The PERFECT tools for Jamberry Nails – And one that’s a SURPRISE!

A perfect Jamberry manicure is EASY to get – and even easier if you using the right tools for the job!   Yup, Jams can be applied with stuff you have at home – a regular hair dryer, scissors, nail file, etc. And you’ll have an awesome long-lasting look. But….

mini heaterThe truth is, if you want a proper application and want to get the best wear out of your wraps, using the tools Jamberry has designed specifically to work with the wraps is the way to go! These are not luxury goods or price-gouging add-ons; these are the tools that give you a perfectly proper application every time. These are the tools that will give you that two-week wearability that Jamberry is known for from your wraps!  And they’re all less than $20! 

Why go with the Jamberry mini-heater over your hair dryer?  1. The noise level – the heater is SO quiet that I can do my nails sitting next to my hubs while we binge-watch “The Wire.”  2. The consistent heat ouput; 3. The heater puts out heat, but not a gust of air like your hair dryer; 4. It’s purple. (Pro-Tip – It’s REALLY good for heating up price stickers to remove them, and even better to get Dora the Explorer stickers off of your wood floors.  #MomLife.)

And the new application kit – so convenient!  It holds all of your stuff – including that Jamberry heater – all in one cute purple cosmetic case so you never have to hunt for a file or your nail scissors again!   This cute little kit includes:Application-Kit-Without-Nail-Oil

  • 2 alcohol wipes
  • 1 pair of nail scissors
  • 1 pair of nail clippers
  • 1 buffer block
  • 2 orange sticks
  • 1 rubber cuticle pusher
  • 1 nail file

And speaking of nail scissors, the scissors that come in this kit are top-notch.  A cut above the rest, if you will.  (See what I did there?)

Cuticle Spoon and Pusher But – there is ONE tool that you can’t find from Jamberry –and it can mean the difference between “Your nails look great” and “Your nails are AMAZING!!” Enter – the cuticle spoon. Yes, it looks like a torture device.  But this little thing is a Jam-Miracle worker.  Use it to prep your nails – push back the cuticles, get rid of that pesky “invisible cuticle,” and clean your nails.

Then – and here’s where the magic happens.  After you’ve applied your wraps, heat the cuticle spoon with your Jamberry heater.  Then, use it as an iron to flatten any bubbles or ridges: press it flat against your nails (it’s the perfect shape!) to apply uniform pressure to the wrap and the adhesive.  It’s perfect for an edge that is lifting up on you or to give a little extra oomph to those tips!  The best part?  You can usually find them for around $5.00 – Either on Amazon or at a beauty supply store – even Zulily had one on their site over the weekend!

Click here to find the right tools for your next Jam Session:

The New Jamberry Mini-Heater

The Application Kit 

The PERFECT No-Chip Manicure – Tips and Tricks for Applying Jamberry Nails

This post will give you the best tips and tricks that I’ve discovered to getting a flawless, two-week, no-chip manicure using Jamberry Nail wraps.  Follow these tips and you’ll be rocking your Jamicure for up to two weeks!

The biggest tip for a flawless no-chip manicure?  Don’t go to the salon – do it at home!  (Stay with me here….stay with me…)

*photo courtesy dribble.com
*photo courtesy dribble.com

Second: Practice makes Perfect (or so my piano teacher always said…)For Jamberry nail wraps and that *perfect* no-chip manicure, you’ll need to practice!  (Comment below if you need some samples to practice with!)  When you first started painting your nails, did you get it right the first couple of times?  Nope.  It looked like a preschooler took a Sharpie to your hands, right?  Or the first time you tried to do the “smokey eye” look?  Yeah – didn’t quite turn out, did it?  Same goes for Jamberry – so get some samples to practice with (click here if you need some!) and let’s get started!

Third:  “I just don’t know what to wear!” When you’re just starting out with Jamberry and practicing for that perfect application, it’s actually better to use one of the busier patterns or colors.  Why?  Think about the walls in your house – If you pick a solid, high-sheen color, you’re going to see every single imperfection if you haven’t had a lot of experience.  Same with Jamberry!  Any of the “Garden Party” or “Animal Instinct” designs are GREAT for practicing.  Any little application quirks that might show will just fade into the background of the Jam-awesomeness.

*Photo Courtesy of Libby O'Neal
*Photo Courtesy of Libby O’Neal

Fourth:  Prep, Prep, Prep!  For a truly long-lasting no-chip Jamberry Nail wraps manicure, preparation is the BIGGEST determining factor!  So don’t skip the prep!

  • Clean your nails, push back the cuticles (Seriously!!  Don’t skip this part!), and wipe your nails with rubbing alcohol to really be sure to get the oils and lotions off of your nail bed.  (Don’t like rubbing alcohol?  Vinegar works, too.)
  • Gather and Prep your tools – I like to use tweezers, so I wipe those with the rubbing alcohol, too.  You’ll also need the Jamberry mini-heater or a blow-dryer. (*Cough* The heater is amazing! *Cough*)  Gather up a pair of scissors, your favorite nail file, and an orange stick if you have one (tweezers work fine, though!).
  • Get excited.  It’s about to get all sorts of fancy up in here.

Fifth: Size Matters.  That sheet of wraps in front of you??  It’s clear for a reason!!  Hold that baby up to your nails – see how you can find the right size for each nail just by comparing through the clear portion of the sheet?  Okay – get ready for my FAVORITE part about applying Jams:

You will always be told to go DOWN a size.  Your Jamberry nail wraps WANT you to feel happy, pretty, and wonderful.  They *really* do.  You need to wear a SMALLER SIZE than you think.

Isn’t that fabulous?? Where else are you going to be told that you NEED a smaller size?? I love it! Basically, use the size of Jamberry wrap on each nail that will COVER the nail, but NOT your skin.  A little extra sliver of nail showing on the sides is a GOOD thing here – it ensures that you’re sealing the Jam to your NAIL, not overlapping your skin (which leads to buckling, lifting, and all around yuckiness).  If the Jam overlaps or touches the skin, you just aren’t going to get a good (lasting) seal.

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Sixth tip for the best Jamberry Nails no-chip manicure: Heat it up and press it down with all of your heart!  I warm the wrap until it’s flexible, apply it, and REALLY press it down, smoothing out any creases, bubbles, and concentrating on the edges.  Then – don’t file or clip off the excess until the wrap has cooled down.  Why?  When it’s cool, the adhesive has bonded to your nail.   Good things come to those who wait!  Then, I like to use a fine-grain file or just good ol’ nail clippers to get the cleanest edge.

I hope this lengthy post gave you a tip or two, or a reminder of some steps not to skip, and help you get the most Jam for your dollar!

Need some great tools or supplies? Click the links here for product info and pricing!

Jamberry Mini-Heater

Application Kit

Cuticle Remover Pen (Brand New!!)