Using Vents in Jamberry Wraps for Curved Nails

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I choose to think of my nail beds as “special” because frankly, I didn’t know I had strange nail beds until I started using Jamberry.

How can you tell if you also possess “special” nail beds?
Take a look at your nails straight on. Do they curve like mine do in this picture, from side to side?
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That would be one problem to deal with, but like I said, I’m special.

Now look at them from the side. Do they also curve from front to back? Yup, special.
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Another way to tell is if you get bubbles or puckers around the edges of your wraps. It’s not the wrap’s fault and it’s not your fault. It’s your nails.

Not to worry! There is a solution for either or both problems and those are vents. I can’t take credit for coming up with this idea. I’ll link to the video where I learned about it, but I do mine a little differently.

This is a vent:
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It’s just a tiny cut placed towards and angled to the bottom of the wrap. Put one on either side. The video suggests cutting a wedge, but I found that ends up leaving a little gap that kind of bothers me. This way may have some overlap, but it’s less bothersome. It’s totally up to you.

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You’re going to place the bottom of the wrap on first and just let the top hang out for a second while you get everything placed right.

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Once the bottom is pressed down, now pull the top into place around the sides.

Heat and file as usual and there you have it! I went from an average of 5-6 days with my wraps to over 2 weeks. I’d say that’s worth an extra little step!
Let me know if you have any questions!

FYI – This wrap is the Mad Hatter from the Fall/Winter 2014 catalog.

Original video:ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CUV3OzzPgc&feature=share

UPDATE: If you liked this post, be sure to check out The Latest Jamberry Application Testย where I try out another method that worked out well for me. For some (like me) Jamberry can take some trial and error to find the right method. Hopefully these tutorials help! Please comment if you have specific questions!

– Jen

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14 thoughts on “Using Vents in Jamberry Wraps for Curved Nails

    • LOL! Yes, I did have the puckers at the tops too and this absolutely helped, but it’s only part of the solution. One thing that I’ve learned since I published this article is just how important it is to really push those cuticles back. You actually have nearly invisible cuticles all around your nails, including the top. I’ve found using a cuticle dissolver – like Sally Hansen’s – has worked wonders to remove those and get a perfect seal.

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  1. I tried this and am THRILLED that the tips aren’t puckering . . . but the edges of the vents didn’t adhere as well as the rest, and they are snagging on EVERYTHING! Is it just a matter of getting the application right the next time, or did I do something wrong?j

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    • Be sure when you’re applying them not to touch the sticky side. That can be tricky when working with those vents because they can bend the wrong way and it’s easy to accidentally touch them. It does get a little better with practice, but that is definitely a downside.

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  2. Hey thank you so much for all the tips! Love it!
    When doing your method of vent, you vent both sides near the bottom right? Thanx so much in advance!
    Sonya

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    • Hi Sonya,

      Yes! Vent both sides towards the bottom (I’ve found that helps prevent those edges from peeling up).

      Glad you’re able to use some of these tips and are enjoying Jamberry! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

      Thanks,
      Jen

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  3. I have curvy nails. Side to side and bottom to top. I tried the baseball method of cutting little wedges but I, like you, didn’t like the bumps or the way it showed in my wraps. I tried just doing the vents tonight. GAME CHANGER!!! Thank you so much! Also, for the little overlap, I took my nail clippers and clipped it off. No bumps and smooth finish. I am now hoping to get more than 5 or 6 days out of my sets too!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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  4. Pingback: Curved Nails? Use a vent! | Kristi the Christensen

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