Whilst you might think press-on nails are for teenagers, you will soon realise these non-damaging, reusable manicures are the versatile manicure you missed from your nail care routine. Always dreamed of being THAT GIRL whos manicure is perfectly matching with every outfit without spending time and money at the salon? We got you!
Can you reuse press-on nails?
Where press-on nails beat the salon manicure is reusability. With proper care, they can be reused more than once! There are two ways to apply press-on nails. With nail glue that can last up to 2 weeks or longer and with adhesive tabs which were made for short wear up to 5 days. That being said, not all press-on nails are created equal which means not all of them are actually reusable.
How to find reusable press-on nails?
Whilst you might be tempted to get your next set from the dollar store, a better way to do it is to shop from a business specialising in press-on nails. There are few things you want to consider before getting your next set.
Most important factor when wanting to reuse the nails is the durability and the quality of the nail tips. You want to choose a brand which makes sturdier, harder press-on nails. These nails will keep their shape longer without chipping.
Second, the nail color should be the color of the tip itself, and not printed on top. The nail tips where the color is printed on the top will get scratched easier with daily wear and tear. In case of nail art or even simple baby boomer nails - make sure the brand you are shopping from uses extra UV layer on top to protect the designs from scratching easily.
Third, good quaity press-on nails usually come with a full prep kit including cuticle stick, nail file, alcohol pad, adhesive tabs, and nail glue. So make sure you check what comes in a box besides the nails.
Is it hard to reuse press-on nails?
Reusing press-on nails is actually pretty easy once you get into routine. It's always easier to reuse if you applied your nails with adhesive tabs - then you simply pop-them-off once you wish to change the styles and peel off the glue from the back of the falsies. Please be always careful to properly disinfect the nails with rubbing alcohol before reusing the set to avoid any infections.
How to remove press-on nails to reuse them?
As mentioned above when you apply press-on nails with adhesive tabs, you simply peel and disinfect with rubbing alcohol. When it comes to glue, patience will take you long way.
You can find full step-by-step tutorial on how to remove press-on nails here. Once you carefully removed the nails by soaking there will be glue residue left on the edges and back of the press-on nails.
For the edges of the nail tip always use the nail file (you can reuse the one that comes in the kit) and gently buff off the glue without buffing too hard to remove only the glue and preserve the shape of the tip.
For the back of the nail, if you want to go PRO we recommend investing into an electric nail file like this one from Amazon. This will save you A LOT of time and effort. However if you are just starting off the nail file from the kit will do the job. Fold the nail file in half and start buffing off the remainder of glue. Once ready, clean the back of the nails up with rubbing alcohol to prevent infections.
Although as a founder of press-on nail brand I have access to new set everytime, I choose to reuse my press-ons up to 6-7 times bringing down the cost of a single set to two dollars. No salon will beat that price! Wearing and reusing press-on nails is budget-friendly, and also 100% more conscious manicure choice.
How do you store the nails?
Once you cleaned them up, you can put them back along the prep kit in the original box. I have a lot of different designs so I like to place them in different sachets to browse the designs easily. You might have seen "nail-jars" on the interent - but honestly speaking they give me anxiety and I find it really inefficient fishing for matching nails from the jar.
All in one, press-on nails are a great alternative to get the salon look without the salon price tag and once you get into drill you will never look back! If you are looking for a high quality press-on nail set - check out our shop for subtle nudes to playful nail art we got something for every taste!
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