Team HAIR spoke to O.P.I Global Educator Chelsea Baart to know more about the hottest nail trends and her views on the Indian nail industry.
What are the current nail trend favourites?
I’m loving the metallic and glitter trend right now. Finding new and creative ways to incorporate chromes and glitters into a manicure is as fun as it is challenging!
Since the Indian wedding season is here, what nail trends do you recommend for brides and bridesmaids?
For brides and bridesmaids, I would suggest our classic O.P.I red shades like Malaga Wine or Big Apple Red, specially for the more traditional bride. If you like a bit of shimmer, then I’m Not Really A Waitress is my personal favourite. For a more modern bride, I would suggest softer pastel colours and glitters such as Bubble Bath, Be There in a Prosecco, Worth a Pretty Penne, and Glitzerland.
India is slowly coming up with exclusive nail bars and nail services are more popular than ever before. What do you have to say about it?
I think it’s great and I’m excited to see what the future holds for the nail technicians in India since there is so much bright and beautiful inspiration to be found here.
What can you advice for good nail care?
I suggest weekly or bi-weekly manicures at home or in the salon, daily cuticle oil, and avoiding overexposure to water and cleaning agents that can dry out your skin and nails. I highly recommend the O.P.I Cuticle Oil, a great nourishing product that keeps the cuticles moisturised and healthy!
How do you come up with nail designs? Do you have any particular favourites?
Nail art is my passion. I love that it has the ability to tell a story, to evoke a feeling, to be customised for the wearer, or to just be silly and fun for no particular reason. The client can choose how subtle or bold she would like to be with her nail art and can change her look frequently to reflect her mood or to coordinate with an event. When designing trends, I factor in all of these things, and then begin designing something. Sometimes, I draw inspiration from fabrics, jewellery or even a location. I think florals are my favourite to work with, because they can evoke any mood. They can be soft and feminine, or loud and bright; they can even be dark and moody. They can remind you of that special someone, or mean absolutely nothing at all.
What’s the next big thing in the nail industry that you’re looking forward to?
I think the nail industry is everevolving and constantly innovating. I’m very excited to see what comes next because the possibilities are endless. I think we will continue to see new innovations in the enhancements category, specifically with gel and hybrid nails