Before your next over-the-top mani, read what this writer has to say about the trend.
Rebecca Faye, owner of Hello Beautiful Salon in Brooklyn, N.Y., which some would consider ground zero for flamboyant nail design (its resident nail artist, Naomi Yasuda, has worked with Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson and Katy Perry, and maintains a three-week waiting list for appointments), says that recent client requests for manicures have incorporated chains, spiky points, half-moons, actual money, and detailed re-creations of famous paintings—all hand-drawn.
I do marvel at the artistry—and, often, the punk rock spirit—of the really subversive designs being created by top nail artists right now, but I'm still not even slightly tempted to get on the mani bandwagon.
For some women, the weekly manicure with friends has become a bonding and pampering ritual. As the mother of a toddler, I understand how restorative a weekly beauty fix can be. But getting a cheapie massage feels much more decadent than having someone dig the dirt out from under my nails. Sure, a good rubdown isn't usually something you share with friends, but I get my friend fix via long lunches, dinner parties and happy hour meet-ups. Beauty, I do alone.
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