Once applied and removed correctly Press on Nails won’t cause any damage to your natural nails. This is because you don’t need to use so many harsh chemicals such as primers, dehydrators, and acetone during either the application or removal process.
And because of this Press on Nails are significantly better and safer for your natural nails when compared to most other manicure systems such as Acrylic Nails and Gel Extensions.
This is why most nail experts recommend using Press on Nail as an alternative to other manicure systems to allow your nails to heal. Citation.
Press on Nails just require a small amount of glue or adhesive to apply and you can use a mixture of oil, soap, and warm water to safely remove them.
Tips to Make Press on Nails Safer For Your Nails
1- Use a Mild Nail Glue or Adhesive
A very strong glue can potentially cause some damage to your nail plates, especially during the removal process. But thankfully the adhesives that most brands of Press on Nails are made with are specially made to be gentle on your natural nails.
Now some brands of Press on Nails don’t have built-in adhesive instead you need to use nail glue and some brands of nail glue are very strong.
If you want to use a mild nail glue I highly recommend using nail tabs they are very mild which means that they come off smoothly without damaging your nails. You can click here to see the price of a packet of nail tabs on Amazon.
But there is a drawback you see the gentler the adhesive is – the weaker it tends to be which means that your Press on Nails would be more likely to pop off more easily.
This is why most individuals prefer using premium nail glues which are stronger and allows their Press on Nails to be more durable and last much longer. I usually use NailBond which is a premium brand nail glue.
Now if you do use a strong glue you can still protect your nails by applying a base coat before applying your Press on Nails and you use a gentle method to remove them
2- Use a Base Coat Before Applying
One of the best ways to protect your nails when using Press on Nails is to apply a base coat over your nails before applying the Press on Nails.
A base coat acts as a buffer that shields your natural nails from any potential damages that may happen when applying or removing your Press on Nails.
Now if you dont have a base coat you can also use any brand of regular nail polish.
Which is more damaging Press on Nails or Acrylic; click here to read my article Press on Nails Vs Acrylic.
3- Remove the Press on Nail Correctly
If you remove your Press on Nails incorrectly you can potentially damage your nails. This is especially true if you use too much acetone which can dry out your nails making them very brittle. Citation.
I usually soak my Press on Nails in a mixture of oil, soap, and warm water for around 15-20 minutes before manually taking them off.
Now if you want a step-by-step guide you can check out my article on How to Safely Remove Press on Nails, you can click here to read it.
4- Clean & Disinfect Your Nails Before Applying
Dirt and germs trapped under your Press on Nails can potentially lead to an infection. This is why it’s important that your nails are completely clean before applying the Press on Nails.
I recommend that you thoroughly wash your nails with soap and water. And then once your nails are dry wipe them with some rubbing alcohol to disinfect them.