It’s becoming clear that I just finished training for a race because I have all sorts of time to update runfunfood.com!
I usually try to get a creative manicure before some running or TNT event. Traditional polish chips quickly on me (I wash my hands no less than 15 times a day working in a hospital.). Gel polish lasts for 2 weeks. “But that’s the point!”, you say. Except, as excited as I am for events, I want it for the 1-to-few days before and no more than a day after. Plus, at $30-$40 for a gel manicure, do you really want to take it off after a weekend?
I read about Jamberry Nails nail wraps very recently, right in time for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. I was immediately interested. They have several pre-made designs from solid color to fun, festive holiday prints and everything in between. They are designed to last up to 2 weeks on hands and 4 weeks on toes. The best part is that they also have a design studio where you can design your own wraps, which is just perfect for events! I designed mine for Nike Women’s, which I ran with Team in Training. Because I was a part of a special team within TNT, Team On Fire, I also wanted to incorporate that. And this is what I came up with:
As you can see, this is for one sheet. So each sheet comes with enough wraps for 2 hands and 2 feet. These were about $18.00 because they were custom made. Many of the pre-designed wrap sheets are $15. I submitted my design for approval (you can upload pictures for these, so I imagine they have to be cleared for copyright reasons), and had an approval within a day. I emailed customer service to see how long they would take to deliver and she responded quickly and told me 6-10 business days after you get confirmation that they’ve shipped. That was going to be cutting it very close since the event weekend at that point was in 7 days. But that was completely my lack of thinking ahead. I got the email on a Monday. The wraps arrived on Wednesday. Yes, seriously. It was that fast. Perfect! Here is the finished product on their sheet.
(Pic is a little blurry, sorry about that!)
I am so happy with how they came out. Particularly because these are more fun than I would have had a salon do (though I’m sure they could have, I’m just simply not patient enough).
I’m a little clumsy with new things, so it took me a few minutes to get these right. Mainly, because my fingers fell in-between some of the sizes so I had to trim some down. Then you add some heat. They have a dryer, or you can use a blow-dryer, which worked just fine for me. You heat them up, lay them onto the nail. Then you smooth it out with a rubber nail tool (I don’t own one because I don’t generally do my own nails, so I used a cotton swab). Once it is smooth, add a little more heat from the dryer to make sure it adhered and is smooth. I trimmed down the end and filed, and voila! Perfect, event-ready nails.
I LOVE them. If you looked really close (like so close it would be weird if someone actually looked that close) you can tell they were printed. That’s a win. They came out awesome and for what I wanted, it was perfect. They lasted through a rough day at work, the expo, a few events and the race. I took them off myself the day after and they were still in perfect shape. A major plus was that there was absolutely no damage to my nail underneath. I can’t say that that’s true even with gel that is soaked for awhile to remove. Had they been a solid, or rather, every day, color, I would have left them on. I have no doubt they would last 2 weeks. They were shiny like gel and did not “appear like a wrap”, if that makes sense. I got so many compliments on them.
Things like this make me super happy.
So, all in all, it was a win. Would I get them again? Definitely. Will I refer others? Absolutely. Will I be trying some other styles, without a doubt. I’m curious what other’s thoughts are on this. This was the first time my nails suited-up for a race other than just typical colors. But this was fun. Have any of you used Jamberry or any other nail wrap? What has your experience been?
Thanks for reading!