Press on nails, also known as faux nails or artificial nails, are a convenient and easy way to enhance your nails without the need for a salon visit or long-term commitment. But eventually, you’ll need to remove them.
How Do You Take Off Press-On Nails at Home?
1. Gather your Materials:
Before you begin, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need nail polish remover (acetone-based is most effective like Pronto & Sally Hansen), cotton balls or pads, a nail file, and a cuticle pusher or orange stick.
2. Soften the Adhesive:
The first step in removing press on nails is to soften the adhesive. Apply some nail polish remover to a cotton ball or pad and place it over each nail. Press down gently, making sure that the cotton is in contact with the entire press-on nail. Allow the nails to soak for at least 10 minutes.
3. Gently Remove the Nails:
Once the nails have been soaked, they should be easy to remove. Gently lift the edges of the press-on nails using your fingers or a cuticle pusher or orange stick. Work slowly and carefully to avoid damaging your natural nails. If you encounter any resistance, reapply the nail polish remover and continue to soak the Nail Strengthener.
4. File and Clean your Nails:
After you’ve removed all of the press-on nails, you’ll need to file and clean your natural nails. Use a nail file to smooth out any rough edges and remove any remaining adhesive. Clean your nails with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
5. Moisturize your Cuticles:
After removing the press-on nails, your cuticles may be dry and irritated. To soothe them, apply cuticle oil or CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion to your nails and massage it into the skin around your nails.
It’s important to note that the process of removing press-on nails can be a bit time-consuming and may cause some discomfort, but it is best to take your time and be gentle to avoid damaging your natural nails. Additionally, if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, stop the process and consider seeking professional help.
Removing press-on nails requires gathering materials, softening the adhesive using acetone-based nail polish remover, gently removing the nails, filing and cleaning the natural nails, and moisturizing the cuticles. Take your time and be gentle, and if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, consider seeking professional help.