We love acrylic nail extensions. We love coffin nails, oval nails and even squoval nails. We love nail art, ombre nails, neon nails and even 3D nails. But if lockdown has taught us anything where our nails are concerned, it’s that short nails are awesome.
During the eleven-week closure of nail salons across the country, many of us were forced to give up our regular manicures and of course, our professional nail extensions with them. While we may have initially lamented the change, many have grown to love our natural nails and while we will absolutely be booking in for our manicures as of today (yay!), we might not rush back to extreme acrylics.
“You don’t have to have long nails to look good,” says Juanita Huber-Millet, founder of London nail salon Townhouse. “Short nails paired with bold colours or nail art can look incredible.”
Aside from looking great, short nails are also far more hygienic, which is helpful when we are all trying ward off harmful viruses including COVID-19. “Long nails are a perfect hideout for pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, that get trapped under there,” says Dr Soma, expert dermatologist. “I also recommend clear polish or translucent finishes on nails. This allows us to be able to see when our nails are dirty and serves as a visual reminder to wash our hands.”
Juanita agrees: “Our customers are leaning more towards natural beauty and trends. Everyone is very health conscious and it’s affected the way we want to wear our nails. Plus, short nails are chic, professional and stylish.”
With that in mind, here are the expert approved ways to make the most out of short nails…
TAKE CARE OF CUTICLES
The short nail trend is all about having healthy nails – and that applies to your cuticles, too. Make sure you keep the skin around your nail bed moisturised with a nourishing cuticle oil (especially if you’re using a lot of hand sanitiser).
In line with the natural look, opt for a rounded, oval shape to nails. A great nail file like the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File will help you achieve a smooth finish.
EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS AND PATTERNS
Dramatic or experimental nail art designs will still look demure on short nails, so it’s worth letting your artistic side free. “Dark reds and blacks look very chic on short nails, but natural pinks and nudes also look beautiful,” says Juanita. “We love delicate, negative space nail art and colour pops for designs on short nails, too.”