Developed in the early ‘80s, nail wraps are thin products made from paper, silk, linen, fiberglass, mesh, or other fabrics applied to the nail for extra reinforcement. They can be embedded within acrylics and gels or used as a natural nail coating or extension and sealed with resin.
Nail wraps have made a comeback as we continue to realize exactly what the product can do. Techs started doing overlay services, and resin and silk wraps can go well under polish. Fiberglass, also, has the same end result as dip acrylics: a stronger natural nail with longer-lasting polish. Shop Glass Glaze Now
Tip sales have been decreasing recently and the rise of soak-off gels has changed the general feeling about how nails should look and should be shaped. Many clients are generally moving toward a more natural nail and the trend is short. A lot of clients seem to be looking for a service just to keep their short nails strong and colored for longer. Nail wraps fit the bill.
The most common customer will most likely be a client who’s looking for a natural nail overlay. Nail wraps can also be used to create a bit of a tip as well, if the client’s nails are too short. Fiberglass or silk gives it a nice natural overlay without being thick and bulky.
All nail techs should revisit nail wraps because of how non-damaging they are to the nails. If a client needs some help growing out her natural nails, wraps are the perfect service.
Michael Megna, Backscratchers’ founder and CEO, recommends nail wraps for clients who are allergic to acrylic or primer, or the elderly. As well, he says it’s a common service for clients looking to extend damaged toenails during the pedicure season.
Nail wraps are also great for “transitioners,” or clients who’re giving up acrylics and want to grow out their nails. Transitioners have weaker nails and are subjected to a higher chance of breakage along the road to recovery.
Megna says he’s seen a wide range of pricing, but the most common tends to be $5 to $10 more than that salon’s acrylic pricing. “Once you get the education and perfect your skills, you can do a set in 30 to 35 minutes, but keep in mind if the system takes
longer, you need to charge for it,” says Megna.
More and more nail techs have been experimenting with nail wraps for 3-D nail art. You can lay rhinestones and other embellishments directly on the finished wrapped nail and then encase it with another layer of resin. According to Megna, you can put anything on top of fiberglass. Check out Divine Designs Nail Art
Silk wraps can be used as nail art decals. Paint or airbrush on a design, cut it out, and remove the backing. A simple layer of top coat will make the fabric transparent. This is a great activity to do in advance so you can have it ready for your client if your books are full. Paint on animal print or herringbone for a full nail decal. Nail wrap decals, especially made with fiberglass, work with regular polish as well.
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