A better way to remove your Jams

I’m sure we’ve all read through the official Jamberry removal instructions, but just in case you’re not into reading the fine print, here’s their How To:

Quick Removal Process: Heat the wraps with a blow dryer for 15 seconds. Then break the seal by getting under the edge of the wrap with your opposite thumb nail. Slowly peal from side to side. If the nail wraps aren’t pealing easily or the adhesive is still bonded to the nail bed then follow the gentle removal process.

Gentle Removal Process: Soak the nail wrap in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds and gently rub them off. Soaking will break down the adhesive bond and allow them to easily slide off the nail bed.

While that is not the worst way to remove them, there are even better, non-chemical ways that are healthier for your nails. NEVER quickly peel the wraps off like a bandaid! This will remove part of your nail bed with the wrap leaving a damaged, uneven surface behind!

coconutI highly recommend heating a table spoon of oil (I LOVE coconut, but any oil will do) in the microwave… not too hot, but warm to the touch. Maybe 20 seconds at a time in the microwave. Then using one of the wooden sticks you’ve probably gotten free or one of those floss picks, dip it in the oil, then use it to break the seal and work it back and forth under the wrap until it’s completely removed. The heat and oil should help break down the adhesive bond and the oil will help nourish your nail.

Here is a video how to:

If you’re going to immediately apply new wraps, make sure you wash your hands with a little bit of degreasing soap like original blue Dawn dish soap. And voila! Healthy nail beds!

Nail Growth If you do see damage on your nail beds after removal, it’s most likely an underlying issue that the wraps have brought to the surface. The wraps do not cause damage to your nails as long as you have healthy nails. Nails, like hair, grow out and show a history of health. Nails do not need to breath, although it is true that some polishes do change the color of your nails, yellowing them from chemical absorption. They are ‘dead’ cuticles that are pushed out as your nail bed (located just behind your nails, under your cuticles) creates new cells.

If you’re nails look unhealthy or become damaged, there are a few things to try first.

  • Are you well hydrated? Dehydration takes a toll on your hair, nails, and skin quickly. Try drinking more water everyday but keep in mind it can take up to a month or longer for the unhealthy nail cells to grow out and eventually be trimmed off.
  • Are you deficient in something? Healthy fats, vitamins, minerals… all are needed for a healthy appearance, including healthy nails. Try taking a multivitamin and omega rich oil as a supplement.
  • Do you work with a lot of chemicals? If your hands are immersed in chemicals on a daily basis, this can affect your nail beds and the nails that grow out from them. Try wearing protective gloves and using lotions to help repair any damage caused.
  • Are your hands cold on a daily basis? Making sure your blood flow is getting all the way down to your finger nail beds is important. Without blood, they can’t create the healthy nail cells you want to see in your nails. Try moving around more often or exercising at least once a day to really get your blood flowing.

Enjoy your jams!