It’s happening: nail rings are coming! Mary-Kate and/or Ashley Olsen totally predicted this trend in their short-lived magazine over 10 years ago, but now that it’s on one of the Jenner sisters, it’s safe to assume that it’s officially becoming mainstream.
The procedure is both safe and painless: the wearer’s nail is grown out past the skin and a hole is pierced through the uppermost section of that nail–usually by a professional piercer or manicurist. Jewelry for these nail piercings ranges from simple studs and small hoops to intricate charms and gems. Some nail trend fanatics are even adding a pair of piercings to a single finger, or bejeweling multiple nails. Though the piercing process itself isn’t dangerous, there are some undesirable factors linked to this form of nail art to consider: Nail cracking and splitting, snagging clothing, and the potential for the piercing to caught on something and rip through your nail. Ew. Additionally, a piercing requires strong, resilient nails, so if your nails are brittle or peel or break easily, this trend is probably not going to be your friend. If you’re set on the look but lack tough nails, however, fake nails offer up the perfect solution to tackle that problem.
So, who’s rocking the pierced nail trend besides Miss Jenner? Aside from a handful of bloggers and hordes of nail art aficionados, the look has been seen on models at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2012 show, on Betsey Johnson’s models as creative director Nonie Creme of butter LONDON adorned the girls with safety-pin-pierced nails at Fashion Week last spring, and in this Gucci sunglasses ad. Short on cash or simply a DIY diva? Naturally, there’s many a tutorial available that outline just how to pierce your own nails, and the process looks pretty simple. Of course, if you don’t want to pop a hole through one of your digits, Chanel Haute Couture outfitted their models in a myriad of tiny layered rings (that’s normal, knuckle, and nail ) at their Paris Fashion Week show this morning–so there’s that.
How do you feel about nail piercings? Would you rock a nail ring? Let me know where you stand on this trend with a comment!
Liza, Editorial Director