Nail Dashes 101

OTHER FAQ's

WHAT ARE NAIL DASHES?

Red Aspen’s Nail Dashes offer a reusable, pop-on, salon quality manicure for a fraction of the price and time you’d spend in a salon. Dashes can be removed, customized and reapplied.

WHAT COMES IN A PACK?

Each Dash pack comes with at least 24 nails (you’ll only need 10, which means you’ll have 14 backup nails), a mini cuticle stick, a mini dual buffer/ file combo, a nail glue, and a silver mat.

WHAT SHAPES AND LENGTHS ARE AVAILABLE?

Dashes currently come in:
LENGTHS: petite (for small nail beds/kids), short, medium, long and extra long for fingernails and one length for toenails.
SHAPES: square, round, coffin, stiletto & almond. Dashes can also be clipped and/or filed to achieve your desired length and shape.   

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RED ASPEN NAIL DASHES?

Easy to apply, Non-damaging, Reusable, Apply in minutes, Fraction of the salon cost, Variety of shapes, lengths & finishes not easily obtained through polish, stickers or wraps.

WHAT MAKES NAIL DASHES SO GREAT?

Cruelty-free, phthalate free, paraben free, gluten free, appropriate for all skin types.

*HOW MUCH GLUE SHOULD I USE?

The amount of glue you use depends on how long you’d like to wear your Dashes. Here’s a handy reference:

1-3 days: Apply a thin line of glue from natural nail cuticle to tip.

4-6 days: Apply pea-size dot of glue to natural nail.

7-14 days: Apply thin layer of glue to back of Dash + pea size dot of glue to natural nail.

WHAT ARE THE GLUE INGREDIENTS?

Ethyl Cyanoacrylate, Polymethyl Methacrylate

WHAT MAKES THE GLUE SO SPECIAL?

Red Aspen’s glue bonds like an acrylic but dissolves and breaks down over time with wear to keep your natural nails in tip top shape without damage. The glue is durable, and the more glue you use the longer your Dashes will stay on. Be sure to always remove Dashes per Red Aspen’s instructions (see below) to avoid nail damage.   

CAN I REAPPLY NAIL DASHES?

Yes! Nail Dashes can be reapplied if they are still in good shape. When reapplying  be sure to always add a dot of glue to the back of the Dash even if you only want to wear them for a short period of time. If your Dash has remaining glue residue on it, simply clip it off using a nail or cuticle clipper. If you have any remaining glue on your nails from Dash removal, remove it by using the blue, then the pink side of the buffer to remove and restore your natural nail.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT GLUE RESIDUE?

If you’d like to reapply your Dash and it has residue on it, simply use a cuticle or nail clipper to clip it off. You can also use something stiff to push it off.

If you get residue on the top of your Dash during application, no worries! Remove the excess glue with nail polish remover and a cotton round. We don't recommend using nail polish remover on matte dashes in order to preserve their finish, vinegar is a great alternative.

If you have excess glue residue left on your natural nails, remove it by using the blue, then the pink side of the buffer to restore your natural nail.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THEY WILL FIT MY NAIL BEDS?

Each Dash pack comes with 24 nails (in 12 sizes), so you have plenty of sizes to choose from. If you have petite nail beds we highly recommend using the short/square nail option. Those with longer nail beds will enjoy the medium length option. Nail Dashes also file with ease, so you shouldn’t have a problem if you need to create a custom shape to fit your nail bed.  

CAN I APPLY NAIL DASHES OVER GELS OR ACRYLICS?

You can, but we don’t recommend it as it makes Dash removal very difficult.

I WORK IN A SALON, I TAKE REALLY HOT SHOWERS, AND I LOVE HOT TUBS. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MY DASHES COMING OFF BECAUSE MY HANDS ARE UNDER HOT WATER?

Dashes need pressure, not just water, for removal. Just because your hands are in hot water does not mean your Dashes will come off.

WHAT DO I DO IF A NAIL POPS OFF?

No worries! We’ve got you covered. First, we highly recommend carrying a glue around with you in your purse (just make sure the cap is tightly closed!) just in case. If some nails come off before others it is because the application was not consistent. Apply more glue to the back of your Dash and on your natural nail, reapply, and press down for 30 seconds.

CAN I PAINT OVER MY NAIL DASHES?

You can paint over any of our shiny Dashes using regular polish or gel polish. We recommend painting your Dashes before application for best results. Please note that once you’ve painted your nails you may not be able to restore them to their original color.  

Tip: Paint your dashes BEFORE applying them to your fingers. Lay Dashes on double sided tape, paint and let dry before applying.

CAN I RESHAPE THE DASHES?

Yes! You can easily get your desired look and shape by filing and/or clipping your Dashes. Use nail clippers to cut down the length of the Dashes, and use a file for touch-ups and reshaping. Please note that reshaping does cause minor fading at the tip of the Dash, but this can be touched up with the included file. If your Dash has a special finish on it (chrome, metallic, etc.) reshaping the Dash will break the special finish coating causing your finish to break down faster. This is not an issue for shiny nails. Read the next question for more on this. We don't recommend reshaping matte dashes in order to preserve their finish.

Tip: Cure with clear gel top coat to lock in design after reshaping

WHAT KIND OF WEAR AND TEAR CAN I EXPECT ON MY NAILS OVER TIME?

Over time you can expect standard wear and tear on your nails. Depending on how hard you are on your nails you can expect some scratching. Dashes with a special finish (matte, chrome, metallic, etc.) will also become shiny over time, and the finish will fade even faster if you clip, file, or shape your nail since you are opening the special finish casing on the Dash. If you are hard on your nails or use your hands frequently we recommend using shiny Dashes. We don't recommend reshaping matte dashes in order to preserve their finish.

ARE NAIL DASHES AND THE CORRESPONDING GLUE CRUELTY-FREE?

Yes! As with all Red Aspen products, Nail Dashes are cruelty-free.

CAN I USE MY NAIL GLUE ON MY LASHES?

NO!!!! Nail glue is an eye irritant and should NOT be used in place of your lash glue. Nail glue will bond to your skin and eyes in seconds. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water and contact your physician.

ANY OTHER WARNINGS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?

Good question! Here’s the full warning: CAUTION: EYE IRRITANT. Nail glue can bond skin and eyes in seconds. Contains cyanoacrylate. DO NOT USE NEAR OR ON EYES. Do not ingest. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water and contact your physician. Can cause irritation to eyes, respiratory system and skin. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid nail glue contact with fabric or furniture. Use only as directed.