Always wanted to try 3D nail art but hesitated due to concerns about short nails, daily dishwashing, and playing the viola.
Influenced by textured manicures of favorite celebrities like Lizzo and Megan Fox, sparking a desire to experiment with 3D designs.
Overcoming the assumption that long nails are a prerequisite for 3D art, decided to give it a shot and booked an appointment at Akiko Nails in NYC's Chinatown.
Discovered that 3D nail art originated in South Korea and Japan, influenced by the Harajuku fashion movement, providing a new dimension to nail creativity.
Rather than choosing from a swatch book, engaged in a personalized consultation with nail artist Isa Rodriguez, discussing preferred styles, colors, and inspirations.
Emphasized the importance of embracing the unique styles and techniques of individual nail artists, discouraging clients from copying exact designs.
Learned that the creative process involves a basic gel manicure using Presto gel pots, with additional steps like using black polish and chrome powder to enhance the design.
Explored the choice of building 3D manicures directly on natural nails, understanding the importance of maintaining healthy nails for lasting results.
Expect appointments to last a minimum of one hour, with prices ranging from $75 to $300 based on the complexity of the chosen design.
Discovered the longevity of professional 3D manicures, lasting up to three weeks, with essential care tips. Highlighted the importance of professional removal to prevent damage.