The Ultimate Press-on Nail Application Guide

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The Pressing Issue: Why Do Your Press-On Nails Keep Popping Off? 

Many love press-ons for its quick and stylish solution for those seeking fabulous nails without the hassle of salon appointments. However, if you've found yourself frustrated with your press-on nails constantly popping off, you're not alone. In this blog, we'll explore some common reasons behind this issue and how you can avoid them with practical solutions to make sure your press-on nails stay on for 2+ weeks.

  1. Preparation is KEY: One of the primary reasons your press-on nails might be popping off is inadequate preparation of your natural nails. Ensure that your nails are clean, dry, and free from any oils or lotions before applying the press-ons. The most important thing is making sure that your nails are well dehydrated. Buffing the surface of your nails can also help create a rough surface on your nail beds, allowing the glue to better grab onto the nails. Consider using a quality nail prep kit, like the one available at Bessie to optimize the adhesion process.

  2. Size Matters: Choosing the correct size for your press-on nails is crucial. If the nails are too big or too small, they will create air bubbles underneath the press-ons and hence won't adhere properly, leading to frequent pops. When choosing between a bigger and a smaller press-ons, go for a slight smaller one. The trick is to grab the corners of the nails, gently expand the press-ons. This allows the press-ons to be flatter but bigger in size, and fitting perfectly to your natural nails. However, you have a curvier nail, choose a bigger nail size and file it down in size with a nail file provided by most press-on nail kit.

  3. Application Technique: The way you apply your press-on nails matters. Be sure that you press the nails at an angle to the natural nails, holding them in place for at least 20 seconds to allow the adhesive to bond effectively. Our Zero Damage Press-on Nail Application Instruction page offers valuable insights to perfect your application technique.

  4. Avoid Hot Water Exposure: Excessive exposure to hot water can weaken the adhesive bond, making your press-on nails more prone to popping off. When doing household chores or immersing your hands in hot water like showering, consider wearing protective gloves. 

  5. Quality Matters: Investing in high-quality press-on nails can make a significant difference. Bessie's zero damage press-on nails offers a range of premium press-on nails designed for durability and long-lasting wear.


By addressing these common issues, you can enjoy long-lasting press-on nail experience. Follow proper preparation techniques, choose the right size, perfect your application method, avoid hot water exposure, and invest in quality press-on nails from Bessie. With these tips and tricks, your press-on nails will stay in place throughout your busy day and fit into your every lifestyle!