Today’s Memo:  Pros and Cons of Jamberry Nail Wraps

Most of us have been invited to the parties, online or in person, but for those of you in the dark, Jamberry is a company founded by 3 sisters who created a line of do-it-yourself nail wraps.  Their big claim to fame is that the wraps can last for up to two weeks on fingernails and four weeks on toes.  Too good to be true?  Here are my pros and cons of the product.

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Pros:

  • Cool designs and tons of them, about 300 as a matter of fact.  Everything from stripes and polka dots, to florals and animal prints.  They have lots of themed options too, like monsters for Halloween, a Christmas collection, and even Disney themed wraps.  Most of the designs are complex, nothing that you would see done with polish at a nail salon.
  • No chipping or smudging, honest!  At most, they do wear a little at the tips, but chipping is a non-issue.  And since they are never wet, there is no way to smudge them either – No drying time, another bonus.  These even withstand a bathroom cleaning!
  • Easy to apply and remove.  The wraps go on with ease.  Only once did I have a wrinkle faux pas.  I find the more often you apply them, the easier they become.  You gain a better idea as to which size wrap works best for each of your fingers.  When ready to remove, mine always easily pull off.  You can use a little nail polish remover, if you need a helping hand.       
  • No special equipment needed.  All is you need is a hair dryer to get the adhesive soft and sticky.  Other then the wraps themselves, no further investment needed. 
  • Long lasting.  I’m not sure I get a full 2 weeks out of them, but these wraps do look pretty flawless for at least the first week.  I tend to be hard on my nails though.  A polish usually only lasts me a few days without chipping!

Cons: 

  • Time consuming to apply.  I would say that these take me about an hour to get done.  You have to push back cuticles, buff and shape your nails, cut and heat each wrap, file off excess, and reheat.  Again, the more you do it, the easier it gets, but it does take time.  I wouldn’t say it’s faster then a traditional nail polish manicure, though it does last longer. 
  • One size does not fit all.  The cuticle side of these wraps are very round.  For those with a square nail bed, like myself, it does take some eyeballing and cutting to get the wraps to sit nicely along the cuticle line.  The thumb is my biggest offender!  Not a deal breaker, but it does take some time to shape if you are obsessive like myself and want them to fit perfectly on your nail. 
  • Lift off!  I do find myself continually pressing these down.  After a few days, mine always start to lift off ever so slightly in certain places such as at the cuticles or in the corners of the nail.  Nothing major…think a little snagging against clothing or a strand of hair catching the cuticle edge when shampooing.  If you like to peel things (you know who you are) these may drive you to your insanity.  If you can leave well enough alone, though, you won’t have issues.  They most definitely will not just fall off. 
  • Filing off the excess wrap does really shorten your nails.  This is one step of the Jamberry process that I don’t feel like I’ve completely mastered.  Once you heat and apply the wrap, you cut off as much excess as you can before filing away the excess.  When I file away the last bits though, I find that it takes quite a few turns down the emery board to get it off, which does shorten my nails further quite a bit.  Best bets is to leave nails longer than you wanted when you shape your nails to begin with. 
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“Atlantis” Wrap – My manicure after 4 days

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In summary, I’d have to give these wraps 4 out of 5 stars.  I like them for holidays, special occasions, and every day use, every now and then.  I wouldn’t use them all the time, but I don’t like to have my nails painted all the time either.  If you go to the nail salon often, these will save you some dough, but if you aren’t a frequest salon goer, you may find them to be a little on the pricy side.  I get about 2 manicures to a sheet (plus some accent nails).  Most of the wraps are $15/sheet, though I often see the buy 3, get 1 free sale.  They are most definitely worth a try!  Jam on!

 

For a great tutorial on applying these wraps, check out this YouTube Video.

 

 

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