Jamberry

Applying Jamberry Juniors to your kids

Jamberry Juniors are amazing for fancying up your little’s nails. No paint, no mess, no dry time! Seriously, how have these not been around forever?

They’re essentially the same as the adult/regular sized wraps, just smaller to accommodate smaller nail beds. For $15 you still get your money’s worth too, Jamberry sells the same size sheet just with 42 wraps instead of 18. The junior wraps come with 2 designs so you don’t have 42 wraps of the same color. You’ll have 14 of the top design and 28 of the bottom design. That’s about 5 applications per sheet!

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“Say Megan, they’re cute but how the heck do you get them on?”

While I don’t have any personal experience as my daughter is still a baby, I found some great youtube videos from fellow mommies that share their best tips and tricks. The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that they can fall off pretty quickly. My advice is to triple prep the nail beds so there are no oils before you apply them! Wash their hands with dawn original dish soap and rinse well, then pat dry. Use an alcohol/acetone soaked cotton ball to wipe them down once while getting ready and then once more again before you apply each nail. Little children produce a lot more skin oils than adults do so its easier for the cuticle oils to affect the application.

Applying Jamberry Juniors to a little girl:

and for toddlers:

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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!

The Official Jamberry Application Video

Here is Jamberry’s Home Office Application Video:

and in text version for those of you who aren’t a huge fan of watching videos along with my side comments/tips in red. Different tricks work for different people so feel free to browse around for alternate methods as there are many out there.

1. Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipe and push back the cuticles. You don’t want any oils or cuticle skin on your nail bed that could affect the adhesion of the wrap. 

2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.

3. Peel off nail wrap.  Use wooden stick to peel up the corner (don’t touch the adhesive with your skin) and cut the wrap in half. Alternatively, you can cut the entire row of wraps in half and peel up from the straight edge that will get trimmed off anyway.  Warm with a mini heater or blow-dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible. Wraps with special ‘effects’ like sparkles or metallic may need closer to 10 seconds of heat. As a rule, I heat until the wrap begins to curl.

4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.

5. Allow wrap to cool for a few seconds then trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess – do not file side to side like you would normally file a nail as this will cause a jagged edge.

6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail – just a few seconds more.

7. Avoid applying lotion or water to your hands for at least a few minutes after applying the wraps to let the adhesive really set and cool. I’ll typically sleep on the wraps and then apply lotions in the morning. 

Personally, I LOVE the heater they provide although when I first started I used my hair straightener which put off a ton of heat. I’ve never tried to use my blow dryer but the company started off recommending a blow dryer to heat the wraps before they started selling their own heater.

How to Fix Wrinkles in your Jams

Like everyone has a unique fingerprint, everyone has a unique nail shape and one size certainly does not fit all. I have half mostly curved nails that wear Jams like a pro, but for some reason my pointer fingers are much more dome shaped. They wrinkle almost immediately and its infuriating! I’ve finally found a way to cure the wrinkle with just a little extra effort at application time.

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First, get one of these:

spoonpusher

It’s called a Spoon Pusher and I promise you won’t regret it ;) but be careful with them as they can remove layers of your nail if you use too much force on a naked nail. I got mine off of Amazon for super affordable and it’s stainless steel which is great quality!

Make sure you have a good heat source. I LOVE my Jamberry heater but prior to purchasing it, I used my hair straightener on super hot – I hated the sound/wind of the blow dryer… I’ve even had a friend use her stove once out of desperation. Please be smart when heating your Jams and don’t catch on fire/burn your house down!

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Once I have my Jam’s applied and I’ve let them settle for a few minutes (and inevitably wrinkle), I take the spoon pusher, heat it in front of the heater for about 20 seconds, then I use it to iron out the wrinkles in my Jams. I’ll make sure it really heats the wrinkled part of the wrap and put a little downwards pressure on it like I would a deep wrinkle in my clothes while ironing…

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This method totally extends my Jamicure and keeps it wrinkle free. If a wrinkle does pop up, I’ll try to iron it back down as soon as possible and provided nothing oily has gotten under the wrap, it’ll usually stay back down.

**I apologize for my nail growth/poor cuticle appearance… winter has been rough and this particular Jamicure has been on for about 9 days now, I was just touching up a nail and decided to share my trick ;)**

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