Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Press-On Nails

By  //  May 3, 2021

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Press-on nails have improved so much over the last few years. You can now purchase press-on nails that look precisely like professionally applied acrylic nails.

These nails come in many different lengths and shapes. They will even last two weeks, but what if you want to remove them early?

Ready To Change Out Your Press-on Nails

If you are ready to change your press-on nails, but they are still securely glued on, there are a few ways to remove them. Unless you want to destroy your press-on nails and wreck your natural nails, try these.

These techniques will allow you to remove press on nails and save and reuse them.  As long as you purchase high-quality nails, you will be able to get a few uses out of them. These can help you to get even more value out of choosing press-on nails over acrylics.

The Warm Water Method

The most gentle way to try and remove your press-on nails is by soaking them in warm water. You will want to get a bowl large enough to soak your nails and feel it with warm water with a small amount of soap.

You will want to soak each hand for 20 minutes. Make sure that the water stays warm the whole time, or it will not be as effective. When you remove your nails, they should easily pull off. You can then store the nails for later use.

The Cuticle Oil Method

Another way you can remove your press-on nails is by using cuticle oil. This method works best when the nails are already a little loose. The small gaps allow the cuticle oil to seep under the nail and loosen the adhesive. 

You can either try and apply cuticle oil directly into the gaps, or you can soak a cotton ball in cuticle oil and hold it on the nails. Hold the cotton ball in pace until you feel the nail start to move around. This method is slow, but it will not damage your nails.

The Acetone / Nail Polish Remover Method

If you are looking for the fastest method, grab some pure acetone or nail polish remover. This is how most professionals remove acrylics. You will again want to find a bowl large enough to soak your nails in.

Feel the bowl with acetone and warm it slightly. Soak your nails in the solution, checking them every five min. The nails will easily fall right off or be easily removed. Make sure not to soak too long, or you will damage the press-on nails. 

If your press-on nails have any adhesive still on them when you remove them, you can take acetone or isopropyl alcohol to remove the remaining nail glue. Then make sure to store the used nails in a different place from fresh nails. 

The Run Down

Using these methods can save you so much money. You are already saving money by choosing press-on nails over acrylics, but you take the savings to a new level when you can get multiple uses out of one set of press-on nails. 

This means that you can purchase a few sets of high-quality press-on nails, and you will be able to have fresh nails for months. Remember to buy nails that are on-trend and made well. That way, everyone will think that you are having your nails done at the local salon. 

Next time you remove your press-on nails, follow one of these techniques so that you can get several uses out of your nails, and you will have flawless nails forever, and it will not even come close to “breaking the bank”.