The Step-by-Step Process of Getting Silk-Wrapped Nails
Silk wrap for the nails may sound like a new thing, but nail wraps have actually been around since the early 80s. Silk-wrapping nails involve applying a thin silk fabric to the nails for extra reinforcement. The fabric can also be embedded within acrylics or gel nail polish to make them stronger.
Nail technicians often recommend silk wrap for nails that are weak or nails that tear easily. If your nail gets torn deeply in the nail bed, you might want to try getting your nail wrapped with silk, as it’s typically more effective than gluing your nail together. Silk-wrapped nails may also be able to help nail polish stay chip-free for longer.
In case you’re curious, here’s the step-by-step process nail technicians typically use to apply silk wrap to the nails.
- Old nail polish is completely removed from the nails and the nails go through a quick, basic cleaning to remove all traces of previously applied polish.
- Once they’re completely clean, the nails are sanded down using a rotary drill. The rotary drill works best as it can more easily get around the natural curves of the nail bed. The drilling process smoothens out all ridges and bumps on the surface of your nails, so your nails have smooth, even surfaces. This will help the silk adhere to the nails.
- If your nails are uneven or if you’d like to have longer nails, the nail technician can add small tips to your nails at this point. The fake tips are applied to your natural nails using glue and then trimmed so your nails are all at the same length. Once the tips are glued to your nails and trimmed, the nails are sanded again to get rid of that bump in the middle of each nail.
- Here’s where the silk wrap is finally applied. The silk wrap usually comes in pre-cut strips that the nail technician must trim to match the shape of your nails. A coat of special primer is applied to the nails first before the trimmed pieces of silk are attached to the nails’ surface. Two layers of fabric are applied to the nails.
- After the silk wrap is applied, a special type of glue or resin is placed on top of the wrap to secure it to your nail. Once the glue is dried, extra wrap is trimmed from the tips of your nails.
- Once your nails are all the same length, the nails are sanded with the rotary driller again to remove any lumps and bumps. The nails are then buffed.
- At this point, the silk-wrapping process is over and your nail technician continues to the rest of the manicure. If you prefer, colored nail polish can be applied on top of your silk-wrapped nails, though many nail technicians recommend just leaving the nails bare.
The whole silk-wrapping process takes an hour or so to complete. Many who have gotten silk-wrapped nails reported that their nails become stronger and tougher and that silk-wrapping can make the hands look neater and more elegant for at least a few days.
Usually you’ll be asked to return to the salon after two weeks to have the wraps refilled. If you don’t manage to make it back, you’ll notice that the wrap will start to chip off and the new growth of your nails will be conspicuous under the silk wrap. You’ll also have a big bump in your nail where the silk wrap ends and the new growth begins.
The silk wrap can be removed by pushing or clipping it from the nails, but if this proves to be uncomfortable for you, the nail technician will soak your nails in a solution for a few minutes. This should make the wrap easier to remove.
After having the silk wrap removed, many found their nails to be in good condition, with no breaks or tears in the nails. Silk wrap may be a good solution for people who want to make their nails stronger and less prone to tearing or breakage.