Is the classic French manicure still in demand? Are acrylics still a trend? Is nail art currently in vogue?
According to some of Perth’s top nail technicians, the answer to all of the above is yes.
“Our most popular services are acrylics and gel manicures,” says Jani Schaper, director of Glamour Nail Bar, which has salons in Subiaco and Cockburn.
“People love the twist on the classic French which are French ombre or baby boomer nails. This is a softer version of the classic French and is very popular with brides, and we find we are creating a lot more of these rather than the classic French.”
Bold nail art is also a popular trend, with a majority of salons offering it as part of their nail services.
“As consumers and clients become more inspired by so many nail art designs, there is an increase in salons offering nail art services,” says Australian Nail Academy education manager Leita Schmiedte.
“Eighty-five per cent of nail salons offer nail art, second to 89 per cent offering basic manicures.”
Schaper says more of her clients are pushing the boundaries when it comes to nail art.
“We see that clients are becoming more daring with their choice of nail art and this increases with each visit,” she says.
“Nail art trends often follow fashion trends so at the moment clients are going crazy for animal print. Yellow nails have been super popular lately also, and trends which have been around for a while and don’t appear to be going anywhere are holographic nails, sheer nails, glitter, metallic, foils, bold prints, geometric prints and Aztec prints.”
The Nail Depot owner and educator Catherine Shales says vibrant tones and pops of bright cremes are popular for the current season, though Schaper says nudes and light pinks are still go-to shades for many women.
“This is because they are the most versatile colours and can match with any outfit,” Schaper says.
Schmiedte says most clients will turn to social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook when searching for nail looks.
High-profile celebrities like Kylie Jenner, who has more than 129 million Instagram followers, are also key influencers.
“Recently Kylie had a set of different shades of pink on her nails which we then replicated many times at our Cockburn Central and Subiaco salons,” Schaper says.
“Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore came to our salon when she was visiting Perth, and after she uploaded a photo of her nails onto her Instagram, the next day our phone ran hot with people booking in for ‘Charlotte nails’.”
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Australian Nail Academy education manager Leita Schmiedte says CND RESCUE RXx Daily Keratin Treatment is highly effective daily in helping repair damaged nails thanks to keratin protein and conditioning jojoba oil.
“It helps to strengthen damaged and weakened natural nails that have been harmed by environmental or mechanical trauma (and) will help stop the perpetuation of further delamination and/or splitting,” she says.
Looking after your cuticles is also vital for healthy nails.
“Solaroil Nail & Cuticle Care is a super-penetrating formula (that) conditions skin and nails,” Schmiedte says. “Jojoba oil helps carry vitamin E into skin to help reduce visible signs of ageing. Naturally light oils keep skin soft and supple.”