails.

2. Using nail polish remover

If you don't like the smell of acetone, you can remove fake nails without it. These options are safer than acetone, but less potent. As a result, you must soak your fingers in nail polish remover longer. It's worth the extra effort to prevent acetone damage to your nails.

3. Using warm water and mild soap

Soak fingertips in mild warm soap for 20 minutes. Shake the nail back and forth in the water to loosen the adhesive and make removal simpler. Soak in warm water to protect your natural nails.

4. Using cuticle oil

Apply cuticle oil  to the edges of your press-on nails so it can be absorbed by the adhesive. You can also secure cotton balls with tape or aluminum foil. After five minutes, the adhesive should begin to peel off so you can remove the press-on nails.

Like other fake nails, press on nails  have a reputation for destroying natural nails. However, nail damage doesn't just come from press on nails. It occurs due to improper use and removal.

By following the steps above, you can reduce the risk of your nails being crushed. You can even reuse press-on nails if you're really careful about applying and removing them.

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