Nail wraps, also known as nail stickers or nail decals, are a type of adhesive nail covering that can be applied directly onto the nails. They are typically made of thin and flexible materials such as vinyl or other polymers. Nail wraps come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and designs, allowing individuals to create unique and eye-catching nail looks.
Some nail wraps and nail stickers can be directly applied to your nail without the requirement of a UV lamp.
However, semi-cured gel nail wrap do require a UV lamp to be used. When a UV lamp is used, it fully cures the gel nail wraps and causes them to harden.
Gel Resins: Gel resins are the primary component of semi-cured gel nail wraps. These resins are typically made from a blend of urethane acrylate and other reactive monomers. Gel resins provide the flexibility, durability, and adhesion properties that make gel nail wraps long-lasting and resistant to chipping.
Pigments and Dyes: To achieve a wide range of colours and designs, pigments and dyes are added to the gel resin mixture. These colorants ensure that the nail wraps have vibrant and appealing shades.
Plasticizers: Plasticizers are used to enhance the flexibility and stretchability of the nail wraps. They prevent the wraps from becoming brittle and help them conform to the shape of the nail.
Adhesive Layers: Gel nail wraps typically have adhesive layers that allow them to adhere to the natural nails. These adhesive layers are often made from a combination of pressure-sensitive adhesives, which provide initial stickiness and bond strength, and non-reactive gel resins to ensure compatibility with the semi-cured gel nail wrap material.
Protective Topcoat: Some gel nail wraps come with a protective topcoat layer. This topcoat layer provides an additional level of durability, shine, and resistance to scratches or fading.
The durability and longevity of gel nail wraps can vary depending on several factors, including how well they are cared for. Generally, gel nail wraps can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days or even longer with proper application and maintenance.
Here are some factors that can affect the lifespan of gel nail wraps:
Quality of the Wraps: Higher-quality gel nail wraps made from durable materials tend to have better longevity compared to lower-quality options.
Application Technique: Proper application is crucial for maximizing the lifespan of gel nail wraps. Following the manufacturer's instructions and ensuring thorough adhesion to the nail surface can contribute to their longevity.
Nail Preparation: Adequate nail preparation, including cleaning the nails, removing any oils or residue, and ensuring a smooth surface, can improve the adherence of gel nail wraps, resulting in longer wear time.
Nail Care: Taking care of your nails and avoiding activities that may put excessive strain or pressure on the wraps, such as heavy lifting or frequent exposure to water, can help extend their lifespan.
Maintenance: Applying a clear topcoat over the gel nail wraps can provide an extra layer of protection and prolong their wear. Additionally, avoiding harsh chemicals, such as acetone, and using gentle nail polish removers can prevent premature lifting or damage to the wraps.
When used properly and removed correctly, gel nail wraps are generally considered to be less damaging to nails compared to other nail enhancement options such as traditional gel or acrylic nails. However, improper application or removal can potentially cause some damage to the natural nails. Here are a few considerations:
Nail Preparation: It's essential to properly prepare the nails before applying gel nail wraps. Failing to clean the nails, remove oils, or roughen the surface can hinder the adhesion and cause premature lifting or peeling of the wraps, potentially leading to nail damage.
Improper Removal: Removing gel nail wraps without proper technique can cause damage to the nail surface. Avoid forcefully pulling or ripping them off, as this can strip off layers of the natural nail and lead to thinning or weakening.
Sensitivity or Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may have sensitivities or allergies to the materials used in gel nail wraps. It's important to be aware of any adverse reactions, such as redness, itching, or irritation, and discontinue use if such reactions occur.
To minimize the risk of damage, it's recommended to:
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and removal.
- Avoid excessive filing or buffing of the natural nail surface during preparation.
- Use proper techniques and gentle pressure when removing the wraps.
- Take breaks between applications to allow the nails to breathe and recover.
- Maintain good nail care practices, such as keeping nails hydrated and moisturized.
Normal nail wraps do not require a UV lamp to be applied to your nail but do not last as long as semi cured gel nail wraps. It is recommended that you use a base coat and top coat to make normal nail wraps last longer.
Semi cured gel nail wraps require a UV lamp to become fully cured and hard. They protect your nail more and will last a lot longer than normal nail wraps.
Nail wraps lose their adhesion when removed from your nail and it is not recommended that you reuse nail wraps.
