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What are silk wrap nails and why do you need them? To understand the need for silk wrap nails, answer this question: have you experienced the agony of your nails breaking out of nowhere? Or, are your nails easily damaged? If yes, silk wrap nails could help you next time.

Everything You Need To Know About Silk Wrap Nails!

From cold weather to incorrect gel removal to biting nails, you have several reasons for nail damage. Even if you work a lot with your hands, your nails can easily weaken and break. This is where you can use silk wrap nails to strengthen your natural nails.

When did you first hear about silk nail wraps? Before introducing wrappers we use now, manicurists, in the 1920s, used coffee filters or tea bags to strengthen nails. Silk wrap nails were pretty popular back in the 80s. Alas, acrylic nails pushed them out of the market too quickly. But recently, silk wraps are trending —again— in the market. Apparently, they are pretty effective in improving the durability and strength of your weak or brittle natural nails.

Everything You Need To Know About Silk Wrap Nails

What exactly are silk wrap nails? They are pieces of silk (some with bits of linen), mainly used to wrap over and around the nails for a pretty manicure for short nails and to mend broken nails. In a nutshell, they are artificial nails placed on natural nails. Unlike other manicures, say acrylic nails, silk wrap nails don’t give those long nails. If you prefer normal length and not those long nails that look scary to function with (at first), silk wrap nails are for you. They help you give your nails aesthetically pleasing polishing with minimal damage and normal length.

Used with an adhesive to stick the silk wrap in their place, silk wraps also use resin to further strengthen the nails. But more importantly, they are known as effective nail strengtheners. If you don’t want your nails to feel heavy or bulky (which many other manicure types feel), these wraps will be perfect for you.

Who Can Use Silk Wrap Nails?

Anyone can use silk wrap nails. But they are more suitable for you if you:

Who Can Use Silk Wrap Nails

  • Accidentally break your nails.
  • Don’t want your nails to feel thick after they are polished.
  • Prefer short length over longer nails.
  • Plan to do your manicure session at home as these wraps can be easily brought online.
  • Have damaged nails (or toenails) that require repair.
  • Are allergic to acrylic or primer.
  • Decide to make a transition from strong acrylic nails.
  • Have sensitive nails or skin (especially the elderly).
  • Simply want to strengthen your nails.
  • Have nails that are generally weak.

Pros and Cons Of Silk Wrap Nails

Everything comes with both pros you want to enjoy and cons you rather avoid. But, sadly, they come together. Let’s see what are the plus points of using a silk wrap.


Strengthen nails

Strengthen nailsOne of the main reasons for using silk wraps for nails is how they strengthen your nails. They help in adding structure to the nail and resin in them helps in hardening. When you add nail polish on this added strength, the chances of your nail getting cracks or splits are lower. On weak or brittle(1) nails, silk wraps can provide strength and desired length without any further damage.

Repair nail cracks

When you have split on your nails or if your nails break, you can easily mend them using silk wraps. Scroll down to learn how to use them on broken nails or cracks on nails.

Prevent breaking

Prevent breakingBy using silk wraps on the nails, you can lessen the risk of nail breaking and prevent your nails from further breaking. Because you have an additional strengthener on your nails. Unlike other nail strengtheners that damage the nails on removal, these wraps don’t damage your nails even during removal. If you remove them correctly that is.

Less damaging

Though there are some gel nails or other nail extensions that don’t damage your nails while applying, most of them do damage while removing. With silk wraps, you don’t have to worry about that either. You can easily remove them without damaging your nails, unlike other extensions or strengtheners. 

Treats nail woes

Aside from preventing nail breaks and mending nail cracks, you can use silk wraps to cover up the appearance of any scratches on the nails. Using various artificial nail extensions or nail art may have made your nails look damaged when bare. Or your nails may be discolored. Silk wraps can easily cover up all of them and make your nails look natural.

Looks like natural nails

Looks like natural nailsThough a silk wrap may not look like a versatile piece of nail extension, you can use it for more than one use. Aside from using on nail cracks, because they look like natural nails, you can wear them and leave them as they are. Or, you can paint, add color, and do nail art designs on them.


Nail extensions such as acrylics and gel may feel too thick for some. If you need a lightweight and breathable extension, you can choose silk wrap nails. When you use their thin texture, you won’t even feel like you are wearing artificial nails. Moreover, your nails won’t feel crammed either as these are breathable. If you use them on nail cracks, you won’t feel any heaviness as they basically blend in as your natural nails.


You can buy silk wraps for nails at a cheap rate. Unlike other nail strengtheners or nail extensions, these don’t come at an expensive price. So, you can simply order them online for a quick nail polishing session or if your nail breaks accidentally.

Easy to apply and remove

This is the reason manicurists consider silk wraps as an easy option for at-home nail pampering sessions. Because silk wraps are easy to apply and remove. You don’t need a UV light nail lamp to apply them nor do you have to soak your fingernails(2) in acetone for a prolonged time for complete removal. Unlike some, you don’t have to file them off the nails either. So, these are pretty much your easiest option out there. You can find a detailed procedure on how to apply and remove silk wrap nails below.


