Nail Art as a source of Joy: the many benefits of Nail Art
The world is undergoing a great amount of uncertainty with the outbreak of COV-19. With the news, social media feeds and online articles full of the latest updates, it can be an unsettling time for a lot of people. The outbreak has also had a negative financial and social impact on many industries, one of them being the nail industry.
Salons have closed and many artists have found themselves without work. Although I don’t own a salon or operate full-time job as an artist, nail art is a huge source of joy for me, so I can understand how difficult this time must be. I want this blog to be a place where I can share my thoughts, ideas and hopefully make a difference to others. One way is by emphasising the benefits of nail art in hopes that anyone can add a fun and relaxing activity into their lives.
A lot of people may be missing out on the salon experience, but nail art can be done from the comfort of your own home. People may see nail art as a superficial act, but to me (and I’m sure many others can agree) getting your nails done or painting someone else’s nails done can be a great way to wind down after a long day, enhance your creativity and develop your patience. A time I really fell in love with nail art was during my A-Level exam period. It was a really stressful time and taking a break from studying to do something to refocus my energy and unwind really helped me deal with my stress and anxiety.
What are the benefits of nail art?
For those who do not typically paint their own nails, nail art can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, but the key is to start small and find the joy in it. Begin with your favourite shade and start playing around with patterns and shapes.
- There are no ‘rules’ to follow – you can add as much imagination as you want, go crazy with patterns or do something simple. One of the main benefits of nail art is that the choice is completely yours. Take the classic French Manicure, for example, this style has been completely altered over the past few years.
- Quality alone time – this may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s a great way to spend time alone and connect with yourself whilst doing something fun. For me, when I’m painting my nails, it gives me a chance to clear my head and forget about the 101 things on my mind.
- Personal achievement – there are some nail techniques that can take some time to master. Giving yourself a goal to work towards and seeing your progress over time can be so rewarding and satisfying when you finally nail (pun intended) a technique. I gave myself a challenge of trying out nail art techniques with my right hand (I’m a leftie) and it definitely took me a while to master (in fact I’m still working towards this) but this is just one of the many ways nail art has helped me feel a sense of achievement.
- Planning your next nail design gives you a buzz – I always get inspiration from the most random places e.g. I could see a pattern on a shirt someone is wearing whilst on the bus and think to myself ‘that would be really cool as nail art’. I travelled to Miami a few years ago and was inspired by the colours and patterns of the city. This led to me creating the Nail Art Travel series, and now whenever I go on holiday, I always look for ways to turn what I have observed into a nail art design.
Tips for getting started with nail art
- Start small. Don’t force yourself to tackle the intense designs on your first try. It’s all about patience.
- Don’t compare yourself to artists who have been doing nail art for a lot longer. Go at your own pace. Enjoy the process as you learn and grow.
- Use online resources. You can check out a range of tutorials on my blog and there are many great nail art tutorials available on YouTube.
COVID-19 shouldn’t stop nail artists from continuing to express themselves and create. Although we might not be able to display our designs out in the world, we can always enjoy them ourselves and share our progress online. I’m aiming to be more active on my Instagram where I’ll be sharing some nail art tips, designs and just anything that really inspires me or makes me laugh. Follow me here www.instagram.com/nailunheard
I hope you enjoyed this post and it can offer some guidance to anyone who is looking for some inspiration or a new activity to take part in during this time.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all stay safe.
Lots of love,