How to: Press-On Nails

Nail artist Faith Baxter shares pros and cons for using press-on nails.

Faith Baxter , a nail artist, shares the pros and cons of using press-ons.

Press-on nails are a great option for people who work in jobs where long nails would make their job harder. This includes the medical field, sports, typing jobs, and jobs that require lifting heavy objects or washing dishes. With the popularity of DIY beauty, press-on nail treatments are becoming a popular alternative to salon visits. Press-on nails are no longer the cheap, fake-looking, plastic-based options they used to be.


I’ll try to convince you that press-on nail polish could be an option for you, or your client. Also, let me explain the differences between the luxury press-on nail polish sold on social media and the “press-on” nails you find in cosmetic aisles at gas stations and supermarkets. These are acrylic resins, or PLASTIC. The cheap designs are often printed on the cheap nails of these pre-made presson nails. These can cause serious damage to the nail bed. On social media, luxury brands often sell press ons made of gel. These press-ons are made from gel and can give a little “give” if your nails get damaged, making them a less damaging option. These nails can be removed using acetone, which will dissolve the nail. They can also be safely removed by soaking them in oil and water. Luxury press-on nail designs offer more customization and safety, as well as credibility. You will also get more wear out of them over time. “Press-on nails can be a great option for those who want to switch up their nail look frequently without the commitment and maintenance of traditional manicures.”Courtesy of Faith Baxter (@luxurynailsbyfaith)

Press-on nails are not a replacement for acrylics or gels but they can complement these treatments. Press-on nails are a good option for people who like to change their nail style frequently, but don’t want the maintenance and commitment of traditional manicures.


Press-on nail treatments can be a great way to introduce people who have never considered getting their nails done before. Salons can introduce customers to nail treatments by offering an affordable, less intimidating alternative. They may even convert these clients into regular clients. Press-on nails are not a threat to the traditional treatments offered in nail salons. In the nail industry, everyone can support each other. They can be a great complement to nail services, and attract new clients to the industry with the right marketing.

Don’t use your nails as tools! This can damage your natural nail.

The advantages of press-on nails:

  1. ConveniencePress on nails are an easy and quick way to change up your nail style without having to visit a hair salon. The nails can be removed easily when you are ready to change them. They can be applied in minutes at home with adhesive tabs or glue.
  2. Affordability Press on nails are usually less expensive than acrylics or gel manicures. They are a budget-friendly alternative for those who wish to experiment with different nail styles without spending a fortune.
  3. Customization Press-on nails are available in many styles, colors and shapes, which allows for unlimited customization. You can select the perfect nail set to match any occasion or outfit at any time. Artists who work from home can take their time to perfect the design, rather than having to rush the appointment for the next customer.

Cons of Press-On Nailings:

  1. Durability Although press-on nail polish has improved in the past few years, it may still not last as long compared to traditional acrylics and gels. Depending on the brand, and how you care for them, you may have to reapply more often.
  2. Fit If you want the perfect fit, you will need to file down the cuticle of the press-on nails.
  3. Damage: Press-on nails that are not removed or applied properly can cause damage to your natural nails. Follow the instructions provided by the brand and be gentle when applying or removing the nails.


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