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Silk Wrap Nails: What They Are + Pros & Cons (Starter Guide)

by Sandy Taylor

If you’re wanting to try silk wrap nail, this guide will provide you with the basics you need to know to get started. In this post, I will go over what silk wrap nails are as well as the pros and cons of this type of nail.

I will also compare them other types of nails like dip powder nails and acrylic nails.


What Are Silk Wrap Nails?

Silk wrapped nails are basically fingernails that are made from a silk material, cut to size. They are applied to natural nails with an adhesive, then buffed to smooth out the surface and shape them properly.

Silk nails were popular in the 1980s, but have since gained a resurgence in recent years. Because of their tendency to keep nails looking natural without adding much length, they’re a popular choice for those who want to have a look that doesn’t rely on expensive acrylics.

What Are The Pros Of Silk Nails?

Some of the pros of silk nails include their flexibility, their sturdiness, and their natural look. Because of the fabric they’re on, silk nails are able to be applied easily with more accurate shaping than other types of synthetic nails. There’s more flexibility to have them adhere to the nail more securely than other synthetics as well.

Silk nails also provide an adhesion that can assist those with brittle nails. Because of the way the silk wraps around the nail, it provides more coverage and adhesion. The thinness of the wrap can have it cling easier to a damaged or brittle nail without causing undo pain, giving the nail something sturdy to cling to as it heals and gets stronger.

Silk wraps can also be applied to other synthetic nails that are cracked in order to keep the material from breaking off completely. Because they’re cut to fit, you’ll be able to rest easy that you’ve got something to stave off your acrylic nail from snapping off your nail. Silke wraps also have the added bonus of lasting longer than acrylics.

The fact that silk nails provide a more natural look than any other synthetic nails tends to be a positive aspect for most people. It is one of the few synthetic styles that can have nail polish painted on top of it. Of course, if you’re looking to keep the more natural look, then skip the polish and let your nail technician use silk wraps instead. 

What Are The Disadvantages Of Silk Nails?

Some of the cons of silk nails include not fitting with active lifestyles, they can damage your nails with removal, and they’re a bit harder to find. If you’re washing your hands frequently due to your job or your lifestyle, then it might be best to try a different type of synthetic nail. Silk nails are sturdy, but if you’re using your hands often, they aren’t ideal and will begin to show wear.

With any synthetic nail, there is always the chance that your natural nails will be damaged due to the application. This is where the place you get your nails done is crucial. Nail technicians that are familiar with the silk wrap will know how much adhesive to apply and how much they need to buff.

Having your silk wrap removed by an inexperienced technician can cause your natural nail bed to move, making it more susceptible to fungus. Silk wraps aren’t as common today as they were years ago, so make sure that wherever you go to get your nails silk wrapped, it’s a place where one of the technicians is proficient.

Because the style was more popular back in the 1980s, the popularity of silk wrap has declined enough that it’s difficult to find them at your drug store, if you were thinking about doing your nails yourself. You’d need to go to a nail parlor for the wraps, which could cost a bit more money, and you’d need to find a place that knows how to properly apply and remove silk wraps.

With the rise in popularity, this shortage might change and more nail technicians will be trained in the practice. For now, it might be tough to find a place specifically for silk wraps. Do your research first!

Silk Wrap Nails Vs Dip Powder Nails: What’s The Difference? Which Is Better?

Silk wrap and dip powder are quite different in both application and wear. For a silk wrap, the silk is applied to the nail with an adhesive, then trimmed and buffed in order to create the nail. Because of how adhered the silk is to the nails, it isn’t so easily peeled off and usually requires a nail technician to remove it safely.

Dip powder nails require several steps in order to be applied. First, there is a base, then an adhesive applied to the nails. From there, the adhesive needs to be applied after dipping your nail into the powder to provide full coverage. Once you have the desired coverage, then you apply a top coat to seal it. Dip powder can be removed without the help of a nail technician, but if you just attempt to peel away the dip, you could be left with a damaged nail.

Silk wrap doesn’t require as much time to apply as dip powder. With dip powder, you’re creating a more nail polish-like look instead of the natural look you get with silk wrap nails. As far as pricing goes, dip powder comes with more components, so it would cost a bit more than the silk wraps.

As far as comparing which type of nails are best, it all depends on how active you are. If you’re someone who works with their hands all day, dip powder nails will stay on longer. Silk wrap nails are best if you’re looking for something affordable that you don’t need to put too much effort into. It all depends on your taste.

Silk Wrap Nails Vs Acrylic Nails

Silk wrap and acrylics are basically on either side of the spectrum of nails. On the one hand, you have the flexible, easily sized silk wraps. On the other hand, you have the sturdy and polished look of acrylics. The two could not be any different.

Compared to acrylics, silk wraps are a bit more expensive. Still, they offer more breathability than acrylics because of how flexible they are. Silk wraps also cause much less damage to your natural nail than acrylics.

As to which is better, it all depends on how you’d handle them. If you’re looking for something sturdy, yet colorful, that can hold up against a lot of action, acrylics are for you. If you’re not in a very active position but still need a nail that will keep your natural nail looking fine, then silk is your best bet.

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