At-home guide: the right way to remove press-on nails

Press-on nails are a great way to get a salon-looking manicure in minutes. Whenever you’re in a rush and don't have time or the money to get a professional mani, press-on nails can literally save the day! However, removing press-on nails require a few tips to make sure that you don’t ruin the quality of the press-ons or damage your natural nails. Read on to get the guide on how to easily and gently remove your press-on nails at home, without damaging your nails.

Step 1: Soak Your Nails

If you’ve used nail glue to apply your press-on nails and decide to remove them, begin by soaking your nails in warm soapy water. Find a bowl and fill it with warm water and mix with a bit of dish soap or hand soap, which will help soften and loosen the adhesive.

To help loosen the adhesive and moisturize your natural nails, you can mix the soapy water with a few drops of baby oil or apply a bit of cuticle oil on the areas just under the press-on nails and let the oil soak in. A few drops of oil will also prevent dry skin and loosen the press-on nails easily. Then place your fingertips in the water and soak your nails for about 20-30 minutes - check them regularly to see if they’re loose enough to take off.

Avoid peeling, prying, or forcing your nails off before they’re ready, as it’ll damage your natural nails as well as false nails. When it's time to remove them, you’ll feel a light release between the press-on nails and your nail beds.

If you’re using our press-on nails or other reusable false nails, don’t soak your nails in acetone or soapy water mixed with acetone-based nail polish remover. The acetone will damage the quality of your press-ons, why you wouldn’t be able to reuse them afterward.

Step 2: Use a wooden stick to loosen the Press-On Nails

Once you see that the glue is a bit loose, you can use a wooden stick or an orangewood stick to remove them gently from the cuticle side. You can gently loosen the press-on nail by lifting it off from the sides. But, if you notice that it’s difficult to remove them, soak them in warm soapy water again for an extra few minutes.

Make sure you take your time and have patience, if you wanna avoid breaking or damaging your natural nails and keep the quality of your reusable press-on nails – try to work softly and slowly, your nails deserve time and care!

Step 3: Remove Any Leftover Adhesive

Once you’ve removed your press-on nails, you can use the wooden stick to gently peel off any glue residue underneath the press-on nails. You can also apply nail polish remover on a cotton ball to remove any glue remains on your natural nails.  

Step 4: Moisturize hands and nails

When using press-on nails, it’s essential to moisturize and care for your hands and nails. Nails are drying out just like your hair - which is why your nails and hands need care. After soaking your nails, you can easily push back and remove the cuticles with a cuticle remover.

A good hand cream does wonders as well — wash your hands and apply your favorite hand cream that will leave your hands and nails soft and clean. To moisturize and keep your nails healthy, finish off by applying cuticle oil and let it all soak in.

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