I am so excited! Have you ever wondered what products to use with your press-ons in order to safely remove, and then store them in order to re-use? Me too! I tried some things for fun!
I have been so excited to try out all these things for you guys! Where to start? Firstly, you should know I have already done an in-depth post with videos on applying press-ons from start to finish. In that view I chose to highlight using glue. So this post is going to focus more on options for temporary use, mainly because I really wanted to test these things out for fun!!!!
I need to start with some personal history.
I’ve personally worn press-ons only a handful of times in my life. My favorite way of wearing them was with a kit I purchased at walmart, which came with double-sided glue-on tabs. These were paper thin and they felt great, but of course, they had only lasted a couple of hours.
Another type of tab I remeber using was the (and is quite popular) jelly-like sticky tabs. Again, stick on two sides, and adhere significantly stronger that the paper-thin ones. However, in my experience (and years ago) they created gaps on all sides, because they did not really fit my full natural nail, and felt squishy, but they did have a strong hold. I can’t say I liked my hair getting caught every time I touched it though. I have recently heard many people say this is their preferred method to apply them, so keep in mind products are most likely different from when I tried them about 20 years ago!!
And lastly, nail glue. Glue is great, but I did not used to take care of my nails way back then, so I can’t say I cared about the damage it caused when I inevitably ripped them off when I was done. Because damage will definitely happen if you just pull them off.
Now I care about my nails. Even though nail glue is still a fantastic option for long-wear use of press-ons, I wanted to see what other products we could use to re-use! Because maybe you’d like a REALLY nice set to be used for special occasions. Or maybe you want to wear them on the weekends but not to work. You know, like strip lashes, or clip on hair extensions. Is there a way to apply nails in this manner, then take them off and save them for future use?
Im gonna share what I used, and hopefully you find something that fits your need.
1. The first thing I tried- Craft tape.
This is a double sided tape that is very similar in idea to press-on tabs, except it's a whole roll you can cut and shape to your exact measurements.
2. The most accessible: Eyelash adhesive! Easy to aquire, easy to carry. The one I tried is from House of Lashes, however, this has piqued my interest into other adhesives I want to try!
3. The one I feel should've been obvious: Prosthetic adhesive! You heard me... prosthetic adhesive!!! Why is this not more common?
4. The last thing I tried is hardly worth mentioning... it was craft liquid adhesive from the dollar store. I wanted to have this as a great option, but it failed deeply.
If you see my video "How to Re-Use Your Press-Ons - Let's Try Some Products" you can see how each of them applied and how they performed!
In summary, my favorite was the crafting tape because it had a very strong hold. In second place was the prosthetic adhesive, and not too far behind, the eyelash glue! Please let me know if you try any of these products!
Don't forget to check out these other videos related to Press-On Nails:
How To Apply Your Press-Ons With Glue
How To Size Your Nails For Press-Ons