How to Prep Nails for Wraps
Preparing your nails for wraps is the most important step for to get them to last up to 2 weeks on hands and 4 weeks on toes.
This page is all about proper nail prep. If you want to get the most wear out of your wraps, this info is for you.
When I started applying wraps I skipped a few steps, which was not a good idea. I didn't know what to do or what order to do them in. I had so many bubbles in my wraps it was ridiculous. Then I learned the essentials, practiced and figured out what works best. I've created this step-by-step guide so you don't have to go through the struggles I did.
Watch the videos and follow the steps on this page the next time you prep your nails. If you don't already have it, be sure to get your free Simple Steps Guide. If you need wraps now, click HERE.
The very first thing to do is dissolve or soften your cuticles.
It is necessary to understand what the cuticle actually is so you know what you are removing; your cuticle acts as a sticky sealant which keeps harmful bacteria and other germs from getting into your nail bed. Use a cuticle softener / dissolver to differentiate between the cuticle and nail fold.
Pushing the cuticle back gently is key to maintaining the integrity of your cuticle’s natural barrier.
You can purchase a cuticle remover product or make your own DIY softener solution with ingredients you probably already have at home! (e.g. coconut oil, olive oil, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, grape seed oil, or hair conditioner.)
When your cuticle pushes back easily, you know you have left the solution on long enough. Soaking your nails in warm water for a few minutes can also make your cuticles softer and easier to push.
Next, gently push your cuticles back (toward your nail fold) with a spoon pusher, orange stick, cuticle pusher or even the thumbnail of your opposite hand.
After pushing the cuticle back, gently remove the dead cuticle tissue from your nail plate with a tool that works best for you. Take your time; create a smooth base to prevent the wrap from lifting. Proper cuticle removal will ensure you get the most wear possible from your nail wraps.
Be sure to remove the solution you chose and the white / invisible cuticle from your hands and nails before continuing to prep. Wiping your nails with alcohol can reveal any of the cuticle still left on your nails as well as any dead skin from your nail fold. Some people clip their cuticles and nail folds to remove them, but it is unnecessary as you could simply use a buffer block to smooth your nail folds if they are rough.
Remember, this is fun - it should never hurt!
Shape Your Free Edge
After your cuticles have been removed, shape the free edge of your nail to your desired look by using a nail file. Be sure to finish with a smooth edge. Filing in only one direction can help prevent damage to your nail. Glass files have a finer grit than regular files which creates a smoother edge, although they may require a bit more filing.
Help the Wrap Adhere to Your Nails
Next, buff your nails lightly with a smoothing buffer block to remove the shine and remove ridges; this will help the wrap adhere to your nails and prevent lifting.
After filing and buffing, there will be some dust on your hands, be sure to remove the dust and oil around your skin and on your nails by washing them with a degreaser soap (like Dawn). After washing, wipe nails with a drying agent (alcohol, vinegar, nail polish remover, etc.) to remove all oil.
Keeping your nails and wraps oil free will also increase the longevity of your wraps because the oil from your skin can deteriorate the adhesive and cause your nail wraps to lift. Remember to keep your nails oil free by NOT touching them with your fingertips. If you do touch them, be sure to wipe your nails again with your chosen drying agent (like alcohol).
After following the steps above, your nails will be ready for application!
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