TAMPA, Fla - Sick of sitting in the salon?
Sick of salon prices?
Are you done with chips, cracks and smudges with your polish?
You can now get your hands on a Tinseltown nail art trend right here in Tampa for just about $15.
Jamberry nail wraps come in 300+ designs and if you don't see one you like you can now design your own. They've been featured in Instyle, Health, NailIt!, Self, Fitness and People Style Watch Magazines.
"You can customize them to fit your nail," explained Christina York, a Tampa-based independent consultant for the company. "They are vinyl heated wraps that are activated by heat and pressure."
The application process is easy and the company offers an instructional Youtube video .
All you need are alcohol wipes, a cuticle pusher, scissors, nail file and a blow dryer. You can apply the non-toxic vinyl wraps right at home.
First, you will want to clean your nails with an alcohol pad and push back your cuticles. Next, match the nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits. Then, peel off the nail wrap and warm with a blow dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible. When warm, press the the wrap on to the nail using pressure. You can then trim the top of the nail with scissors or file it down to fit your nail. Finally, you will want to apply head and pressure again to make sure the wrap is bonded to the nail.
"It takes me about 15 minutes," York explained.
The wraps are waterproof and can last up to three weeks.
Melissa Jo Berry, a fitness trainer who owns Berry Fitness in Ybor , started using the wraps when her acrylics, pricey manicures and designer polishes could not withstand her rigorous training schedule.
"I chip them like crazy, I am always using my hands," said Berry.
Berry trains clients for almost eight hours a day and told ABC Action News while she has helped her clients lose a combined 300 pounds over the past three months, she has not lost a nail in the process.
"They are tough just like me," Berry added.
She has even designed her own pattern online.
Should you want to take your wraps off or simply change to a new wrap pattern, it is simple.
You can either heat the wraps with a blow dryer for 15 seconds and them peel them off. Or, you can soak your nails in nail polish remover for 15-20 seconds and gently rub them off.
York also has an alternative method. She says you can use a household product found right in your kitchen.
"Olive oil will also take them off," York explained.
The wraps are also safe to use on pets.
To try out the nail wraps or to order them, you can contact York at 813.465.3966 or visit the Jamberry site