5 Things You Have To Re-Learn When You Have Fake Nails

Ah, the joys of press-on nails...
Publish date:
February 3, 2015
nails, fake nails, press-on nails, long nails, artificial nails

You’re never as aware of how often you use your fingers and nails as tools as when you're wearing fake nails. Because they didn’t grow over a period of time, giving you the space to become used to longer nails, false nails make navigating the world more difficult. Seemingly effortless tasks suddenly require intense concentration.

Luckily for you, I use fake nails enough to have learned how to deal with the sudden growth spurt while keeping all 10 of them intact.

Typing And Texting

The most immediately horrifying thing that happens after you press on your talons is that you’ll get a message, pick up your phone, and press every key. The easiest way to get around this is to hold your fingers differently. While you normally type with the tips of your fingers, having false nails on doesn’t allow for that, because you’ll just end up stabbing the keys with them. If you hold your fingers straight, and not curved, you will manage to avoid this problem by typing with the pads of your fingers instead, eliminating any future scratches on your precious screen or keyboard.

Flushing The Toilet

If, like me, you have a toilet with one of those push-button flushes, you may struggle somewhat. That’s because pressing down and into the button like you may usually do--with the tip of your finger--can make you catch and lose a nail or hurt yourself. All you need to remember is to use your knuckle instead.

Opening Things

Whenever something requires intricate work, I use my nails. Clasps, phone covers, hair clips--they all present a prime opportunity to test the strength of my nails. (I shouldn’t be using my nails to open things at all, but I also shouldn’t spend six hours a day on Tumblr, so…) Instead of using your nails to open things, try using the side of your fingers. It works as well and won’t result in broken nails (be they false or real).


I know that scratching an itch is also not a good idea, but it’s going to happen anyway. The other night, I scratched my leg and my press-on nail flew off my pinky. Even though it was 1 a.m., I had to turn on the light and look for it and didn’t find it until the next morning when I went to shower (it was stuck to the inside of my pajama shorts, which made all the early morning searching under the bed and inside the duvet cover that much more frustrating). Long story short: scratching yourself can result in one man down. To avoid this, I’ve taken to using another finger to press down on a nail before scratching, thus holding it firmly in place. No more 2 a.m. search parties!

Applying Lip Balm

By far the most disgusting problem I encounter when I press on them fake nails is trying to get lip balm or Vaseline out of the tub. Ending up with product inside the false nail is unhygienic and, well, a real waste of product. Always remember to use the side of your finger when reaching for the Vaseline.

  • Do you have any tips for doing daily tasks with long or fake nails?
  • Do you also open things with your nails?
  • What is the hardest thing you’ve had to do while wearing false nails?