Press-on nails are easy to apply, but the removal process can be daunting.
Press-on nails have certainly entered their heyday since the start of quarantine. Long gone are the days of the stiff, plasticky press-ons that you could previously buy at Claire’s — now sets come with a whole kit for giving yourself a five-star manicure at home.
The only problem is how to safely remove press-ons without having the nail glue completely destroy your real nails.
A press-on nail company, Sugarclaws, recently went viral for one of its uploads to TikTok — a nail removal tutorial that now has over 48 million views.
“I was today years old when I found out…” the video’s text says.
In the clip, a person is seen adding droplets of argan oil to a bowl of soapy water, then letting their nails soak. After dipping their hands a few times, the press-on nail comes off effortlessly.
A different popular TikTok tutorial shows yet another nail company sharing the formula to making press-on removal successful.
Sugarclaws’ preferred method involves mixing the argan oil with very hot water and letting your nails soak for 30 minutes before gently pressing them off. Other commenters claimed that any oil — including olive oil — can work.
“Argan oil is the trick,” one commenter agreed.
“I thought I came across witchcraft TikTok,” another joked.
“Where was this a week ago??” another lamented. “My thumb nail went with it when I peeled the nail off.”
For the record, many commenters also warned against using this tactic with acrylic nails or gel manicures — so only use this practice for press-ons.
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