Press on nails seem like they should be great, right? They’re fake, so you don’t have to paint your nails all the time, and they come in tons of different styles and colors! What could be better? But are press on nails reusable? Can you wear them more than once, or do you just have to throw them away when you’re done with them? This article will teach you the answers to these pressing questions about press on nails!
The Science Behind Press On Nails
You might be wondering, can you reuse press on nails? The answer to this question is not as straightforward as it seems. As a matter of fact, it is recommended that you do not reuse press-on nails because they can cause health risks. Press-ons use adhesive that is applied to the nail tip and then layered over the natural nail. When the adhesive becomes dry, it sticks to itself more than it sticks to your natural nail. This means that when you remove the fake nails, you are left with a nasty residue stuck on your nails or cuticles. If you have naturally healthy nails, this may not pose too much of an issue for you; however if you have weak or sensitive skin, then this could lead to swelling and infection in some cases.
Wearing Press On Nails
The benefit of a press on nail is that it doesn’t take long to put them on and they’re not as time consuming to remove, but the downside is that you can only use them once. Stick on nails are a great alternative because you can wear them for many days at a time and reuse them as long as they don’t get too damaged from wear and tear or from removal.
How To Remove Press On Nails?
How to remove press on nails.
First, soak your nails in warm water for at least 10 minutes. This will loosen the glue and make them easier to peel off.
Next, use a pumice stone or an orange stick to gently remove any residue left on your natural nail by the artificial nail. For added strength, apply a layer of clear nail polish before pressing the artificial nails back on if desired.
What If I Can’t Get The Glue Off?
If you can’t get the glue off, there are a few ways to make them look new. If they’re still in tact and not too gross, soak them in warm water and gently peel them off. If that doesn’t work, try scraping the glue off with a credit card or nail file. For larger pieces of glue that won’t come off, use acetone or fingernail polish remover (just make sure to do it outside so it doesn’t get all over your house).
If they are peeling up at the edges, use your fingers to push down the edges to create a smoother surface before applying another layer of nail glue. Just make sure you don’t put too much pressure on the nails because you’ll end up with bubbles.
Reusing Press On Nails?
Reusing press on nails is a whole different story! To reuse press on nails you have to have the nail glue, which can be hard to find and expensive. Plus, the glue needs time to dry in order for it to stick onto your nails and you need strong nail glue so that it doesn’t fall off. Press on nails are not designed for reuse because they can come off after a day or two depending on the person and how often they use them. Stick on nails last longer than press on nails since they are specifically made for one time use.