Showynails’ Top Tips for Applying Custom Jamberry Nails

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Showynails’ Top Tips for Applying Custom Jamberry Nails
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Many times a custom Jamberry wrap is someone’s first exposure to Jamberry and I need to clarify that Jamberry’s custom nail wrap material is different than the regular glossy catalog nail wrap material. Because of the material differences, applying a custom design can be trickier than applying a regular catalog design. I do not want my customers to get frustrated with Jamberry in general because they didn’t get a good application with their custom wraps when they cost more than a regular wrap. Having a bit more experience with the regular wraps can be a big help when working with the custom wraps.

The first thing you will probably notice when you get a custom nail wrap delivered is that the back of the custom wrap material is stark white. Regular wraps have a backing material that is more ivory and translucent. I suspect Jamberry uses a white material for printing to keep the colors bright and crisp for custom orders. I think that also makes customs a bit thicker than regular wraps, and therefore less flexible to shape to your nail.

The back of a regular catalog glossy wrap is translucent ivory, versus the back of the custom wrap which is opaque white.
The back of a regular catalog glossy wrap is translucent ivory, versus the back of the custom wrap which is opaque white.

So with that said, here are my Top Tips for Applying Your Custom Jamberry Nail Wraps:

  1. Nail prep is key! Take extra time to make sure you have clean, dry, dehydrated nails with no invisible cuticle. Wash with dish soap, use alcohol or nail polish remover without moisturizers or a nail dehydrator for your prep. Remove all of your invisible cuticle with a metal cuticle pusher or chemical remover. And be sure to buff your nails with a buffer block, especially the tips.
  2. Heat, heat, heat! Extra heat is essential when applying custom nail wraps. You want them extra wilted. This makes them a bit trickier to apply, so be sure you use the right size for each nail. You want a wrap that is slightly smaller than your natural nail, and not overlapping any skin.
  3. Keep heating the wrap up as you are applying each one to your nail. Push it on at the cuticle first, then reheat. Then push it up the center of your nail to the tip. Reheat. Then start smoothing it down on the sides. Reheat. Go slow and reheat often to avoid getting bubbles or wrinkles on the sides.
  4. Reheat and push with a rubber cuticle pusher more than you think is necessary.
    Jamberry's print quality is excellent for both regular catalog wraps and custom wraps made in the Nail Art Studio. (Popstar on left; a Showynails original on the right)
    Jamberry’s print quality is excellent in detail and color for both regular catalog wraps and custom wraps made in the Nail Art Studio. (Popstar on left; a Showynails original on the right)
  5. Let the wraps cool completely before you trim and file. Get out an ice pack from the freezer and put your nails on it for about a minute. This helps set the wraps so they can be filed.
  6. File down at a 90 degree angle.*
  7. Use my secret weapon: seal the tips on a warm flat iron. Get out your hair straightener, turn it on and get it warm. Then turn it off and roll each nail tip onto the hot plate to seal the tips to your nails. This extra step could mean the difference between 7 days of wear and 10.
  8. Do not submerge your nails in water for a few hours after applying, but give them time to set.

*I usually file at a 45 degree angle, but I’ve noticed that the custom wrap material shrinks a bit more than the regular wrap material after it cools. So when I apply custom nail wraps, I first file at a 90 degree angle. Then the next day if I want to, I refile at a 45 degree angle after they have set completely. If I just file at 45 degrees from the beginning, the wraps shrink a bit too much and show a white line at my nail edge, which can be noticeable if the wrap design is dark.

I do not know why the custom material is different than the regular material, but until that changes, these application tips are necessary to keep customers happy with their nail wraps. Just be patient when applying your custom wraps and be sure to expect your manicure to take longer from the beginning so you don’t get frustrated. I hope you will follow my tips so you can get longer wear out of your custom wraps and be more satisfied with your purchase!

Custom Jamberry Nails can be anything you want from holiday specific, to glamorous, to fan art!

Start playing with Jamberry’s Nail Art Studio to create your own custom nail art here! And be sure to check out all my custom exclusive designs on my Exclusive page! Thanks for supporting Showynails!

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