‘No matter what, pay attention to the nails. Whether you keep it short, long, varnished or plain, it has to look good’ – Sonam Kapoor
Despite the fact that I insist to all of my friends that I was a tomboy when I was younger (because I liked to climb trees and lived in my My Little Pony tracksuit), the truth is I’m actually very very girly. So suffice to say since I was 14 I’ve pretty much always painted my nails, in fact I remember my science teacher in high school using some weird science voodoo to rid my fingernails of a very unsightly canary yellow colour that was against uniform policy.
Believe me when I say when it comes to nail fads I’ve been through them all; reverse french polishes, diamante pinky fingers, cracked nail varnish, falsies, gels, you name it, I’ve tried it. So when my sister in law told me she was starting to sell Jamberry nail wraps, my little tom boy ears pricked up and I was all over it.
Jamberry are relatively new to the UK (only about 5 months to date) and are essentially stickers that require heat to bond to your nail and come in a huge range of colours patterns and styles. As you may have already guessed, they’re mostly available through multi-level marketing. I know, I know right, roll of eyes. But hey, so is Avon and no one has a problem with that. Jo went to a nail wrap party and liked them, so she figured out that she was going to be buying so many packs as presents then she may as well become a dealer, sorry a seller herself and save a bit of money. And anyway you can always just buy them directly from the website if you want.
So here’s everything you need to know:
- They’re £15 per sheet which in theory gives you 2 manicures and 2 pedicures although this totally depends on the size and shape of your nails. I clearly have the most awkward shaped nails in the world where on my index finger one size is too big and the next size down too small. But they can be trimmed down – it just makes it more fiddly.
- They come in hundreds of different styles, from plain to patterned to glittery or glossy and also do seasonal ranges too for Halloween or Christmas for example. My current faves are these lacy looking ones that you can put your own colour underneath with regular nail polish.
- Once you get the hang of it they’re easy to apply. Just find the size that best fits your nail and cut it in half. Then peel it of the sheet and give a quick blast with the hairdryer so it goes floppy, centre it on the nail with the curved side at the base of the nail and press down firmly getting all the bubbles out. Filed down the excess on the top with a normal emery board. Then give it a final blast with the hairdryer to bind it to the nail.
- Depending on how active you are with your hands (oo err) they last well over a week and although the sometime bubble at the edges in between time, just blast with the hairdryer again for 5 seconds to re-bond them. Both sets I’ve had on recently have lasted 7 days or more before any of the wraps have fallen off completely. One I lost while running my fingers through my hair on day 8 and never found it – to the best of my knowledge it’s still in there!
- Applying them isn’t quite as therapeutic as painting your nails and as Dave pointed out when I was applying mine while he was watching TV in the living room, having the hairdryer on every 30 seconds isn’t particularly sociable. Still, it drowns out the noise of Guy Martin, which is a positive in my eyes.
- The biggest issue I have with them, if you can call it that, is that they last almost too long, and I get a bit bored after 7 days with the same style on. If I’m painting my nails with plain varnish I probably have to do them at least twice a week which gives me opportunity to co-ordinate them with whatever outfits I’m planning to wear. But that’s me really splitting hairs
- Removal is easy, just curl up the side and gently start peeling back and some cotton wool soaked in nail varnish remover. Some of them will easily peel off in the bath towards the end of their life but you run the risk of part of your nail bed coming off with it so best to be safe
- I haven’t noticed any damage to my nails after removing them, I’d be curious to see what happens after long term use, considering no air is getting to your nail beds if you wear them constantly, but they haven’t given me grody, cracked old witches nails so I’m assuming you’re fine.
Considering it costs around £15 for a set of gel nails, which are a right pain in the chebs to get off, I think these are actually quite a good idea and certainly beats the frustration of using polish only to have it chip the second you sneeze. I personally can’t wait until these coffee bean ones arrive!
I am in no way shape of form affiliated with Jamberry, have any interested in trying to sell you anything and have paid for all my wraps myself. I just genuinely think they’re cool!