One of the most annoying things I can think of is having my fingers snag on my clothes or hair. So, in this post, I’m sharing with you how to keep that from happening! You don’t have to use all these tools, but if you’ve been having trouble some of these may help you.
1. Clip, don’t file. The official Jamberry application video does show filing your wraps off your tips, but if you’ve been getting icky edges that way, try trimming the very edge of your wrap and taking some nail with it. It produces a very clean, even edge!
Snip Snip Snip…
2. Give it a day. I find that after 24 hours, my Jamberry Nail Wraps are completely set onto my nail, and the tips have settled and smoothed themselves out Before I do any remedial tip-fixes, I wait it out to see if it will fix itself. It usually does!
3. Try the Strengthening Base Coat. This is all some people need! It seems to prevent lifting and results in a longer application for some! You simply apply it after you prep your nail and before you apply wraps.
4. The Glass File. Some people swear by this. Because its such a fine, gentle file, it creates a very smooth edge. A lot of people like to file at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 degree, exposing a thin layer of their nail bed at the tips. This makes it so they can use their nails as tools and not worry about peeling up the wrap when using their fingers to scrape something.
5. Baggie Method. I love this. I do the baggie method probably 3-4 times per application, just to make sure the nail is settled the tips are tight! If you haven’t seen this before, all you do is wrap your nail tightly with a ziplock plastic bag, and apply heat. you can use any heat source (rice bag, hair dryer, mini heater) for this. All that matters is that the bag is tight!
See how tight its stretched!
6. Heat first, second … and maybe third and fourth (if you’re feeling ambitious)! I find that when I heat my wrap before applying it to my nail (rather than following the cold application, where you apply the wrap and then heat it), I get a tighter seal, which results in smooth tips.
Heating the Jamberry nail wrap first makes a huge difference for me.
And then keep heating and smoothing throughout each application… and its ok to do 2 or 3 more times if you really want! It will only improve the bond to your nail! For the smoothing, you can use your rubber cuticle pusher or do the plastic baggie method, or even your good ol’ fingers will do a lot of good! You can’t have too much heat (actually, you can if you try hard enough… so if you notice your wrap curling or melting or something, back it up a bit from the heater), but you do want to make sure that you…
7. Cool your Jams before you file or clip! You can do this with good, old-fashioned patience and wait a few minutes for them to cool, or you can be impatient like me and grab a bag of peas from the freezer and stick your fingers on it. Once they are cool, you are good to go! Filing before they cool down can have a few problems. (As we know, heat expands and cold contracts… so if you file your wraps while they are expanded and then they cool down, they will shrink on you after, leaving an insecure tip and maybe not covering as much nail as you wanted.)
Day 3 or 4 of Jaded sparkle… no lifting, super pretty! I used to fear sparkles but now I don’t!