Having a perfectly manicured nail in a color will always be chic, but getting your basic manicure isn’t going to cut it these days. Japanese nail art is an increasingly popular trend and has really taken off in Los Angeles. These specialty nail salons are popping up on every street corner, making this style easily accessible to everyone, not just celebrities.
The talent of these nail technicians is truly astonishing. They can create any design your little heart desires with no questions asked and no falter in their confidence in delivering perfection. These manicurists are really modern day artists that create tiny masterpieces on each nail. They use metallic strips, gemstones, studs, microscopic paint brushes, nail glue, custom made gel polish, glitter, and even build custom shapes using acrylic.
The commitment to this trend is not for the faint of heart because you will need to put in the time and thought to reap the rewards. First off, you must decide on an overall theme for your nails, color scheme, and if you want all the bells and whistles, such as studs and 3-D acrylic art. Then you have to be patient and be willing to sit in the chair for an hour to hour and a half. If you can do both of these things, you can have the manicure you have always dreamed of. The only downfall is that because the nail art is usually done in conjunction with a gel manicure, you will have to commit to this design for two to three weeks and be okay with the removal process which is no picnic. It takes about twenty minutes to remove the designs and requires your nails to be soaked in acetone and wrapped in foil, then scraped off with a wooden or metal scraper.
If you can stick it out, the results are amazing and you will get compliments and Instagram pictures for days!
My favorite nail salons in LA are below and please note these services will cost $75 and up
Marie Nails http://www.marienails.com
ES Nails www.es-nail.jp/us