The first application I used the Jamberry instructions on their website. It basically instructed you to prep your nails, wipe off with cleanser or alcoholic rub, cut the strip to fit your nail, heat the stip, apply to nail, apply pressure and pull the excess over the nail tip as you file off.
I also used a "snap lock bag" technique where you put your finger in a snap lock bag and pull it down over your nail while heating and applying more pressure. This was to take the bumps etc out and to improve the adhesive element of the nail wraps.
|Nail tools: Essence Studio Nails 'better than gel nails' top sealer, very course nail file, alcohol swab, rubber cuticle pusher and orange stick.|
|Snap lock bag technique|
|First application of whole mani - Paper Mache|
The first application mentioned in the last post was done slowly and carefully and was admittedly a little time consuming as it was my first time and they are a little pricey so I didn't want to waste them.
As they started to peel and bump within a week, I was a bit disheartened as I was hoping this was the answer to the nail chipping issues we all have. Not to mention the amazing patterns and designs that are achievable with this product.
As there are a few girls at work who are wearing them now, one colleague in particular mentioned I was possibly doing too much when applying. She thought I might be over working the adhesive (glue part) of the nail wrap. We also thought the curve/arch of my nail bed is pronounced compared to some of the girls who had more success.
So I picked a design that I could live with out if it was an epic fail and attempted to simply heat, apply to nail with pressure and heat then file off. This time it was a lot quicker to apply....but I had bubbling and peeling within hours. I went three days and then HAD to take it off... and so I continued to lose my motivation for the wraps.
|Second full mani attempt - Cabana|
|Could tell straight after application it wasn't going to last long - Cabana|
I decided to see some outside tips. I viewed a youtube clip that was specifically for curved nails. This technique seemed a little different. It required to you to ensure the nail strips were cut in a way that it did not touch the edge of your nail where your skin would meet your nail, but rather leave a very small gap.
The lady started by putting on base coat (this is the only step I ignored). You place the cold wrap into position in the middle of your nail bed with minimal touching of your finger to the adhesive side, heat it while on your finger (by this stage I had purchased the Jamberry nail heater at $27) and then press the wrap down into place, first in the middle then to the sides. Heat again and press all over the wrap using a rubber cuticle pusher. File off the excess as usual. Finally the last step which she mentioned (this one I did) was to put top coat on, I also put some at the very tip and under the nail to seal it all in.
|Gatsby with Essence top coat|
|Smooth all the way to the edges|
I must say, with this new technique......I am back on board!! woohoo!!
- I'll let you know how long this Jamberry set lasts on my nails. Check back in for updates. xx
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