couple of decades ago, designers and style gurus turned their attention
towards previously uncharted territory: nails. Their new playground
offered endless room for creativity. From manicures and pedicures
to nail art and fake nails, the possibilities for creativity were
limitless. Thus the journey began. Technology came along and provided
them the tools for expanding their craft, and the fashion world was
never the same again. Today you have dozens of options for dressing
up your nails, literally at your fingertips, if you'll excuse the
craze has hit Bangladesh too. French manicure, stick-on gems, nail
piercing and even nail tattoos; plain seems to be passé these
days. So let's take a look at a few ways you can have fun with nails.
first words that pop into mind when talking about nails is 'manicure'.
A manicure involves removing any existing nail varnish, then soaking
the hands in a warm solution of shampoo, water and a dash of hydrogen
peroxide. This softens the hand and cleans the skin. The nails are
then scrubbed with a special brush, and then pared, shaped and buffed
as necessary. When the same procedure is followed on the feet, it
is called a pedicure. Manicures and pedicures keep our nails clean,
and our hands and feet looking healthy and presentable. They're also
French Manicure is a little different. It involves the same process
as a normal manicure. The cleaned and shaped fingernails are then
painted with a 'base' colour, and the nail tips are painted white.
A coat of clear varnish completes the look. "The purpose of the
French Manicure is to make the nails look longer, cleaner and more
elegant," says beautician Sadia Moyeen of Labelle. "It's
a classic look that's timelessly fashionable, and will never go out
of style, because of its minimalistic sophistication. It goes with
anything you may choose to wear." French Manicure at Labelle
costs around Tk 250.
someone who's pressed for time and needs to get the nails looking
shiny and clean, or someone who doesn't want to use nail polish, they
can opt for Nail Shine, which basically involves brushing the nails
with a special brush until they have a nice sheen to them.
experts stirring up new colours for every season, new shades of nail
polish are constantly arriving at the market. Somewhere along the
line, somebody got bored with monochromatic nails, and started experimenting,
and nail art came into being. It is now possible to get nail tattoo,
which come with two or three different colours of nail polish, as
well as a brush for applying the colour, and a stylus for painting
on the designs. You can check at the malls, or get them done at a
parlour. Geeti's, at Nayapaltan offers these amazing nail tattoos.
You can also have them done at Labelle, where they use fabric paint
instead of nail polish to give your nails a neat texture. These cost
anything between Tk 50-200, depending on your preferences, and the
number of nails you want to paint. Before you jump in for one of those,
there are also other options available there.
got earrings for your ears, rings for both your fingers and toes,
necklaces, wristlets, bracelets, anklets, bangles; jewellery for every
part of your body…including nails. That's right. One of the new trends
abroad that's slowly making an entry here is the fad for nail piercing.
A drill machine is used to make a tiny perforation on your nail, where
you can hang pretty little rings and baubles. Sounds painful? It isn't,
not a bit. "You don't even feel the kind of pressure you feel
when cutting nails," promises beautician Geeti Billah of Geeti's.
All nail treatments at Geeti's are within the price range of Tk 150-250.
less adventurous can opt for stick-on nail tattoos and little gems
not unlike the stick-on bindis that are so popular these days. There's
no limit to what you can do with them. Well, almost. When asked about
acrylic nails and nail extension, Geeti Billah warns us, "Well,
I have the training to do them, but I would not advise it, because
in our local climate, it is very easy to pick up infections from these
acrylic nails. Especially because we use our hands for everything,
from eating to washing clothes and dishes."
are some basic nail-care steps to remember for both men and women
when it comes to nail care. Never file nails when wet, because they
are soft and can split. Never expose hands to extreme temperatures.
Always cream your hands well. Not wearing colour on your nails is
not a major fashion faux pas. Not sporting clear polish might just
be, though. Never cut cuticles. It is an unhealthy habit, and the
reason why cuticles recede and tend to get puffy. Just push them back
gently when nails are wet. People living in warm countries are more
likely to have nicer nails than their counterparts living in the colder
regions. Why? Because the sun brings out the natural oils! So go ahead
and soak in on vitamin D-inducing sunshine to restore nail health.
Keep nails nice and moist to keep them from chipping and cracking.
If you have short fingers, give your nails a round shape to give the
illusion of longer fingers. If on the other hand, your fingers and
nails are slim, then shape them square, but with rounded edges. Oval
is a shape that suits all fingers and nails, except the very thin
ones. Lastly, trends will come and trends will go, but don't pick
one up just because it's all the rage. Being stylish is all about
wearing what looks good on you, so if a particular trend isn't 'you',
just drop it.
season, experts have gone wild with tinted clear varnish, metallic
colours, and shimmery shades. Pink is still very in. Nail art is very
popular amongst the younger people, and as long as there are fancy
weddings to go to, nail gems and stick-on stones are very, very trendy.
Just book an appointment with your favourite beautician and let your
imagination run wild.
DIY tips and tricks you can try at home:
Monochrome is so old school. This season is all about colour, pattern
and texture. So arm yourself with a couple of different shades of
nail polish, and let the battle begin!
Apply a base coat of one solid colour. Allow it to dry, and then apply
a coat of polish in a different shade or a totally different colour.
a solid colour base, and then top it off with something shimmery or
with stripes of two or more different colours.
the Reverse French Manicure. Paint the base a light colour, and use
a bright colour for the tips.
Sabrina F Ahmad
With thanks to Geeti Billah of Geeti's, and Sadia Moyeen of Labelle
Special thanks to Farzana Shakil for arranging the photo shoot
Photo: Zahedul I. Khan