Your consultant just mailed you a little ‘sticker-like’ strip that looks something like this.
Long, rounded at both ends, a cute pattern or something. But maybe you’re wondering how this little oblong sticker ends up on your nails for a beautiful mani?
First, you’ll need a few tools (which you probably have around your house).
Your supplies: Cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, tweezers, nail scissors, nail file, hair dryer, a cuticle pusher, and a plain plastic bag.
Rubbing alcohol (or alcohol wipes). You can also use acetone.
Cotton ball (or alcohol wipe)
Tweezers (you don’t HAVE to use these, but they help a lot!)
Nail scissors (regular scissors can work too)
Nail file (nail clippers can work too)
Hair dryer (or any heat source)
Cuticle pusher, of some sort. If you don’t have this, don’t worry. You could also use your fingernails to push back your cuticles.
Any ol’ ziplock bag will do!
You probably noticed these are mostly, if not all, household items (and we can always improvise if you don’t have some of these — see the captions on the photos for substitution suggestions). Ok, got all that?
Step 1: Find which nail is closest in size to your sample.
Really all you need to do here is hold your accent nail up to your nail bed and see if it seems to fit. You are looking for the wrap to be slightly smaller than your nail, because its important that it doesn’t adhere to your skin. Make sense?
See how the clear backing allows you to figure out the fit?
So this Jam is going on my index finger.
Again, its best to err on the side of having your wraps slightly smaller. Its good to have a little sliver of natural nail showing on the sides of your nails. You only notice if you looking closely for it, and it leads to a much stronger bond to your nail.
Step 2: Prep your nail bed
Grab your cuticle pusher and push back your cuticles. This should never hurt — you are just making room for your Jam to go on.
You may notice that you have a very thin layer of skin on your nail. If you can use your cuticle pusher to gently scrape that up, your application will last a lot longer.
See that little layer there? Invisible cuticles. Be sure to take care of that if you can!
Good! Now that your cuticles are pushed back and your nail bed cleaned up, go ahead and use your cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to wipe down your nail. An alcohol wipe (like from your medicine cabinet) will work great, too.
This step is important because it sterilizes your nail, and it dries out the nail bed. Sterile is good because you’re about to put a vinyl covering on it for a week or two… its best not to have anything trapped under there. Dry is good because on the back of your wrap is an adhesive formula. Oil or moisture will affect its ability to bond to your nail. This is also why you don’t want to get your fingers on the sticky side of your wrap.
Step 3: Put it on!
So now you have picked out which nail you’re putting the jam on, and you’ve prepped your nail by pushing back the cuticles and wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. Now for the fun part!
Cut the wrap in half. Or, if you’d like to try and get three nails covered with it rather than two, hold the wrap back up to your nail, and use your scissors to cut it just a tad longer than your nail is.
Take your tweezers and pull up the wrap from the adhesive, grabbing on the side you cut (not the round side, or the long side).
Great. Now for your hair dryer — we are going to heat up the wrap. You should choose the high heat setting and put it on low air pressure. Use the tweezers to hold the wrap up to the dryer, and wait until it gets a little flimsy.
Now you’re ready to apply it. You should still be hanging onto the tweezers, which have your wrap. All you have to do is stick it to your nail.
These are your goals:
• Place the wrap close to your cuticle, but NOT touching it
• Stick the cuticle end on first (don’t apply side to side, that can lead to bubbles).
• If you can get it centered properly, you should have those little slivers of natural nail on the side like we talked about earlier.
Now you smooth it out, applying firm pressure. Use an upward / diagonal motion with your fingers and not a side to side motion.
All on? =) Sweet. Now give each corner of the overlapping wrap a firm tug. This pulls the sides of your nails even tighter and should remove any bubbles.
Perfect. Go ahead and heat it up with your dryer again and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember, heat + pressure is what it takes to get a good seal.
Step 4: Remove the excess
Now you have two options. You can file the wrap to fit the edge of your nail, OR, you can use nail clippers and just clip your nails. This will remove the excess wrap and give you a clean edge!
If you are clipping, grab your nail clippers and go to town! If you are filing, take your nail scissors and trim the wrap closer to your nail, leaving a smaller edge.
Next, use your nail file to gently file downward, at a 90 degree angle from your nail. If that sounds confusing, look at the picture.
You should end up with the excess breaking away and coming off like this.
Look at you, you’re wearing a Jamberry nail wrap!
Step 5: Seal it all in!
Now grab your plastic bag and the blow dryer, and wrap the bag TIGHTLY around your nail wrap, especially putting pressure on the tip. Then turn on your hair dryer and heat the nail up through the bag. This creates a shrink-wrap effect and gets a solid seal on your tips!
If at any point while wearing these jams, it seems like your tips are lifting, just repeats step 5 with the baggie. It helps a ton, because it provides both heat and pressure. Great way to reset your jams.
Now that you have your gorgeous accent nails on, go ahead and paint the rest of your nails. I wonder which will last longer? 😉