How to Do Silk Wrap Nails at Home

Updated April 17, 2017

Silk wrap nails are made of silk fibres in the shape and form of a fingernail. These silk nail products are designed to enhance the look of the fingernail as well as protect it. Silk wraps are a better option than gel or acrylic nails because they are much easier to remove and therefore do not cause as much damage to the original nail. They can be applied at home; as long as you take your time, you can achieve salon results.

Use nail polish remover to take off any fingernail polish or oil build-up on the nail. Dip a cotton ball into the remover and gently scrub the residue from the nail.

Clip any natural nails that may be uneven. File them down a bit, but do not file them too far down. Keep the nail longer than the fingertip so it can support the silk wrap nail.

File the top surface of the nail so that it does not have a shiny surface. Use a file with small to medium grit so you do not damage the natural nail.

Cut your silk nails to the desired length with your nail clipper. Cut the silk wrap to fit the base of the natural nail if necessary.

Apply a thin coat of glue to the top of the natural nail. Cover most of the surface if you can and avoid getting any glue on the skin.

Apply the silk wrap slightly higher than the cuticle. Use a plastic compressor sheet to press the nail down into the glue. Press down for about 10 seconds and repeat for all 10 nails.

Trim any nails that may be longer than the others and apply a sealant. Apply fingernail polish to silk wraps if you wish.

File the nails after the sealant has dried.


Try your nail on the finger after cutting to be sure it fits perfectly. Do not apply the glue until you are sure it will fit. Add a tiny bit of glue with a toothpick if the nail starts to feel loose.

Things You'll Need

  • Fingernail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail file
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Silk wrap nails
  • Nail glue
  • Plastic compressor sheet
  • Sealant
  • Nail polish (optional)
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