Press ons gang gang where you at? So I did a thing after considering it for so long, and that thing was ordering custom press ons. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and I haven’t, for obvious reasons, gotten my nails done. The last time I had nails and a full set was my bridal shower and my wedding. Loved them but the damage that came from both sets is no longer worth it to me. I’ll get into that in a little bit, but just know the press ons game has changed significantly.
After spending what felt like months looking at Jackie Aina’s nails and seeing that she wore press ons, I was determined to make the change, but less than thrilled to measure my nails etc. I put it off for a while until I realized that I wanted some nails when I wanted them not when I could be fit into a schedule.
That said I’m sharing 4 reasons I started wearing press ons.
Press Ons Provide Ease + Flexibility
If there is one thing I don’t have time for at this point in my life it’s being on someone else’s schedule. I’m happy for people that are booked and busy but that doesn’t work for me. Press ons are not new and have certainly been around for a while, but once lockdown hit some nail techs started doing custom press ons.
Custom press ons aren’t much different from what you get in the store, but the cool thing is, you don’t have to do a ton of work to figure out what your nail size is; it’s not THAT much work but we like ease okay. I love the fact that once you know your size you basically enter custom press ons heaven and can order as many as you like. Everything feels good when it’s custom anyway. I appreciate the flexibility and ability to put nails on when I feel like it.
I braided my hair and my reward for finishing was putting my nails on. No dry time, no cancelled appointments, no disappointments, no chemical smells, nothing.
Change When I Want + Design Variety
I prefer using glue with press ons instead of the sticky tabs. I’ve literally lost so many press ons using the sticky tabs version and it was ghetto. I was at a brunch, lost a nail and couldn’t find it! I knew I was done with store bought sticky tab press ons after that incident. Even though I’ve chosen the glue route it still allows me to change my nails when I want. I’ve always joked that the real me wants and needs weekly manicures and polish changes but that comes with more money and needing more appointments. If I want white press ons this week and yellow ones next week I can have that.
My favorite thing about custom press ons is I get the variety of shape and design without the same price tag of someone putting them on me. Marble nails, blinged out nails, plain solids, all of those options are readily available. I’m a bit indecisive when it comes to designs so seeing them in advance is so helpful for me personally.
No More Nail Dents
I don’t know what it is about my nails, if I wasn’t getting them done enough or what, but EVERY TIME I’ve worn acrylics, I always got these nail dents at the bed of my nails and as my real nails grew out and the fake nail grew upwards the dent would get deeper.
I’ve blamed it on myself, blamed it on nail techs and I still can’t figure out why it happens, but it caused my nails to be so sensitive and whether it was gel on top or getting another set, it just wasn’t good for my nails to keep going through that. The dents I had from my bridal shower nails and my wedding nails took MONTHS to fully grow out.
Press ons eliminate all of that. I don’t have to worry about my nails being torn up underneath. I don’t have to worry about the down time that comes from my nails growing or recovering from that damage. I mean even my husband is impressed! He Doesn’t care for super long nails but he was really gassing me up about them.
Press Ons Are Inexpensive
Full sets vary based on length, designs, type of application and the like. I’ve really come to love nails that are sculpted, they are lighter and feel like they are barely there, but that comes with a price tag. I’m for sure one who used to go hard on the nail designs. Never really set a budget and that can be dangerous when you think about it over the course of time. It was something that no longer made sense long term.
Thankfully press ons, design depending, are a fraction of the price. You can get a book of nails with 3-4 solid colors for $60-$65 from some shops. 4 sets of press ons, for less than $70!? Sign me up! Not only is that variety but you’re set for a while depending on how often you change your press ons. I personally feel like that is just a better bargain when I think long term.
Needless to say I’ve been considering this move for a while, but did feel a bit apprehensive about it. Now that I’ve made the leap, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to traditional full sets, but for some reason I’m insanely empowered by that.
All in all I’m glad I took the leap; glad I decided to at least try it. Now the plan is to find my favorite shops and start to review the press ons I’ve ordered. I would have ordered more by now, but making sure you know your nail size is key. Most shops sell sizing kits but if you have a soft measuring tape then you can easily measure and find out. Sizes are typically, S, M and L, or the option for custom. Custom sizing just means you might need a variety of sizes. Everyone’s nails and nail beds are different.