Summer 2020 Manicure Trends to Watch

Spring salon closures due to the coronavirus pandemic left your fingernails and cuticles in rough shape, despite your best efforts to keep them moisturized and tidy. It’s finally time to let the pros beautify your hands with a manicure at one of our Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas locations in Lewis Center, Pickerington, Hilliard, and more.

Your first manicure in months should be eye-catching and worthy of envy, so why not try one of these Summer 2020 manicure trends?

Metallic and Glitter Manicures

Silver, gold, rose gold, and glitter of all shades are trending this summer. Shimmering nails sparkle and shine in the summer sun, and look absolutely stunning, especially when paired with stackable rings and gemstones in varied shades. This cohesive metallic look can be dressed up for date night or summer weddings, or dressed down with your favorite denim and sandals as you run errands or enjoy a backyard cookout.

Metallic polishes and glitter trick the eye into thinking your natural nails are longer than they are because they reflect the light, and they also look incredible on acrylic manicured nails, too. Choose all one color for every nail, or mix and match colors and glitter texture for a unique look.

Pastel Nail Polish

Pastels can be sophisticated if you draw your inspiration for your color palette from the right places. Instead of thinking of pastel colors as only being for babies or springtime, use hues inspired by a summer garden party on an elegant veranda or lanai.

Think of lush table centerpieces featuring pale pink peonies, the light green of dusty miller leaves, and washed-out blues and purples of hydrangea blossoms. What about the color of swimming pool water, and the shades of green in a tree’s reflection in it? Take your inspiration from nature when you’re picking your pastels, and your manicure will never be mistaken for an Easter egg.

Warm Nail Colors

Summer is hot, hot, hot in Ohio, and your nails should be smoldering, too! Warm colors like oranges, reds, and yellows will be very popular this summer and make a bold statement.

Go for a classic manicure with all your nails a single color, or vary your polish colors and choose two or three warm hues that work together. Need color inspiration? Think of fresh citrus fruits, campfires, and the sun. Avoid over-done shades like fire-engine red to stay on-trend.

Cool Nail Colors

On the opposite side of the spectrum, cool colors in deeper shades are going to be equally popular this season, specifically green or blue hues. For these colors, you’ll want to take inspiration from things like crystal clear lakes, blueberries, and lustrous leaves.

Stick with bold colors that won’t look washed out, choosing the shades with the most pigment over those with a dustier, autumnal tone. No olive greens or navy blues here; look for royal blue, kelly green, and other colors for your summer manicure. Consider the Pantone 2020 color of the year, classic blue!

Matte-Finish Manicures

Your Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas nail technician will always complete your manicure with a topcoat to protect the finish of your nails and keep your polish looking fresh for longer. A topcoat is important for preventing chips, but it also can change the whole look of your manicure, depending on which topcoat you choose.

This summer, try something new and request a matte topcoat. A matte topcoat dries without the typical sheen of a glossy topcoat, leaving a more denim, seaglass or suede-like finish on your nails. A matte topcoat is an unexpected twist that changes the look of your nails, elevating them to a new level of sophistication, while still looking completely casual when you need them to be.

1980s Throwback Manicures

This summer’s best fashions are influenced by the styles of the 1980s and 1990s. Kick it old school with a matching manicure. This summer, expect nail decals to make a big comeback, along with nail art in various patterns and geometric figures.

Avoid looking too dated by choosing a modern nail shape to complement your polish choices -- no wide, squared tips for this style.

Negative Space Manicures

This trend uses your natural nail color as the background for your manicure. Polish in the color of your choice is applied in a pattern, like stripes, swirls, or an outline of your nail, but much of your nail is covered with clear polish only. This creates the look of “negative space,” an art term for the space around the main subject of the piece. In this case, your main subject is whatever design is applied to your nail with the colored polish.

Negative space manicures look fantastic on both your natural nail and full sets, but we’re partial to the look achieved with the natural nail only, for a consistent natural shade in the negative space.

Powder Dip Manicures

Respect the dip! Looking for a long-lasting manicure? Choose a powder dip manicure at Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas. Unlike a gel manicure or shellac manicure, a dip powder manicure does not require UV light to harden. Your color comes from dipping your nails into a pigmented powder instead of painting on your shellac of choice. Because the color is not spread on your nails with a brush, the finished result is a flawless, even coat of color.

Powder dip manicures can last even longer than some gels, up to a full month of wear. It’s the perfect choice for your summer wedding and honeymoon, for example, as you can enjoy the full duration of both with a manicure that looks as perfect as it did on the day you left the salon.

Ohio Manicures by Appointment

Make an appointment today for a gorgeous new manicure or pedicure at one of the Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas locations around central Ohio. Our nail technicians in Polaris, New Albany, Mill Run, Worthington, Taylor Square, and Kingsdale are ready to help you achieve trendy nail looks, or give you a classic mani pedi, just in time for summer.

Besides making your hands and feet look beautiful, our professional manicures include massage, which improves circulation and blood flow. Nail services also provide deep moisture for your skin and help to alleviate stress as you relax in our tranquil environment.

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