Step 1) Meet THE RED ASPEN Nail dash system
Pop-on Red Aspen Nail Dashes for a customizable, non-damaging, reusable mani that can be applied in minutes (at a fraction of the salon cost!) Dashes can be worn for up to 2 weeks, or switch out your style every few days! Pop-on, pop-off and reshape to customize your look.
Our favorite shades
Harper Picks Peonies
Kristen won the Orchid Crown
Roses are Metallic Red, Ruby
Brooklyn caught the Berry Bouquet
Stephanie on Safari
Katherine & the Ballet Slipper
Nina on Cloud 9
Liza Loves a Latte
Simply Marbelous, Margot
Vee is for Violet
Maddie in Pink
Raegan: Supernova Girl
Step 2) Learn How To Apply & remove
No salon time needed! Learn how to apply and remove the Red Aspen Nail Dashes, made for you to dash on the dash.
How to apply
know your Nail Dash Size
How to remove
Step 3) Learn more about Red Aspen Nail Dashes
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’m having a hard time getting my nails to stay on. What’s going on?
Our recommendation? More glue and be sure to follow the instructions. Some of the most common reasons your Dash may pop off include:
Your Dash overlaps on your skin.
Air bubbles in the glue- be sure to apply your Dash at a 45-degree angle from your cuticle.
Your natural nail beds are oily. Don’t forget to clean your nail during the prep.
Your natural nails are very smooth. Don’t forget to gently buff your natural nail during prep.
You didn't use enough glue. Add a dot of glue to each Dash and the back of your nail. Let the glue get tacky for a few seconds, then apply.
Press down, press down, press down for 30 seconds! The longer and harder you press down on the Dash after applying the better. If the Dash doesn’t get pressure air bubbles will form causing the nail to pop off.
You’re hard on your hands. Do you enjoy gardening, lifting weights and playing volleyball? You should opt for the longest glue application time frame even if you only plan on wearing your Dashes for a few days.
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 (e.g. matte, 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.
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 (i.e matte, chrome, 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 finish casing on the Dash. If you are hard on your nails or use your hands frequently we recommend using shiny Dashes.
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.
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.
Why are they called Nail “Dashes?”
Because they are so quick to apply- you can apply them in a dash!
How much do they cost?
Nail Dashes start at $13 and vary in price based on their finish.
What comes in a pack?
Each Dash pack comes with 24 nails (you’ll only need 10, white 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 come in short length / square shape and medium length / round shape (for now!). Red Aspen will be launching additional sizes and shapes over the coming months. Dashes can be clipped and/or filed to achieve your desired length and shape.
How do I apply Nail Dashes?
Remove any nail polish. Wash and dry hands.
Push back cuticles using cuticle stick.
Gently buff natural nail.
Clean nail with rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
Select Dashes that fit all 10 of your natural nails and set aside. When applying, start with pinkies and work inward, ending with thumbs.
Apply glue to natural nail and back of Dash, based on desired glue wear time.
Let glue dry for a few seconds, then align Dash with cuticle and apply at a 45-degree angle. Press firmly for 30 seconds.
File/clip Dash to achieve desired length and shape.
To reapply, add glue to back of Dash after repeating steps above.
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, BHA, D&C Red 7 (CI 15850)
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.
HOW DO I REMOVE DASHES?
Soak in warm, soapy water for 10-15 minutes.
Lift from the side of Dash to remove. Apply light pressure - never force removal. Soak for additional time if necessary.
Remove excess glue and restore natural nails using blue then pink side of included buffer.
TIP: wait at least 5 days or until nails begin to pop-off on own before removing.
TIP: Never force removal on your Dashes. Doing so will damage your nail, and wile your nail will repair, it is totally unnecessary and can be avoided.
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 remove and a cotton round.
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.