Not tough

Although silk wraps can strengthen the nails, they are not as hard as you would like. Because of their thin nature of the material, silk wrap nails are not as tough as other nail extensions, such as gels, acrylics, or even dip powder nails.

Easily removed

Easily removedYes, silk wraps are easy to remove. But this can also be considered as a drawback. Due to their moisture exposure, they can be removed if your nails are exposed to water for a prolonged period. For instance, if you often work with your hands or if your work involves wetting your hands more frequently, silk wraps may not be for you. They can separate from your nails too easily. In this case, gel nails might be your choice.

Require fill-ins

Silk wraps require fill-ins to maintain their appealing look on your nails. These are recommended every 2 weeks of nail growth.

Not so popular

Not so popularAnother important drawback would be the unpopularity of this nail service. You may find it challenging to find salons offering this service or professionals who know how to use these wraps effectively. Then again, you can do this at home on your own as they are easy to use. Unless you need a professional to do it, you can choose silk wraps anyway.

How To Apply Silk Nail Wraps?

Silk wraps are easy to use. Even an individual with no prior manicure experience can apply silk wraps effortlessly. Follow these steps on how to apply silk wraps and you are good to go:

How To Apply Silk Nail WrapsPrepare

Before you sit down to apply silk wraps, prepare all the items you will need such as silk wraps, nail polish remover, nail trimmer, nail file, nail glue, sealing substance, cotton balls, and compressing sheet.


Silk wraps work great on clean nails. Before applying silk wraps on your nails, remove any nail polish, nail extension residue, or glue using the nail polish remover.


The next step is trimming your nails short to the desired length and shape. Make sure that you don’t cut too close to your fingers to make the applying easier.


FileAfter cleaning and trimming, prepare the surface of your nails. You can use the nail file or an electric nail drill to remove the existing shine of your nails without overdoing it. You don’t want to damage your nails. Also, the surface of your nails will be left a bit rough to the touch after filing.


The next step is cutting the silk wrap to the right shape and length. Silk wraps come in different sizes so you have to cut them to size. Some brands come with already shaped ones. But they may necessarily be your right size. So, cut them to your desired length.


WrapMost brands come with an adhesive. Starting from the base to the tip, wrap the silk wraps around your fingernails. Also, make sure not to wrap over your cuticles. Some silk wraps don’t come with an adhesive. For them, apply some glue on the surface of the nail before you stick and wrap the nail wrapping. You can compress the wraps for more safety. For broken nails, wrap the nail wrapping around the broken nail.


The next step is applying the sealing substance which is usually water-soluble. You need to apply it to the nails with the silk wraps. Once dried, buff your nail beds to make the surface smooth and even. This will also help you get rid of tiny bumps by the wraps.


After you buff your nail beds, you can paint them with your preferred colors or design. Or, you can apply just a clear coat and leave them looking natural.

How To Remove Silk Wrap Nails?

Since removing silk nail wraps is a piece of cake, you don’t need to follow any sequential order. All you need to do is wet your fingernails to thin out the silk layers. This is because the sealant you use is water-soluble and can be removed by getting in contact with water.

However, if you have used resin on the wraps, you have to try another way to remove them. As always, acetone saves the day! You can either use an acetone-based nail polish remover or follow these steps:

How To Remove Silk Wrap Nails

  • Pour pure acetone solution into a bowl.
  • Soak your fingernails for 2 minutes.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the solution and use it to gently wipe across your nails.
  • If silk wraps don’t come off easily, soak your fingernails for another 2 minutes.
  • After removing, wash your hands in warm water with soap, dry your hands, and moisturize both nails and cuticles (or use cuticle oil) to prevent the drying effect of acetone.

Final Thoughts

Ideally made for short nails, anyone who prefers natural-looking nails(3) to use as nail extensions can choose silk wrap nails. Unlike acrylics and gels, these types of wraps promise to not feel thick on your nail beds. To choose silk wraps over acrylic or gel, all you need to be sure of is your preference. I hope this article helped you pick your choice from the many options on the market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now, let’s go over a few frequently asked questions regarding silk wrap nails.

How long do silk nail wraps last?

Silk nail wraps typically last for about 2 weeks. So, if you are looking for a longer-lasting manicure, you can definitely choose gel or acrylic.

How much do silk wrap nails cost?

The cost of silk wrap nail service depends on the salon or the manicurist. Anyhow, they are far less expensive than gel. But first, you need to find a salon that offers this service, which is the daunting part. If you are planning to buy a silk wrap nails kit online, it will cost you just $2 or $3 or $5 or $6 for self-adhesive wraps.

Are silk wraps less damaging?

Of course, silk wraps are less damaging to the nails than any other nail strengthens or extensions. But this, in no way, changes their effectiveness.