I ombréd my hair two years after everyone else, only just started watching Mad Men and tested out nail wraps for the first time yesterday. You noticing a trend here? I’m notorious for being a little late to plenty of parties. The nail wrap trend was originally served up in a slightly more trickier form than it exists today, but being a bit of a fierce protector of my beds and any methods that could cause damage in any way and due to some of the garnish patterns available I’ve always steered clear. But after being inspired to experiment after flicking through my WAH Nails Book and whilst browsing the shelves at Boots I stumbled across a pack that didn’t seem too horrendous – Nail Rock Jade Quail Nail Wraps. I love a bit of turquoise, me.
I remember the days where nail wraps had to be steadily applied to the nail, then blown on with hairdryers, expertly trimmed and compared to that process this pack of Nail Rocks were a ball. In essence they are just very, very sticky nail stickers. You peel the size suited to your nail off the card, line up, press down firmly onto your nail starting from the cuticle and working up then file off the excess. All done while watching Mad Men without sawing half your nail off.
Two niggles? Due to the fact you have to file off any excess wrap you can end up giving your nails an unintentional file too which wasn’t in my plans and during the process I discovered I had tinsie tiny nails (who knew!?) and needed to cut a lot of the wraps down. But all in all not a bad experience – not too difficult to apply and I rather liked the finished effect. Although I must admit they were whipped off pretty speedily. My reasons being that I’m filming a manicure routine video today (that should be live tomorrow) and I ballsed up two fingers on my right hand which were unable to be saved, as due to my fiddling the stickers had lost their ‘stick’. Bwalls.
So that was me – wrapped up for a grand total of one day in the things. I’d give my talon sticker exploits a B-, must try harder next time: use more elbow grease when applying, experiment with a top coat to increase longevity and persist a little longer than 24 hours with ‘em so I can report back on their lasting power. I think a purchase of the Models Own/WAH Nails collaboration will be on the cards next – flouncy floral nails – yes please. Time to wrap this up – any tips for a first time nail wrapper?