Rules for Press-On Nails – 100% PURE

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She’s popping the most champagne this holiday season by popping in some cute and chic push-up nails. We love the occasional sparkle or even the everyday beauty of beautiful nails. However, going to the salon or doing it ourselves can sometimes be a chore; Not to mention the damage some nail apps and extensions can do to our hands.

Stay tuned for our complete guide to wearing better pressure nails to keep our nails safe, before and after application.

How do pressure nails work?

Our pressed rivets come in different lengths, colors and designs – and we love the variety! We love having the ability to get a new manicure in minutes and mix and match nail colors and designs while keeping our natural nails healthy and thriving. The application is easy, and compared to other forms of nail art, pressing on the nails is very easy and harmless. Here’s how they work.

First, the brand or licensed professional will use solid or acrylic nail gel and monomer to shape the tips. These are usually full coverage tips, which means they cover the entire nail bed and often have an extended tip to create the effect of a longer nail. Once the nails have dried and hardened, they are sanded and polished into a shape and then painted and styled with a variety of designs.

To secure it, an adhesive bandage can be applied to the compressed nail shape that will stick to the nail bed. Liquid glue can also be used to attach the nail shape to our nails. These usually dry naturally in seconds without the use of LED or UV light, and most pressed nails will stay adherent for at least 5 days.

Are the ingredients dangerous?

Many of us are already aware that there are harmful ingredients that are often used in nail polish and some nail products. You may be familiar with some of the biggest hitters like formaldehyde and toluene.

Some forms of nail art, such as acrylic nails, come with exposure to some toxins. For example, the monomer normally used may contain ethyl methacrylate or EMA, which, without proper ventilation, pose a risk of mild skin, respiratory and allergic inflammation.

Fortunately, with pressed nails, as they are already shaped and hardened and not made in a salon, the exposure is much less. However, there is another chemical to watch for as well.

Toluene is a toxic chemical used in many nail products. What makes this person so risky is that we usually treat it via exposure to steam, and side effects include irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

Toluene is a common ingredient found in nail glue, so while pressed nails are perfectly safe in the exposure spectrum, it’s still highly recommended to work in a well-ventilated area for best practice of applying pressure nails.

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How to prepare for pressure nails

Pressed nails require a bit of prep work to ensure they go on smoothly, easily, and last as long as possible.

  • Pressed nails should not be used on other nail products such as tips, polishes or extensions.

  • Begin by gently pushing the excess leather back with an orange wood stick or leather pusher.

  • Next, trim your natural nail and file any rough edges to ensure there are no hanging nails or dead skin.

  • Gently polish the surface of the natural nail, leaving it slightly rough to the touch. This allows screws that are pressed in to stick better.

  • Measure each nail that is pressed against the size of each finger and place the opposite tip that fits.

We are now ready to apply a pressure-adhesive bandage or use glue to hold the pressed nail. In some cases, use both! This results in maximum stability and the longest wear time. Make sure to press firmly while sticking or holding the nail in place for 5-10 seconds. Then, voila! Within minutes, we can have a fresh manicure and be polished for any occasion.

How to remove pressure nails

When we’re ready to say goodbye to our pressed nails, it’s as easy as applying them. The gentlest way to remove them from our fingernails and hands is to soak our fingers in a shallow dish of warm, soapy water.

After a few minutes, the pins that are pressed should loosen enough to gently clean the ends with a leather pusher. The most effective way is to soak the nail area in 100% acetone, which can dry out hands and nails. We recommend avoiding this method if possible.

Aftercare for pressure nails

After removing nails, especially if we haven’t applied any other nail polish or extension, our nails will need TLC.

  • First, once all the nails being pressed are removed, it may be necessary to trim and clamp the free edge again to make the nails smooth and uniform again.

  • Once this is done we will need to file and remove any leftover nail glue or adhesive bandages. The surface of the nail should be buffed until it is shiny and smooth, as opposed to the slightly rough surface we created for applying the originally pressed nails.

  • If desired, a thin layer of clear, non-toxic glaze can be added to protect the surface of the nails and add shine.

  • Finally, nails will need moisture, so we like to apply a richly moisturizing nail and cuticle oil. Fortified with healing jojoba and nourishing Vitamin E to support skin and nails.

  • Finish with a quick hand massage and some naturally scented botanical hand wash for a salon-quality at-home manicure.

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