There are multiple ways and techniques to apply Jamberry nail wraps but I want to share with you the easiest one I have found for people who are just starting out and it is the one that I still use. Let’s learn how to apply Jamberry nail wraps using what many refer to as the cold method.
Nail Prep First
The most important thing to get started with and the part that I most often find out people are skipping or skimping on is nail prep. Without good prep, you won’t have a good experience. Let’s walk through this simple process. The first step is to push back your cuticles and remove any cuticle left on the nail. This can be done with just a normal purple, rubber cuticle pusher that comes with the application kit.
However, the best way to really get rid of that invisible cuticle and get the best application possible is to do it the way that I do. First I apply Jamberry Cuticle Remover to my nails and wait for a couple of minutes to let it do its work.
Once it has had a little time to work I take my metal cuticle spoon from my Deluxe Tool Kit and get to work. You don’t have to use any pressure, just the weight of the spoon really gets all that extra gunk and cuticle off of your nails. I’m always amazed at what I come away with and how amazing my nail bed looks afterward. It’s so clean and free of that cuticle skin, which a nail wrap is not designed to stick to.
Our next step is to buff up the nail with a very low grit buffer block. You can get a great one from Jamberry in the application kit. We are just buffing it enough to get the shine off and give something for the wrap to adhere to. A few good swipes across and you should be done.
The next step is to go and wash your hands with a good dish soap. The reason I say dish soap is that they are extra good at getting grease and oil off. Once you have done that you are going to take a nail prep wipe that you got from our application kit or some nail prep cleanser and clean your nail and the area around it.
At this point, you don’t want to touch your nails or run them through your hair. Don’t do anything that would put more oil or dirt on to them because we are ready to apply!
Let’s make them nails pretty!
The first step is to pick which wrap to put on which finger. This is one of the trickiest parts and a good rule of thumb is to go a size smaller than you think (until you are good at it). You want to embrace the gap because if any of the wrap touches your skin it will not adhere and your wraps will not last the 10-14 days that they are supposed to. I am always available on Facebook, in the glittery community, or through the blog to help with sizing issues.
Next, you push up the center of the wrap with an orange stick and cut it in half. Make sure not to touch the back with your fingers as we want it to remain sticky.
The next part is what makes this the cold method, instead of heating the wrap before we apply it to our nail, which if you are using a sparkly wrap like I am here or are just new to Jamberry can make it very hard to line up, we are going to go straight to putting it on the nail. So you want to line it up with the cuticle and center it on the nail, remembering to leave a little bit of a gap at the cuticle because remember you don’t want it to touch any skin. And all you are going to do at this point is lay it gently on there to make sure you have it in the correct place. The nice thing about the cold method is that you can pick it up and move it around without causing any damage (as you can see in the picture that is what I had to do. I couldn’t see through my photographer when I was putting it on LOL). It’s why it’s one of my favorites.
Now you want to take that fancy, dancy rubber ended cuticle pusher (or your finger if you don’t have one) and press it down the middle of your nail, not the sides yet, just the center from back to front.
Once you are sure that is all set and centered and not on the cuticle you are going to heat. See this wasn’t the no heat method, Jamberry nail wraps are heat and pressure activated so you knew it had to fit in here somewhere. We just want to make sure we have it situated before we bring on the heat. Just put it in front of the mini heater for about 3-5 seconds. Then press firmly down the middle of your nail wrap with your cuticle pusher.
Now we are going to do the same thing to each side. Heating the side up for a few seconds and then pushing it down from the middle out, front to back. It’s much like putting a screen protector on a cell phone. Go slowly and carefully to avoid bubbles or puckers.
I always joke when people come over for a one on one that now we are done. LOL But of course we aren’t. You still have a long flap of nail wrap coming off the end of your nail. The first step of dealing with that is to cut it so it’s not quite as much to deal with. Leaving a couple centimeters to work with (there really isn’t an exact science so don’t panic). Curved nail scissors work great for this. I love the ones in our deluxe tool kit because they are super weighty and sharp.
Then we are on to the final magical step. 🙂 Sometimes I’ll add in another quick heat and rub down with the cuticle pusher really focusing on the edges and the tip of my nail to double check I haven’t missed anything but that’s not necessary. Now you just take a good grit nail file (the one in the application kit is perfect) and file it in a downward motion straight up and down, perpendicular to the nail. The nail wrap will begin to roll up and come off and the end of the wrap will seal on to the edge of your nail. I tell you it’s magical.
And once you have finished this on all your nails you will have a beautiful manicure that you have done at home that won’t chip or smudge and should last for 10-14 days.
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. Come join us in the glittery community for more tips and tricks. Also, why don’t you go ahead and try the 7 Day Challenge if you haven’t tried Jamberry Nail Wraps yet and see how it goes. And for help with removing your stunning nail wraps when the time comes make sure to head here.