Children love dress up, especially if it makes them feel special. Whether your child wants to become a fairytale princess, or wants to look and feel glamorous when going to their first party, then a set of fake nails will set the outfit off. Maybe they’ve seen their Mom or favorite Aunt wear shiny, colorful or patterned fake nails and it’s always interested them to want their own. Monkey see, monkey do, as they say. Of course, as a parent, you want to ensure that the products you use for your children are safe in quality, but without having to break the bank. In this article, we’ll take an extensive look at a range of different nail kits, as well as exploring the considerations when purchasing them, how easy they are to apply and of course, remove.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Kids False Nails in 2019
- 1.1 1. SmitCo Nail Art Kit
- 1.2 2. Cat Themed Nails for Kids
- 1.3 3. Expressions 7 Day Nail Set
- 1.4 4. May Queen 3 Pack Nail Bar
- 1.5 5. MISUD French Nails 24 Pack
- 1.6 6. Beautia Junior Nails
- 1.7 7. Patterned Kids False Nails 64 Pack
- 1.8 8. Rainbow Nails Pack of 24
- 1.9 9. JPACO Unicorn Pre-Glued False Nails
- 1.10 10. 3 Pack Cute Girls False Nails
- 1.11 11. JoJo Siwa Press-On Nails
- 1.12 12. Children’s False Nails – Nude
- 1.13 13. 500 Piece Nail Art Kit
- 1.14 14. Justice for Girls Mermaid Nails
- 1.15 15. Be Me My Spa Experience
- 2 Overall Best Buy
Considerations When Choosing False Nails for Girls
The most important factor to consider when purchasing artificial nails is the health of the natural nail and nail bed itself. It goes without saying that some chemicals used during the process of applying acrylic nails, for example, are potentially harmful. You need to be careful to keep the natural nail in its best condition by limiting the risk of breaks and subsequently infections, so ensure you do your background checks before you jump straight in.
Another factor to consider is the cost. You want to be sure that the product you intend to buy is within your budget. Press on nails are far cheaper than the acrylic nails that are applied in the salon. But don’t forget, that the professionally applied acrylics will last far longer than the shop bought, glue on nails.
Best Kids False Nails in 2019
1. SmitCo Nail Art Kit
This fun and funky set is ideal for children who love the modern trend of emojis. It comes with a whole load of treats, including 20 press on nails, a range of scented nail polishes as well as a file to produce the best and even finish. It also offers numerous nail decals, as well as toe separators, so they can really feel like they’re having the full salon treatment.
A budget friendly gift, considering the amount that comes in the box, that is perfect for a sleepover or salon themed party.
They also assure parents that their products are toxin free and safe for children over the age of 6 years old.
2. Cat Themed Nails for Kids
This pack of 24 nails offers cute pink and black cat themed press on nails. They are pre-glued, which gives ease of use for younger children. The manufacturer promises a toxic free product, that is easy to remove just by soaking in a bowl of warm water, so no need for the dryness left behind with nail polish remover.
The nails within the pack come in different sizes, so as to fit children of various ages. This product is recommended to be gifted to children 7 years old and above.
3. Expressions 7 Day Nail Set
This pack of nails comes in either pastel colors, or bright colors, both perfect for achieving an eye-popping style. With 7 sets in the box, your child can treat themselves every day of the week. The nails in these sets are already fitted with an adhesive layer, so you don’t have to purchase extra nail glue.
Like other brands, the manufacturer promises removal with nothing but a few minutes in a bowl of warm water.
4. May Queen 3 Pack Nail Bar
Three, budget friendly sets of adorably designed nails. The patterns on these nails include softly colored images of ice cream cones, smiley faces and glittered rainbows. These self adhesive nails are appropriately short for young hands, although they require acetone nail polish to remove from the natural nail, which can cause dry skin.
The price is fair, considering you get a pack of three sets to choose from.
5. MISUD French Nails 24 Pack
This simple pack of 24 French manicured nails will give your child a sophisticated look. Toxic free and according to the manufacturers, appropriate for children aged 7 years and over. The beauty with this design is they are far more adult than the pinks and purples on the market, but they’re still age appropriate for your little girl.
These nails are self-adhesive and will easily come away with just the use of warm water.
6. Beautia Junior Nails
Another set of three cute acrylic nails, but this time offering kitsch and cute polka dot patterns in blues and pinks, or an alternative set of black and pink bows. A safe square cut and length, with self adhesive application to make it easy for young ones to apply and wear. Recommended for children over 7 years of age.
7. Patterned Kids False Nails 64 Pack
This large set of disposable nails come in a range of patterns and colors, from vibrant shades of pinks or greens, to glitter tipped square cut editions. The colored nails come with fashionable geometric designs, as well as floral decals and jewels.
This set would prove to be a great gift for a slumber party, the kids could spend hours applying these nails with each other. And there’s sure to be a style that would suit any personality.
