The season’s shades flirt with variations of rocks and reds.
“For fall we’re seeing a melange of with tarnished metals and burnt berries predominating,” reveals Jan Arnold, president of Creative Nails Design based in Vista, California. “Shades are bursting with saturated colour.”
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice-president and artistic director of OPI Products in North Hollywood, California, says fall’s new vivid shades look perfect paired with the season’s new fashion neutral-grey.
“Reds, sumptuous purples and warm burgundies all look great with grey,” Weiss-Fischmann enthuses. “These shades also emulate the multitude of shades found in the turning leaves of fall.”
Also big news for fall is the return to the natural nail, appealing to those who prefer the look of their natural assets. Inge Hatheway, president of Light Concept Nails Canada, based in Edmonton, Alberta, suggests introducing these clients to gel overlays. Coated with three coats of resin-each layer cured under a UV light-plus a high gloss top coat, nails are encased in a hard, slightly flexible, protective shield. Hatheway says nails can be polished, or left bare for a sexy, natural look.
“Polish stays on nails longer because it’s being applied to a non-porous surface that doesn’t produce oils,” Hatheway reveals. “Manicures can last up to three weeks.”
David Springham, owner of Edmonton’s Canadian Nail Source, distributor of Star Nail Products, says overlays require the same maintenance as extensions. Nails should be filled every three to four weeks, but if the overlay chips, it should be removed with a buffer, then replaced.
“Gels are a great way to increase your profits, without added work,” Springham explains. “Instead of charging $20 for a manicure, you can now charge $40. You can also draw more business by promoting natural nail care services- only two per cent of women actually wear extensions, leaving a whopping 98 per cent to tap into.”