I used to consider my regular nail appointments non-negotiable until I tried Static Nails.
At the beginning of the pandemic, one of the things I missed most was the days of self-care. I would visit my favorite hair and nail salons after combing Instagram for the best seasonal nail trends and submitting my favorite for my nail technique to recreate during my consultation.
Like many people, I switched to DIY beauty treatments during quarantine. I quickly realized that not only was I spending hundreds of dollars every month on self-care – mostly to style my eyebrows and comb my hair – but that my nail ritual had left me with damaged nails. My nails were cracked, dry and just in poor condition due to overuse of acrylic nails.
I promised myself that I would never use acrylic nails again and that I would find a healthier way to do my nails with regular nail polish or gel. It felt like an exchange – I would have healthier nails, but I would feel less groomed. But then I discovered Static Nails Pop On Nails (buy, $14, nordstrom.com) and realized I could have my cake and eat it too.
I was initially apprehensive about trying Static Nails Pop On Nails due to my previous experiences with press-on nails in my teens. I managed to make a mess of putting nail glue all over the place and even stuck my fingers together while trying to apply false nails. My experience with Static Nails was completely different.
I tried Static Nails Reusable Pop-on Nails (buy, $14, nordstrom.com) on “Toasted Sugar” shaped like an almond. From the beginning I was extremely impressed. To apply them, simply apply the included nail glue to the back of the nail and a layer on your real clean, dry nail, then press and hold for about 30 seconds before shaping the nail further, if you wish. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes to complete and leaves me with professional looking results. The application was so quick and perfect that I thought the nails wouldn’t have longevity, but actually stayed for another week. Better yet, nails can be reapplied multiple times with additional glue.
Buy It: Static Nails Almond Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set, $14, nordstrom.com
In my experience, nails only last a week, whether I’m using a new nail or reusing a set. And FWIW, Static Nails reports that their glue won’t damage your real nails because it breaks over time. This also seems to be the case, as my nails still look healthy after I remove a set of Static. To do this, BTW, you soak your nails in a mixture of water, olive oil and a little acetone to break up the nail glue and safely remove each nail. I tend to let my natural nails breathe freely for a few days between styles before reapplying or trying a new pack. During those days, I use my favorite CND Solar Oil nail and cuticle conditioner (buy, $13, ulta.com) to ensure my nails are soft and healthy for the next time I decide to put on some static nails.
In addition to the easy application and removal processes, Static Nails Pop On designs set them apart from your typical pressed nails. The brand has a plethora of cute, modern and creative nails to choose from. You can browse options like a glossy black coffin-shaped variation (Buy, $14, nordstrom.com) or an almond-shaped cheetah-print French set (Buy, $16, nordstrom.com)
Since discovering Static Nails Reusable Pop-on Nails, I have cut most expenses related to my nail care and my nail health has never been better. I get compliments about them and no one can say I applied them myself. After finally getting vaccinated, I’m eager to find safe and healthy ways to get back to a semi-normal way of life, but I’m in no hurry to get back to the nail salon when I have it at my – literal – fingertips.