Press-on nails: what they are, advantages and disadvantages

If you are looking for a quick, creative and unassisted hand fix, press-on false nails are for you. This old manicure system came back refreshed.

Last update: 25 September, 2022

Most women have used false nails at some point. However, not everyone knows the new nails press-on. This improved presentation Change the look of your manicure without spending hours in the salon.

The ease of application and the wide range of designs are just some of the merits of these evolved nails. But if it is time to highlight a leading feature of the system press the peculiarity “removes and puts” stands out.

Through social networks, many content creators demonstrate the adaptation of the false ones to the natural base and the simplicity of removing them. As with any procedure—as long as you execute it properly— The nail health is not in danger and you will show off magazine hands.

What are ‘press-on’ nails?

The ‘press-on nails’ they adhere when pressed on the base. You only need to press the falsy for a few seconds, to attach it. Between the natural and the false, air should not accumulate. They require a suitable glue, as well as preparing the nails in advance in order to make them perfect. This reduces the risk of detachment.

The method is ideal for changing the manicure model in a matter of minutes. They support different designs and styles without working directly on the original nail.

The manufacture of these accessories is with acrylic resin. You can buy them in packages, even reusable. They are not expensive and it is possible to find offers that include the glue and a protective enamel.

Press on nails are reusable. Its durability depends on the previous preparation of the nails and the subsequent care.

How to apply ‘press-on’ nails?

There is a key point to put on adhesive nails; it has to do with the correct selection of the size. Verify that each of the fake ones corresponds to the real dimensions. Most brands list the parts so you know which ones are right for you.

With the indicated package, what follows is the application. We explain it to you below:

  1. Clean: residue and dirt on the nails hinder the adhesion of the false ones. Usually a pack of press on nails comes with cleaning wipes. Otherwise, alcohol or nail polish remover works.
  2. Conditions: After grooming, dry nails and condition cuticle. This step prolongs the manicure.
  3. adhere: press-on nail sets come with their own glue or double-sided adhesive. If it’s glue, brush it on the same way you would paint your nail. Adhesives are recommended if you change them frequently.
  4. Align and tighten: to fix the piece it is advisable to wait a few seconds from when you put the glue. Align and press another few seconds to secure fixation.

You get the right length by filing. To remove them, use nail polish remover on the edges.

Advantages and disadvantages of ‘press-on’ nails

The ones press-on They represent a solution for those people who prefer to do their hands at home, who are not manicure experts and who do not like to spend a lot of time with acrylic designs. Other advantages and disadvantages are those that we expose in the following space.


  • No need to wait for them to dry: Once you install them, you start painting with the enamel of your choice, without waiting for hours for the glue to dry. This is how you speed up the time spent on nail grooming.
  • They accept gel and polygel: designs like gelish They are admissible on these nails, just as if you applied them on the natural ones. Glitter, decals, and embossing fit. Follow tutorials from nails art and get incredible results.
  • Variety of designs and enamel: you will find countless models of false nails in terms of color and decoration, to create outfits day or night, simple or more risky. You adjust them in a rectangular, claw or almond shape.
  • You modify the look fleetingly: According to the style you wear, you modify the nail model. This is one of the great advantages of press-on falsies, because if you wish, you can do a different manicure every day.
  • They last as long as you want: You can understand this as an advantage or disadvantage. Depending on your choice, the duration is extended up to 4 weeks. The time is determined by the glue, the care, the brand and the objective for which you mounted these nails. If they get wet, they resist less.


  • Possible incidence in the growth of the nail: there is a probability of harming the natural development of nails, when you abuse manicure. The Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology mentions fragility, white lines and other injuries as consequences.
  • Chemical Exposure: the composition of nail glues tends to give off pungent fragrances that are sometimes harmful to health. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the production of false nails uses delicate substances related to allergies, asthma and dermatitis.
  • Risk of infection: It also happens with any artificial nail system. Incorrect maintenance and improper placement could cause the appearance of fungi. It usually happens if there is a gap between both nails, which allows moisture to pass through. The Mayo Clinic explains that if the fungal infection is deep, there is an increased risk of discoloration, thickening, and deterioration.
The ones press on They allow a wide variety of designs and decorations. However, it is advisable to apply them properly to avoid inconveniences.

Care that natural nails need after using ‘press-on’ nails

So that the false nails last as long as you like, avoid unnecessary pressure by opening cans and scratching the skin. Likewise, it is convenient to bathe in cold water, since hot water and soap wear out the adhesive faster.

As for after care, when you remove the press on nails hydrate natural nails with nail polishes containing vitamin E. Argan, myrrh and lavender oils strengthen nails, stimulate their growth and regenerate. Have you used these nails? Do you join the trend?

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