“Collage of Acrylic Nails from Ella Navarro” (Photography by Lola Chiarella)
“Collage of Acrylic Nails from Ella Navarro” (Photography by Lola Chiarella)

Why Acrylic Nails Are in Right Now

June 6, 2023

Acrylic nails have been a part of history for thousands of years, and are still a popular fashion today. Artificial nails originated from Egyptian women who would get long nails as a symbol of healthy living and wealth; they were often worn with diamonds and other intricate designs that represented a person’s wealth. These nails were also often thought to bring good luck. 

How Do Acrylic Nails Work?

Acrylic nails are applied with a paint-like brush that is dipped in liquid monomer and then lightly brushed with acrylic nail powder that comes in many colors. Then, the brush and nail powder is then applied to the nail base with light strokes. The nail powder process continues to dry out, and that is when the shaping, filing, and buffing come into the process.

Once at the desired shape and length, the selected nail color and design come into play. The designs can be personalized in many ways, much like ancient times when they had symbols and jewels to represent that person’s social status and livelihood.

Modern-day acrylics have been a trend since the late 20th century and are even worn by famous music artists. They are very popular with the younger population today. Some famous music artists and stars of today who wear acrylics are Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and the reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

These famous people have been known to have stunningly long nails, and these celebrities often influence their fans to try acrylics as well. One of the main reasons why acrylic nails are so popular among the younger generation is because of these influencers and the way they can bring out a person’s personality through color, length, and design. 

Huntington Beach High School Sophomore, Sam Sobel, said, “I love the way they make me feel powerful and [can] speak out to me by the custom design prints and colors.”

Acrylic nails go way back and have been growing more and more popular over the years thanks to influencers, and hopefully they will still continue their legacy of creating a culture of fabulous nails and unique style.

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