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In recent years, nail art wraps or veneers have become a staple tool for every nail tech, enabling you to offer on-trend nail art taking no longer than a regular manicure and which lasts the duration.


This Summer, nail art wraps were given a global stage, when athletes at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games showed their patriotismby sporting the colours and flags of their countries on their fingernails, opening the world of nail art wraps and veneers to a whole new audience.


Although some nail techs will always excel in creating freehand nail art designs, if you’re not naturally blessed with the creative flair or the steady hand required for intricate work, then wraps and veneers offer a professional alternative.They enable you to keep up with your clients’ requests for individual, personalised nails whilst giving you confidence that the finished results will be just what your client requested.


What’smore, regardless of which brand you choose to work with, there are a huge number of different designs available, plus seasonal collections are added by each brand periodically, so your clients will always be spoilt for choice.


Some veneers come pre-cut, some are just for tips to create funky French designs, whilst some require you to trimthe veneer to your client’s nail size; they are also suitable for both fingernails and toenails. You can also layer some designs, to create a totally bespoke look.


fingerwork bymelissa dennis Wrap up nail artwith this season’s latest designs


Whilst to the untrained eye all wraps will seemmuch the same, you’ll know this isn’t the case. Every nail tech will have their favourite products to work with, some because they offer ease of application, some because of the designs available and others because of the duration that they will last on clients’ nails.


Whatmost professional wraps have in common is that they are essentially solid films with adhesive backs that, when activated by heat (either an external source, or body heat), adhere to the natural nail plate or to enhancements, depending on the product.The designs are fixed onto the films, so you are guaranteed no smudging.As there are no glues or base or topcoat products required, it’s a treatment that you can carry out on a client whilst they’re in salon for hair treatments or lash enhancements, for example –making thema profitable add- on.


As far as a heat source goes, some brands recommend the use of a specific nail heat source similar to a hairdryer, whilst others advise the use of a heat lamp.Through heating, the veneers become pliable and therefore can be fitted to the nails and smoothed into place.


The veneers require no drying time, so essentially the service only takes as long as a regular polish. Clients are good to leave the salon straight after the application has been completed – this is especially helpful for toenails, as clients can slip their regular shoes back on without the worry of smudging.


To remove, the nails are heated gently which thenmakes the veneer pliable again and easily peelable leaving no damage to the natural nail.


Some nail techs have taken to overlaying Gel onto the veneers to gain added longevity, but used alone it is estimated that, depending on after care, clients will get up to 14 days wear on fingernails, and up to eight weeks on toe nails. If clients look after their nails, as they would any other enhancement or lacquer treatment, the wraps should not split or peel (unless excessive heat is applied) and you will no doubt come across clients who will be able to wear their nail art for longer than estimated.


RebeccaAdlingtonWearingUnion Minx™ at this year’s London Olympics.


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