Your nail technician business is getting off the ground. Congratulations! As the fingernail fashionista for your customers/friends, they come to trust you for your expertise in fingernail technology. Here are four nail tech trends for the roaring 2020s to help you stand out amongst the growing competition.
1. Nail Extensions
If your clients appreciate artificial nails, they are looking for you to set them on a health journey that preserves the nail as well as lengthens it. Instant fashion nails are trendy because the service is less time-laden than traditional artificial nails with polymers and chemical bonding. One drawback can be nail thickness loss which occurs during a full set takedown or repair. Innovations in nail techniques become the method by which the market grows and with creators having more access to each other, technological disruption can happen in one click. Some trending manicure methods include:
- gel nail curing
- powder dip activation
- prefabricated nail kits
- toenail acrylics
- prosthetic fingers
2. Nail Hygiene
Sterilization and disinfection are integral parts of the beauty school curriculum the state legislature puts in place, and for good reason. Using sharp tools in a steady rotation close to the thin skin of the quick, cuticle, and nail bed can be a recipe for infection. Making use of a nail salon autoclave will aid in the sanitation of tools, like nail clippers, cuticle cutters, and callus razors without the use of chemicals. This will protect both the customer and the technician from infectious disease spreads and business insurance premium expenses.
Here’s a small investment idea to suggest to your clients that love the longer nails (from medium to extra-large): find an inexpensive nail brush with a long handle to effectively deep-clean below the nails whenever washing one’s hands.
3. Nail Art
The desire to design one’s nails is that individual’s push for self-identity. With the spontaneity of social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest as well as the virality of fashion trendsetters, new and cool nail art evolved rapidly during the aughts and the tens decades of the 21st century. Some innovations that caught onto the mainstream from inside the creator’s studio include:
- Textures like velvet, crochet, crystals
- 3D clay/acrylic figurines and charms
- Aesthetics using negative space, freehand shapes, colored tips, half-moons
- Stamping for stencil kits
- Stationery tape for straight lines
- Sponges for gradient painting
- Dotting tools for making patterns of spots
4. Nail Consciousness
For the sake of being earth-friendly, green living and carbon emission goals, we are aware of our ecological footprint in all spaces, including our leisure and pampering time. Heightened awareness of the manicure’s impact on climate change manifests in the novel product known as vegan nail polish. This varnish does not consent to animal testing nor are any of the product’s ingredients animal-based.
Moreover, in an effort to waste less and optimize more, patrons are opting for square-shaped nails that barely modify the artificial nail mold. Maintaining the integrity of this original extension means less detritus from filing into other shapes like oval, coffin, or stiletto shapes, and therefore, less waste for the land fill and your respiratory system. By maintaining the natural curve and length of the synthetic nail extension, all parties are able to make complete use of each nail tip in the salon’s supply.
Of course, there are parties removing themselves from extensions completely and going fully natural-nailed. Nude nails with no polish, buffed and filed for sheen and neatness, respectively, reflect one of the many past hand art trends.
A professional manicurist has a variety of services available and the hope of future innovations to be able to stimulate a profitable business. Overall, those services with a shorter duration as well as sustainability-centered will benefit the client as well as the technician in a symbiotic relationship.