How to Soak Off Press On nails: The Ultimate Guide

How to Soak Off Press On nails

When you first hear the word “soak off” your first impression is it’s probably something that’ll leave your hands feeling greasier than they’ll ever be again. Especially when you remember that soaking off press-on nails is a process I’ve been doing for over a year and a half. It’s not something that can be rushed, so before you start worrying about how and when to do it, just know this: it WILL feel different. And it will leave your hands looking like they were dipped in ketchup (at least for the first few times). So there you go another reason why soak-off is so important. But don’t worry: it won’t be as gross as it will make you think. And maybe most importantly, I promise – it will leave your hands looking more like they did at 15 years old than they did at 30! So let’s get started.

How to Soak Off Press On nails

1. Soak Off Press Ons

It’s important to note that if you’re going to soak off the press on nails, you need to do them over an old pair of your own nails. Otherwise, your new ones will absorb the nail polish remover and come out a mess.

2. Add Remover

I use acetone because it’s the cheapest option and it works great. You can also use nail polish remover, but I find that acetone does a better job of getting rid of the press-on nail and removing it faster than nail polish remover does.

3. Wait Until They’re Dry!

This might take a while depending on how long your nails were in press-ons and how much they grew while they were in them. But don’t worry – they will dry eventually (usually within about 2 or 3 hours). Just make sure you don’t go to sleep because this process can take up to 6 hours! You can also speed up the process by placing a fan at different heights near where you’re doing the job and turning it on for around 20 minutes every hour or so – this helps dry out your hands quicker.

4. Remove Nail Polish With Acetone

The best way I’ve found for removing nail polish is by using some sort of cotton swab or piece of clean fabric (like an old T-shirt) dipped in acetone. It’s important that your cotton swab isn’t too wet, so make sure you test it on your finger first.

5. Repeat Steps 3 & 4 until all the nail polish is gone

Once all of the nail polish is removed, you’ll want to wash your hands with soap and water to remove the acetone. To speed up the process, I suggest using some sort of hand sanitizer – it helps cut down on the time it takes for your hands to dry out.

6. Remove Press On Nails

Once you’ve washed your hands and dried them off, you can start removing them. Just scrape the press-on nails off with a flat-edged tweezer or something similar. Be careful not to rip off any of your real nails!

7. Wash Hands Again!

This step is important because if you don’t wash them again after removing the press-ons, they will start growing back like crazy! So make sure to wash and dry your hands again after removing all of the press-on nails.

What’s the difference between soak off and press on?

1. Soak Off

This is the easiest way to remove press-on nails. You need to soak your real nails in acetone for at least one hour and then peel them off.

2. Press On

This is the hardest method of removing press-on nails. You have to use a special type of nail polish remover that can remove the press-ons without damaging your real nails. The problem with this method is that it’s very expensive and it takes a long time to dry – you’ll be waiting for at least 6 hours before you can remove them!

Why soak off is so important!

1. Soak Off Removes Press On Nails!

This is the most important reason why soak-off is so much better than press-ons. If you use a soak-off nail polish remover, it will remove ALL of your press-on nails – even the ones that don’t have any nail polish on them! This means that you’ll be able to save all of your real nails and they won’t start growing back like crazy.

2. Soak Off Has More Effects Than Press Ons!

Soak-offs also seem to last a lot longer. I’ve tried many different types of press ons and the ones that I bought from Sally’s usually only lasted for about 3 weeks before they started growing back – which isn’t too bad, but it still makes me want to buy some more! But with soak-offs, I’ve found them to last upwards of 6 weeks – which is really good considering how expensive they are!

3. Soak Off Removes Press On Nails!

The other main advantage of soak-offs is that they remove all of the press on nails. This is really important because if you were to use a press-on remover and it didn’t remove all of the press-ons, then you’d be left with some real nails and some fake nails! That would be very confusing and it wouldn’t look very good at all. But if you use a soak-off remover, then this won’t happen at all – your real nails will come out perfectly!

What Are The Pros of Using Nails As Sizes?

1. Nails Are Long Lasting!

The main advantage of using nails as sizes is that they last a lot longer than regular nail polish. This means that you’ll only have to buy them once and then you can keep using them for a long time – which is great!

2. They’re Easy To Use!

Press-on nails are really easy to use. You just paint your nails with some nail polish, stick on the press-on nails and then paint over the top of them. That’s it! It’s just like normal nail polish – except it’s much easier to apply because you don’t have to worry about having enough polish on the brush because it comes in a bottle.

3. They’re Cheap!

The other big benefit of using nails as sizes is that they’re really cheap! You can find them for about $1 or less at any drug store, so it doesn’t cost very much at all to buy a pack of 10 or 20 or even 100 press-ons – which makes it really easy to have plenty of press-ons in case you accidentally get some real nails too close together.

What Are The Cons of Using Nails As Sizes?

1. It’s Time Consuming!

The main disadvantage of using nails as sizes is that it takes a long time to apply them. You have to paint your nails and then you have to press on the nails – so it takes a lot longer than just painting them with nail polish.

2. They’re Not Handy For Travel!

Another disadvantage of using nails as sizes is that they’re not very handy for travel. If you’re going anywhere for a few days or even a week, then you might want to keep some press-one on hand in case you accidentally get some real nails too close together. But if you’re going away for a few weeks and need to take your real nail polish with you, then it’s pretty difficult if not impossible because they won’t fit in any of your bags or suitcases. So if this is something that can happen to you, then I’d recommend just sticking with regular nail polish instead of using press-ons for long periods of time – although I’ve found that when I’m away from home for more than a week or two at a time, I always end up using my press-on nails instead of my real ones because they’re so much easier and quicker!

3. They Can Be Messy!

The final disadvantage of using press-one is that they can be very messy – especially if there are lots more than 5 or 10 rows in one row. If there are more than 5 or 10 rows per row, then it takes longer to apply them and they’re hard to apply because you have to wait for each row to dry before you put them on the next row. So it’s best not to have too many rows per row or else they’ll be harder and messier.

The Last Line

So when it comes to using press-ons for long periods of time, I’d recommend sticking with regular nail polish for longer trips away from home or else you’ll end up using press-ons instead of your real nails. But when it comes to short periods of time, then I’d recommend using press-ons – because they’re really easy and quick to apply and they’re not messy at all!


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