Working with Oily Nails

We learned in Oil + Floss that oil is an amazing way to remove Jamberry nails. . . so what do you do if you have oily nails, when your goal is to keep them on, not remove them?

My friend Joanna has this problem, and she has developed an incredible routine for applying her Jams and getting them to last, even though her nails are on the weak and oily side.

Tools you need:

1.  Spoon pusher (this is the new thing, tutorial coming soon!)
2.  Acetone
3.  Nail dehydrator (getting the idea that we want your nails to be dry?)
4.  Orange Stick (rubber ends are great)
5.  Regular ziplock bag
6.  Heat source (mini heater, hair dryer, etc)

Step 1:  ALL THE CUTICLES.  That’s right.  Get rid of them.  Use that spoon pusher to get them out of your way.  Even the invisible ones that surprisingly live right on your nail bed.

Spoon pusher -- gets rid of your invisible cuticles.  You can also heat this up and 'iron' out bubbles on your jam during application

Spoon pusher — gets rid of your invisible cuticles. You can also heat this up and ‘iron’ out bubbles on your jam during application

Step 2:  Wipe down your nails, giving special attention to cuticle areas, with STRAIGHT UP ACETONE.  (you heard me)

That's right.  The real thing.

That’s right. The real thing.

Step 3:  Apply nail-dehydrator right before applying wraps.  

This stuff.

This stuff.

Step 4:  Use anything BUT your fingers to pick up your wrap from the sheet.  Fingers would add oil, which is the opposite of what we’re going for here.  You can use a wooden orange stick or the end of a floss stick to maneuver your jams off the sheet.  Then pick them up with tweezers so you have no finger contact.  Images below will help!

End of floss stick

End of floss stick

Transfer to tweezers for heating and/or applying

Transfer to tweezers for heating and/or applying

 Step 5:  Apply the jams using your tweezers.  Use your finger to press down on the jam so you can pull away the tweezers.  You want it close to your cuticle, but not touching.  

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Smooth from cuticle to tip, working outward diagonally with an orange stick,  Make sure its a very secure seal.

Smooth from cuticle to tip, working outward diagonally with an orange stick, Make sure its a very secure seal.

Step 6:  The Baggie Method — Pull your ziplock bag over your nail tightly, and heat it up with your hair dryer or mini heater…twice.  This will shrink-wrap the jam to your finger, resulting in a stronger seal.

See how tight?

See how tight?

Step 7:   The Magic Cuticle Pusher.  Take your cuticle pusher and heat it up by your heat source for 15 seconds, and slowly work it from cuticle to tip on each nail, twice.  You’re effectively ironing the jam onto your nail.

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Step 8:  Cool your nail (either by waiting patiently for five minutes or pressing it into a bag of frozen peas), and then gently clip your tips to make a clean edge.

You get the idea!  You could also file down, but if you have flimsy nails, this will be a much cleaner method.

You get the idea! You could also file down, but if you have flimsy nails, this will be a much cleaner method.

So, if you’re having any issues with your Jams staying on, try any of these application tips!  

Can you think of anything else you’d like to see in the blog?  Email me at enjoyingjams@gmail.com.

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