Press on nails: Fake nails are usually known as a press-on nail that is temporarily fixed or glued to the nail surface. They come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and pre-designed art and are most often used as a do-it-yourself option when having no time for a manicure, or to cover weak, injured, or unattractive nails. 

Fake nails are composed primarily of acrylic polymers (acrylic resins) and are made by reacting together acrylic monomers, such as ethyl methacrylate monomer, with acrylic polymers, such as polymethylmethacrylate. Generally, they are made of plastic.  There are many acrylic resins available and the specific ingredients can change between different brands. 

Every company that produces acrylic nail kits uses the same basic chemistry. However, each has designed its own formula with its distinct advantages and disadvantages. The real design work in creating acrylic nails is done by the nail technician. 

How to apply press-on nails 

Clean your nails: Remove any left-over nail polish or residue of your nails and wash your hands again, or use an alcohol wipe to clean the surface of your nails. This will remove any residue and oils left on your nails. Dry thoroughly. 

Select your size: Select the best press-on nails by placing the template over your actual nail. Ensure that the sides do not overlap onto the skin, you can trim them if necessary. 

Place and stretch: Next, apply a thin line of glue onto your nails starting from the cuticle and ending at the tip and carefully press the nail on and hold down firmly while the glue dries quickly. If it’s a flexible wrap, slightly stretch it over the top of your nail to make sure it lies smooth. 

How to Remove Press-on Nails 

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You can soak your nails in hot water, for adhesive tabs, soak the nails for about 5 minutes while soaking them for between 10 and 15 minutes if you used liquid glue. 

Alternatively, you can use cuticle oil to your fingers all around the nail. A cotton ball soaked in cuticle oil works just as well. Let it work on your nails for a few minutes and you should see it come off pretty easily 

How Long Do Press-on Nails Last 

Press- on nail can last from a few days to a full week. The great thing is that they are meant to be changed up as often as you want to match your mood at any moment. The key to making press-on nails last longer is proper preparation and care.  

Do Press-on Nails Damage Your Real Nails  

Press-on nails do not damage your real nails, they shouldn’t damage your natural nails if you are careful. Most of the damage, if any, could occur if you are too rough in the removal process. 

What Are the Benefits of Press-on Nails 

For someone who has weak nails or is unable to care for their own nails, this helps give nails a polished appearance of uniform shape and length and added strength to prevent breaking. Sometimes it provides healthier nails if they care them properly. 

The disadvantage of press on nails 

If you let them go too long and allowing broken nails, it will expose to your natural nails to water and other contamination which can lead to causing germs or yeast infection. 

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