Applying Nail Wraps

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September 17, 2013

nail wrapsNail wraps come in many designs and colors. There are so many advantages in using wraps, instead of polish or applying acrylic nails. There is less exposure to chemicals, they last 7-10 days, and they don't need any drying time.



  • nail polish remover
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton pads or cotton balls
  • orange stick (for cuticles)
  • rubber cuticle pusher
  • nail file (rough and fine)
  • buffing block
  • cuticle scissors
  • small heater (or blow dryer)
  • nail wraps


  1. Cut the nail wraps in half (unless you have long nails). This will allow you use the other half for another application.
  2. cutting nail wraps in half
  3. Smooth the surface of your nails with a buffing block, if necessary.
  4. smooth out nail surface
  5. Soak your fingers in warm water to soften your cuticles. Then using an orange stick, gently push them back.
  6. push back cuticles

  7. Clean your nails and finger tips with rubbing alcohol to remove excess skin and nail oils.
  8. alcohol on cotton pads
    clean nails with alcohol
  9. While the wraps are still on their backing, lay them over your nail to find the one the fits each finger best.
  10. check for proper size
  11. Remove the wrap from the backing and hold it in front of the heater (or blow dryer). Heat the wrap for about 10 seconds to soften the adhesive. NOTE: It will begin to curl when it is ready.
  12. heat wrap with heater

  13. Apply it to your nail, making sure to straighten it before sticking it down. Avoid having the wrap touch your cuticle. Trim the wrap down with cuticle scissors for a better fit, if needed.
  14. apply wrap to nail
  15. Use the rubber cuticle pusher to smooth out bubbles and to press the edges down firmly.
  16. smooth wrap out with cuticle pusher
  17. Reheat the wrap while it's on your nail and use the rubber cuticle pusher to continue smoothing out the wrap, making sure that the edges are completely sealed.
  18. reheat after application

  19. Using the rough side of the nail file, file with a downward motion to remove the excess wrap from the end of your nail.
  20. file to remove excess 1
    file to remove excess 2
    remove filed off edge
  21. Using the fine side of the file, gently smooth out any rough edges along your nail.
  22. smooth out edges
    finish wrap on thumb
  23. Assuming that you sealed the edges properly, your wraps should last 7-10 days depending on how rough you are on your nails. :)
  24. finished nail wraps
  25. Removing Wraps: Heat the wraps for a few seconds with a heater or blow dryer. Then gently peel off the wraps. If they do not come off easily, soak them in nail polish remover for about 30 seconds. Now you should be able to peel off the wrap.
  26. peel off old nail wrap

  27. Remove any excess adhesive with a cotton swab and nail polish remover. Now you are ready to apply new nail wraps.
  28. remove adhesive
  29. HELPFUL TIP: The brand of nail wraps that I use fit perfectly into a little photo album.
  30. nail wraps in photo album
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July 15, 2014

Learn how to apply nail wraps with this video. Nail wraps are chemical free and last longer than your typical polish.

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