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How to Properly Size Red Aspen Nail Dashes

Why Use Press-on Nails?

Red Aspen Nail Dashes are the perfect alternative to salon acrylics or dip manicures. Nail Dashes are press-on nails that can last anywhere from a few days, up to two weeks. Just add nail glue and you're ready to rock! With endless options for color, designs, and styles, you're sure to find the manicure of your dreams.

Skip the hours at the salon and save your money! Our press-on nails are perfect for tossing in your bag for an inexpensive, flawless manicure on the go!

Not only do our Nail Dashes look good, but all Red Aspen nails are cruelty-free, phthalate-free and paraben-free.

But when using press-on nails, it's important to use the correct sizes for your nails.


Why is Sizing Important?

When wearing press-on nails, it's important to pick false nails that fit well on top of your natural nails. Having an ill-fitting false nail can result in your nails not lasting as long as they could, leading to a manicure lost too soon.

A loose fitting fake nail can overlap onto the skin surrounding your nail and cause glue to spread from the natural nail to your skin. Tight fitting fake nails can cause discomfort to your natural nails and create a sensation of too much pressure. While these won't damage your nails or skin, they're not fun to deal with!

What are the Size Options?

Each box of Red Aspen Nail Dashes come with at least 24 nails in different sizes, so you'll have plenty of sizing options to choose from. Not only that, but each shape of nail we offer comes with different sizes. Every shape will come with size 0, our biggest size.

Short and long square nails will go up to a size 9 and come with half sizes (4.5, 5.5, etc.)

Short coffin and short almond will go up to a size 15.

Acrylic, short squoval nails go up to a size 14. 

Medium coffin, medium oval, and medium almond nails also go up to a size 14. Pro tip: The higher the number, the smaller the nail!

Red Aspen also has a line of petite nails which are perfect for those with smaller nails and nail beds. Petite sizes still run in sizes 0-9 along with half sizes, but the nails are significantly smaller than the regular Nail Dash sizes.

There are duplicates of each size, as well, so you'll be able to mirror the size of one hand to the other, if needed!

All sizing numbers are located at the tops of your press on nails, where the tip of your nail will go!

Which Shape Will Fit My Nails Best?

Shapes are entirely up to you! If you like long, dramatic nails that help with the illusion of slimmer fingers - then medium almonds and coffins are for you. But if you prefer a shorter nail, our short square and Acrylic squoval nails will be right up your alley.

Looking for the best of both worlds? Check out our short coffin nails, short almond nails, and medium ovals! There are plenty of options so you can find your dream look.

Pick the shapes, color, and nail art you desire, and you're ready to get sizing!

Should I Use Regular or Petite Nails?

Our petite press-on nails are perfect for those with smaller nail beds. Take a look at your natural nails, do they look on the small side? Do you have a short nail bed? Then give our petite nails a try! Our petite nails are also perfect for the little sister, niece, or mini me in your life, as the smaller sizes are an ideal fit for their smaller nails.

How Do I Figure Out Which Size Fits?

The easiest way to gauge the size of your false nails is to hold them up to your natural nails! Simply grab a fake nail that looks close to the size of the nail you're fitting and try it on without the glue.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

"Does this nail feel tight?" If yes, try a bigger size.

"Did I have to push hard to make the fake nail lay flush against my natural nail?" If yes, try a bigger size.

"Is the nail overlapping onto the skin around my nail?" If yes, try a smaller size.

"Was I easily able to place it over my nail without overlap?" If yes, then you've found your size!

As you find the right size for each finger, lay the nails out on the surface in front you in order from pinky to thumb. This helps avoid any confusion or mixup on which false nail should go on which finger!

What If I Can't Find a Perfect Fit?

Even with our wide range of sizes, there might not be a press-on nail that perfectly fits your natural nail. But fear not, it's not the end of the world! Try to find the next best size, usually one half size or full size up. Our press on nails can be trimmed and filed to fit the shape you need, so you can take a file to the sides and slim the nail down, if needed!

How Do I Apply Nail Dashes?

Applying press-on nails is a quick and easy process, and the Nail Dash box comes with everything you need! Nail Dashes come with nail glue, a cuticle pusher, a nail file and buffer, and of course, your press on nails!

  1. Begin with bare nails. Wash and dry hands.
  2. Push back cuticles.
  3. Lightly file surface of nail bed. Clean nails with rubbing alcohol for better Dash adhesion.
  4. Apply nail glue to natural nail and/or back of Dash.
  5. Align Dash with cuticle and apply at a 45-degree angle.
  6. Press Dash to natural nail firmly for 30 seconds.
  7. Clip or file Nail Dashes to desired length or shape.
  8. TIP: Apply Nail Dashes starting with the pinky and ending with the thumb.

Poof! Now you have a stunning, long lasting manicure in a dash!

How Can I Elevate My Manicure?

Red Aspen Nail Dash boxes have the bare necessities for achieving a sleek and fun manicure, but if you're looking to up your game, Red Aspen has the tools for you.

Brush On Nail Dash Glue

Want a reusable, easy-to-apply nail adhesive? Our Brush-on nail glue is perfect for you. This adhesive will ensure your nails will stay put, while giving you an easier application in the process.

Cuticle Remover

Struggling with rough cuticles that just won't budge? Try our Cuticle Remover! In only 30 seconds, this vegan, cruelty-free remover will soften and dissolve dead skin, remove excess cuticles, break down nail glue, and help with achieving healthy-looking nails!

Cuticle Pusher

If the small, wood cuticle pusher isn't your thing, then take a look at our dual-sided stainless steel pusher! Both easy to use and easy to clean, this is a great reusable way to push back your cuticles before applying press-on nails.

Cuticle Nipper

This tool is essential if you seem to always find yourself with pesky hangnails and excess cuticles. These sharp, stainless steel nippers will help you achieve a manicure free of unwanted dead skin.

Nail Dash Reshaper

Found the perfect nail art for you but in a style that's too long for your liking? Not a problem! The Nail Dash Reshaper is a great tool to have because it can shape and cut your press-on nails to your desired length.

Nail Dash Remover Tool

Looking for a way to easily remove your press-on nails? Look no further! To use this curved flosser, use the mini pick piece to gently break the glue seal around the edges of the Dash. Then, lightly slide the flosser side of the tool between the Dash and your natural nail starting at the cuticle. Slowly work the threader to the tip of the nail. This tool works by releasing the adhesive seal created by the glue, allowing the fake nails to easily pop off!

Nail Dash Tabs

Not a fan of nail glue? We get it. That's why we offer individual adhesive tabs as an alternative to use. These tabs are perfect for short-term wear, allowing you to easily swap out one manicure for another! They’re also great in a pinch if you quickly need to replace one of your false nails.

From Beginner to Pro, We've Got You

Using press-on nails for the first time can be intimidating, but Red Aspen is here to make sure you look (and feel) good.

To shop Red Aspen's wide variety of Nail Dashes and Nail Accessories, visit!

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