Once you have opened your gel nail wraps, store any unused nails within their protective sleeve and in a cool space away from any light sources.
Gel Wrap Application
Preparing your nails properly before applying a gel nail wrap is crucial to ensure a smooth application and maximize their adherence. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your nails:
Remove Any Existing Nail Polish: If you have any nail polish or lacquer on your nails, use a gentle nail polish remover to completely clean the nail surface. Ensure there is no residue left behind.
Trim and Shape: Use a nail clipper to trim your nails to the desired length. Then, use a nail file to shape them according to your preference. It's recommended to file in one direction, moving from the sides towards the center, to avoid nail damage.
Gently Push Back Cuticles: Use a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick to carefully push back your cuticles. This step helps create a clean and even nail bed for the gel nail wrap to adhere to. Be gentle to avoid any damage to the cuticles or nail surface.
Smooth the Nail Surface: Use a nail buffer or a gentle nail file to lightly buff the surface of your nails. This step helps remove any ridges, bumps, or irregularities, creating a smoother surface for the gel nail wrap to adhere to. Be cautious not to over-buff or thin out your natural nails.
Cleanse the Nails: Before applying the gel nail wrap, it's essential to clean the nail surface to remove any oils, lotions, or debris. You can use a lint-free nail wipe or cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol or nail cleanser to cleanse each nail thoroughly. This step ensures optimal adhesion of the gel nail wrap.
To apply nail wraps:
Prepare your nails: Ensure your nails are clean, dry, and free of any polish or oils. Gently push back the cuticles and shape your nails if needed. Use an alcohol wipe to remove any dust or oils from your nails and finger tips.
Select the right size: Choose a nail wrap that matches the size of your nail bed. If needed, you can trim the wrap to fit your nails more precisely.
Peel and apply: Remove the clear plastic sheet covering the nail wrap strip. Carefully peel the nail wrap from its backing, making sure not to touch the adhesive side. Align the rounded end of the wrap with your cuticle and press it down onto the nail, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles as you go.
Trim and file: Once the nail wrap is applied, use a nail file to remove any excess wrap by gently filing it in a downward motion. This helps to achieve a clean and neat edge. For semi-cured gel nail wraps, it is sometimes easier to wait until after they have been cured under a UV lamp.
Seal and secure: For semi-cured gel nail wraps, cure them under a UV lamp for a minimum of 60 seconds. For longer-lasting results, you can apply a clear topcoat over the nail wrap to seal and protect it. Allow the topcoat to dry completely.
Using a cuticle tool, gently lift the edge of the nail wrap. Once the edge has slightly lifted from your nail, apply a small amount of cuticle oil and work it under the nail wrap.
This helps separate the adhesive from your nail.
Slowly slide the wooden stick under the gel strip, moving side to side until the gel wrap releases from the nail bed.
Be sure not to rush removing the gel wrap to avoid damaging your nail.
Clean your nail with either alcohol wipes or nail polish remove any leftover adhesive glue.
No, a base or top coat is not required. However, using them may help extend the time your nail wraps will last.
Unfortunately no, while the sun will slightly harden the gel nail strip, it is not strong enough to fully cure the gel wrap.
Yes, you sure can!
You can apply a full set of gel nail wraps in minutes. It does also take 60 seconds to cure your new gel nail wraps under a UV light.
Yes, some people prefer to file their nail wraps down after they have cured rather than before.
Semi cured gel nail wraps can be trimmed or stretched to fit your nails prior to being cured.
Semi cured gel nail wraps can be trimmed or stretched to fit your nails prior to being cured.
Yes! Just be sure to store your gel nail wraps in a cool dark place away from any light sources.
No. They are not designed to harden to the same level as traditional salon acrylic or gel nails. It would also leave the adhesive under the gel wrap exposed, allowing dirt and moisture to get in between the wrap and nail bed. This would reduce the wear time and increase the risk of your nail wraps coming off.
There is always a potential for an allergic reaction to any type of material. You could potentially have an allergic reaction if you have previously suffered an allergic reaction to either a gel nail product or medical adhesive such as a bandaid. We recommend doing a patch test on a single nail for 24hrs before applying a full set.
Standard nail wraps can be used on children however we do not recommend that semi-cured gel nail wraps are used on children. This is due to the requirement of a UV light and children having more sensitive skin.