Applying Press On Nail with Adhesive Tabs

Applying Press On Nail with Adhesive Tabs

Press on nails are incredible and very popular! If you’re not wearing today’s press on nails, you may be missing out big time! It’s changed the nail game and has become a great salon alternative. Remember when it used to be so OBVIOUS you were wearing the drug store press ons? Remember those super thin, fragile press on nails? Not anymore. Today’s press on nails are giving realistic salon looks. A person wouldn’t even know you are wearing press on nails because they look so realistic. Some of your favorite celebrities are wearing press on nails as a way to get instant nails and to save time. Guess what? Even some your favorite celebs wore press on nail from this shop! Press on nails from our shop at Shaye Glam Nails are natural looking, high quality with salon results. Now let’s talk about press on nail application.

When applying press on nails there are two main ways: nail glue or nail adhesive tabs. Now, you may wonder what’s the difference between nail glue and nail adhesive tabs? See below for the differences.



Nail glue is used if you desire a more long-term wear. With proper nail prep and application, press on nails applied with nail glue can last 2+ weeks and longer. 



In contrast, if you desire a short-term wear and do not want the press on nails on for too long, nail adhesive tabs are a great alternative. Application with nail adhesive tabs can last 1-2 days depending on your lifestyle and nail prep. You may be asking why would I want to wear nails for a short period of time?


Here are the following reasons to apply press on nails with nail adhesive tabs for temporary wear:

  • Instant nails and manicure in minutes
  • Easy to use and apply
  • Easy to remove safely
  • Instantly reusable when kept clean 
  • No Commitment: Nail adhesive tabs allow you to change your nails often frequently. With nail glue, you would have to wait several days or more so the nail glue can loosen up before soaking off. 
  • Temporary Wear: Nail tabs are great are photo shoots, again, because you can easily change your nail styles in minutes.
  • If you want to wear nails for just a special event, few hours or for a quick selfie, you want the adhesive tabs. Put them on and take them easily within minutes or hours.
  • Nail tabs are perfect if you have a career that does not allow nails. If you work Mon-Fri, you can wear your press on nails with tabs throughout the weekend and remove them Sunday evening before work! Your boss will never know. 


How to Apply Press On Nails with Adhesive Tabs:

  • Thoroughly wash and dry your hands
  • Trim and file your nails is recommended
  • Rub alcohol wipe or pure acetone on your nail. You want your nail beds to be dry without any oils or residue so that press on nails can stay on. Press ons will not last of your nail beds are oily or have moisture. Nail dehydrator is optional.
  • Find a nail adhesive tab closes to your nail size.
  • Apply nail adhesive tab to the press on nail or your nail bed. Applying to your natural nail is recommended.
  • Remove the plastic film from adhesive tab.
  • Apply press on nail to your natural nail and hold for 10-20 seconds; the longer you hold the better. 
  • Continue this process for each nail.
  • Done!


Disclaimer: when using adhesive tabs try to stay away from oils. Excessive exposer to oil, water or anything with moisture can cause loosen the press on nails and cause them to fall off while wearing.


Removing Press On Nails Applied with Adhesive Tabs

When you’re ready to remove your press on nails applied with adhesive tabs, simply soak in your hands in warm water and hand soap. The nails will easily and safely pop off. You can also use a cuticle pusher to help lift the nails. Of course, never forcefully remove press on nails. Allow the water to do the job of loosening the nails.


Soaking your nails in pure acetone is also an option. However, soaking off your press on nails in pure acetone will destroy your nail sets and you will not be able to reuse them. It’s always a bit of messy process. In addition, pure acetone can also make your hands and nails extremely dry. Soaking nails in soap water is an overall recommended option as you are able to save your nails while also maintaining the health of your natural nails.


Now that you know how to apply press on nails with adhesive tabs, you can order your press on nail sets today. Our shop offers 10 or 24 press on nails, as well as Back Nails for a bonus. Shop Now. 

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