8. Rainbow Nails Pack of 24
These beautifully colored acrylic nails give an ombre appearance to the hands. Simple to apply by pressing down for 30 seconds and claiming to be reusable, so you get more for your money. The manufacturer states that these nails will last for a minimum of 5 days yet can come away with the use of warm water.
9. JPACO Unicorn Pre-Glued False Nails
Entirely on trend, these unicorn nails would make the perfect accessory for a unicorn crazed child, or perhaps a unicorn themed party. Their cheap price could make them perfectly acceptable party gifts too.
The colors are vibrant and bright, whilst the unicorn designs are sweet and on trend. The mess free self adhesive quality of the nails, as well as the fact they are reusable are just an added bonus.
10. 3 Pack Cute Girls False Nails
These budget friendly nails are adorable, with their patent appearance and sweet designs. You can choose from kitty decals in white or black shades, or decorative and colorful cupcakes. These press on nails don’t require any additional glue, nor do they require fume inducing acetone polish to remove them. The perfect present for any youngster and her friends.
11. JoJo Siwa Press-On Nails
A familiar name among young girls worldwide, Jojo Siwa broke the Internet and the high Street with her range of large, bright and multicolored hair bows. This pack of press on nails are just as colorful and bright, with nails entirely encased in glitter, as well as uplifting quoted decals such as “dream, believe, achieve” and “cute and confident”. Despite these nails being self adhesive, the glue itself is in the middle of the nail, so may not be ideal for smaller fingers, so purchasing extra nail glue may be the best option for this set.
12. Children’s False Nails – Nude
A huge pack of plain nails for those who want to practice applying them like a tiny technician. These super cheap 200 pack come in many sizes, so children of different ages can enjoy playing dress up with them. The beauty of these is the fact they can be decorated by any means, making them personal to the owner. Maybe add some sticker decals of their favorite cartoon character, or paint them their favorite color. The possibilities are endless with this practical pack.
13. 500 Piece Nail Art Kit
A more fun take on nail application for your child, this extensive gift will keep them busy for days. With a collection of transparent nails that can be cut and filed to the desired length, and decorated with an array of items within the pack. Your daughter can choose from glittery rhinestones in gold or other colors, or gradient sponges to create a rainbow pattern. There are also a lot of nail stickers with vibrant colors and designs.
14. Justice for Girls Mermaid Nails
Closely following the trend of unicorns and Jojo, are the mythical beauty of mermaids. This set of holographic nails will provide a mermaid fan with the perfect nails. With cute seashells stuck to the electric blue nails and a sweet melon scent, your child will love them.
15. Be Me My Spa Experience
Salon parties are becoming more and more popular among little girls, but they can be a bit pricey. With this lot, you won’t have to worry about the cost, as it’s all included. Not only will your child receive sets of press on nails, complete with toe dividers, polish and files, but they’ll also have a satin face mask, a miniature foot spa and a small bag to keep their wealth of new accessories.
Overall Best Buy
After delving into each of these products, I have to say the best buy would be the Spa Experience. The pack is quite literally a party in a box for a small group of kids, perfect for treating your child for their birthday. With nails as well as a salon treatment, you get more for your money and a happy child. Win win!
What are the Different Styles of Fake Nails?
There are now so many styles to choose from, that it can be a bit of a minefield. Whether press on, acrylic or gel nails, they generally come in an array of colors, shapes and lengths. Some are textured, whilst others are matte or patent. You can opt for a glittery nail or a statement set of metallic nails. You can even find holographic nails on the market. You may want to steer towards a short acrylic nail for your child, as opposed to a set of pointy nails, for safety reasons.
Are False Nails Easy to Apply?
Nowadays, many brands of press on nails come with simple and clear instructions on how to apply them at home with the best results. Some also come with the tools to allow this.
Prepping the natural nail is the key to a successful application process. Below is a basic guide to prepping your nails.
1. Start by removing old polish, then wash your hands.
2. Trim and file your nails so they are even. You want them short, but not cut all the way to the quick.
3. Use a cuticle stick to push them back, don’t trim them, as this can open them up for infection.
4. Finally, give them a quick buff to give them a rough surface. This will help the glue to adhere better to the natural nail.
How Can I Safely Remove These Nails?
Now you’ve got the nails on, you’ll be wondering how to get fake nails off. It’s best to have professionally adhered acrylic nails removed by a nail technician.
Press on nails are simpler to remove. Soak the hands in polish, or if the pack instructs, a bowl of warm water, this will help to dissolve the glue. Then gently pull them away from the natural nail and clean any remaining glue with the polish on a cotton wool pad.
At What Age Can My Daughter Wear False Nails?
When it comes to professionally applied false nails, such as acrylics or gel, there are rules. Legally, any reputable salon will turn away anyone under the age of 16 years for nail treatments, unless accompanied and given permission by an adult. Even then, some nail technicians aren’t keen on applying these nails to anyone under the age or 21, due to the care and upkeep that is required.
Press on nails are a safe and cheaper alternative for younger children. Ultimately, it is down to the parent of the child to decide when is an appropriate age for false nails, but most packages state the appropriate age of the product, with the majority stating from 6 years and above.