Nail Fashion Takes a Sharp Turn from Classic Styles


By Kathleen Smith

Rihanna- Nails

They are long, pointy and look more like a weapon of mass destruction than a fashion accessory – something more suitable for Catwoman than every woman. Yet despite the possible risk to humanity, they have become the newest trend in fashion.

When you turn the pages of InStyle magazine, you will spot them adorning the runway models during Fashion Week. They have many names from stiletto to almond to pointed to claw, but regardless, these nails have pierced the hearts of fashionistas everywhere and are quickly becoming a fashion staple.

Pointed nails are a trend many try through do-it-yourself projects. Gillian Walsh at Sally Beauty Supply in Shawnee, Kan., says the girls wearing them are about 22 to 30 years old and turn to Pinterest and how-to videos for pointed nail ideas. They then come to Sally’s to buy the acrylic nails, polish and clippers to make the sharp look.

Most of the girls are edgy or into fashion and want to wear a daring manicure. Despite having a nose bridge piercing, a nose ring and a large tattoo on her forearm, Walsh said she would never wear the look.

“I think they are to hard to work in. I might be edgy, but I also have a 3 year old at home,” Walsh said. “My friend Wendy wears them but she models and she’s more into fashion. She doesn’t have to get her hands dirty like me.”

You don’t have to do the nails yourself, since salons in Lawrence can achieve the pointed look for you. Tonya Wynn, a nail technician at Nail Citi, says you can get the look starting at $35. Its price is determined by how long your nails are and what polishes or appliques you may want.

Many customers go to nail salons but really don’t know the difference in the nail styles, so Tracy Meisenheimer, owner of Nails by Tracy and CND certified master nail tech, says she requests that her clients send pictures of what they want before appointments. She has been doing nails for more than 20 years and was the first artist in Kansas to do Mink, a heat-activated type of applique that has 100-plus design possibilities. She was Mink trained by Naja Rickett, the nail artist who stars on the WeTV show L.A. Hair.

Meisenheimer offers stiletto nails that are very long and narrow with a sharp point, oval almond-shaped nails that have a slight point and a kitten nail that is short, claw-like and really pointed. Most of her clients prefer the almond shape, though she often wears her nails in the long stiletto style so she can showcase the look. The stiletto costs $75 and it takes two hours to do. She must fully sculpt the nails on a nail form, place the metallic fringe on the natural nail and shape it into a point, and then add acrylic. The almond shape costs $40 for a normal length and $60 for a long length. It is made from nail tips and then shaped before acrylic.

“This type of nail can be for everyone,” Meisenheimer said. “Most of my clients wear the shorter almond or kitten nail style. You just have to figure out what length you are comfortable in and be a little daring.”


Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo by David Sims for Vogue magazine