Fiberglass is a composite material of glass fibers in resin; used in nail wrap applications to brace natural nails or artificial tips.

Wraps are thin pieces of material (usually silk or fi berglass) that are adhered to nails to help increase their strength and durability. Wraps make great supports for thin or very weak nails, and they can quickly make a diff erence on clients  concerned about breaking or chipping their fragile nails.

Backscratchers educator Christine Vargas of Visalia Calif., explains how she uses wraps and off ers some advice on how to introduce them to clients. “A lot of new techs are unsure whet her they should use fi berglass or silk. I always ask the client first how tough she is on her nails. Is she breaking her nails often? Or only once in a while?

If she says she breaks her nails frequently, then I’ll go straight to a fi berglass wrap because they off er more strength — about double that of silk wraps. But if she says she only breaks or chips a nail every once in a while, then I’ll start her off with silk wraps and take it from there. If she needs more reinforcement we can switch to fi berglass.

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Required Reading

All Wrapped Up: A Helpful Handbook

May 1, 2003

While not nearly as pervasive as gels or acrylics, wraps represent a lucrative niche service. Here we give you some background information to get you started, as well as some troubleshooting and application techniques to help you along the way.

Wraps in the City

May 1, 2002

Wraps are enjoying renewed popularity fueled in part by clients’ desire for a more natural look and spas seeking a lower odor alternative to acrylic. Whether silk, linen, fiberglass, or paper, wraps may be just the right fit for certain clients.

Fitting Fiberglass Fabulously

January 1, 1995

Knowing some of the tricks and shortcuts will make applying fiberglass a breeze.

How Products Work: Fiberglass

January 1, 1995

Here's a quick lesson in the chemistry and physics of fiberglass wrap systems.

Wraps Can Do It All

March 1, 1992

Use a wrap system to strengthen or repair natural nails or as a beautifully thin and strong artificial extension.

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