The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct personal tastes, but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together.When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I was a faithful 'Artificial Nails' wearer. Didn't matter if it was the acrylic or the gel, Every payday from my job, I'd be walking into JDE Salon for my 'Fill.'
After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born.
Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.
Join the nail revolution, ladies!
It became expensive and tedious, but it was the ONLY way I could have the pretty nails every woman wants. My hands were too shaky to paint my own nails, and by then, Mommy was bed-ridden, so she couldn't help me. Mama Melissa is asthmatic, so she can't use or even be around traditional nail polishes. I even tried buying a DIY set and doing them myself, but with the shaky hands, it was nearly impossible to do.
Eventually, I gave up the artificial nails. My nails were getting wrecked by becoming thin and peeling, and I wasn't working anymore. So, it was back to the plain natural nails for me.
When I heard about Jamberry nail wraps, I was skeptical. Weren't these just press-on nails? I thought. Two weeks of wear time? No way. They are stickers. They aren't going to work any better than Lee Nails.
So, I took Lesley Weiss Zwick's offer to do a review on them... Could they really last two weeks on someone who ROUGH on her hands?
Lesley set me the Application Kit with Cuticle Oil, the Mini Heater (which I did not get a picture of) and 4 sets or wraps; Sprinkles & Frosting Juniors, Zebra and Scribble Hearts Juniors, Love Bug (discontinued) and True Love Tip (Short) (also discontinued).
Application kit -- Cuticle Oil, Buffer block, Nail file, Rubber cuticle pusher, nail wipe
NOT PICTURED: Nail scissors, Nail Clippers, 2 Orange sticks
My collection of wraps -- Not listing names as some are discontinued
I was home alone when I decided to apply these for the first time, and I used the True Love Tips for my application. Because it was early spring, we still had our EdenPure heaters running, so I just them for my heat source. You can also use a hair dryer for the heat source.
The actual application was actually very easy for my shaky and spazzy hands to apply. Even when the wraps got stuck to themselves, they were easily to pull apart and they were still usable.
Left hand with True Love Tips applied
What I REALLY like about Jamberry wraps is the fact that they are completely fume-free! As I said above, Mama Melissa has asthma. Because they send her into an asthma attack, I can't use traditional nail polishes because of the fumes. I can apply Jamberry Nail Wraps right next to Mama Melissa (She even helped me trim my right hand) and she doesn't have any breathing issues!!
I also like how fuss-free they are. I was able to eat dinner (a sub sandwich) right after I applied the last wrap and there were NO SMUDGES!!! I also wasn't eating the toxic nail polish either.
This set actually lasted me 10 days before I tired of them. I ended up taking them off, simply because I was bored of them.
About 2 weeks later, I applied the Frosting ones from the Sprinkles & Frosting set, but due to an error on MY part, they didn't last. It was SOLELY my fault on that. I cannot stress enough... WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE APPLYING THE WRAPS. I didn't wash my hands, and even though I used a nail wipe, there was too much oil on the nail bed for the wraps to actually stick.
The third application I did, I decided to mix it up a bit. I went with the purple zebra print from the Zebra & Scribble Heart set, but I used the Black & White Tiger accent nails I had on my thumbs. I was afraid this wouldn't look good, but I really like the way the look came out. I really couldn't tell that it was two completely different animal prints.
Zebra print on the fingers with Black & White Tiger on the thumbs
The most difficult thing disabled people will have with Jamberry wraps is removing them from the plastic sheeting. It can be a bit of a pain to slide your nails under the wraps to pull them up. Also lining the wraps up evenly with the nail beds can be a bit hard if your hands shake.
There are a few tips I have for applying these...
~WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE APPLYING THE WRAPS. Any excess oil on your nails will affect the adhesiveness of the wraps. Using Dawn dish soap will remove all traces of excess oil, giving you a better adhesion/seal.
~USE AS HOT AS YOU CAN STAND OF A HEAT SOURCE. I found the wraps stayed on better when using a space heater (such as an EdenPure heater) over the mini-heater. I didn't feel the mini-heater got hot enough for the wraps to adhere.
~USE THE RUBBER CUTICLE PUSHER TO FLATTEN THE WRAP. I got a much tighter seal to the nail bed when using the rubber pusher than when using my fingers only.
~USE ALCOHOL. I used alcohol wipes the first time and the wraps seemed to adhere to the nail bed better than when using the Jamberry branded wipes.
Jamberry Nail Wraps are available from Lesley's Jamberry Page for $15.00 a sheet. Please look under the 'Nail & Hand Care' category to find the mini-heater and the Application kit.
I'm HOOKED. Unless I find a REALLY pretty shade of traditional nail polish, I'm a Jamberry girl now!!
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**
A HUGE THANK YOU TO LESLEY WEISS ZWICK FOR PROVIDING MY STARTER KIT, AND TO TABITHA OKERBERG-HARRIS, SARAH BRIDGES, JESSICA ROSENKRANS, AND ATHENA TABER FOR HELPING ME BUILD MY COLLECTION OF WRAPS