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When it comes to nail predictions for 2022, it’s hard to, well, nail them down! That’s because in a post-pandemic culture, trends are very much led by social media and celebrity looks, as well as influential nail techs. While the catwalk will always influence what your clients are after, by staying in touch with what’s happening on Instagram and TikTok, you could open up a whole new world when it comes to inspiration. Check out just some of our current fave nail techs.

#1: Harriet Westmoreland
When you talk about influential nails, Harriet Westmoreland is the name on everyone’s lips. From celebs such as Zendaya and Rochelle Humes, Harriet has taken the nail world by storm with her super chic and simple nail manicures that put the focus back on healthy-looking nails and hands. 

#2: Imarni Nails
When you think of Imarni Nails you’ll likely think of anything from dusky pink, ultra matte looks to graphic, glossy animal print and neon stilettoes. If there’s a new nail trend, it’s like Imarni or one of her celebrity clients created it.

OPI Boss Dani Bailey shares her thoughts on the blended trends of 2022.
I’ve been checking out what’s happening on the catwalks, and the top 4 trends that came through for me are:

Solar shades: think gold, bronze, amber and marigold – beautiful bright nail tones that make us think of sunshine and holidays! According to Pantone, 2022 will be about colours that bring us joy, and these definitely fit the bill.

Stiletto nails: expect lots of crystals and extreme shapes as clients want to be out more and more! You’ll also see stilettoes in classic red and black French manicures.
No-frill neutrals and sheers: this was a huge trend last year, when it was all about finding that perfect shade of pink and nude. With the rise of the super nail artists like Harriet Westmoreland (see above #1) , chic 'barely there' manis are all the rage.

Florals and bright pastels: This year’s pastels will look a little brighter, with more warm shades rather than the cool, pale ones. We’ll also see pastels being combined with bold shades giving a sense of defiance and joy.

#3: Carolina Ibrahim
When you check out @nailedbycarolina’s Instagram page it’s clear her number one obsession is colour, but in excess! So you might see a classic French manicure, but it’s going to be embellished and it’s going to feature some kind of colourful print. It’s this willingness to have fun that has had the likes of musician FKA Twigs in Carolina’s chair.

Salon System Nail Expert and Owner of Sketched by J-A, Julie-Anne Larivière shares why it’s so important to stay ahead when it comes to the nail industry.

Now more than ever, it’s harder to predict what new trends will make their way into the nail world as we are very much influenced by social media. A nail polish tech will create something and BOOM, that’s the next big thing!

This means it’s really important that anyone in the nail industry keeps a close eye on social platforms, especially Instagram, in order to stay up to date. The trends that will endure throughout 2022 include tortoiseshell, modern twists on the French manicure, stone/marble effects and mismatched nail art.
Also, negative space mixed with geometric or animal print designs and chrome finishes will be huge, as clients want to try a little bit of everything. When it comes to colours, we’ll still be seeing lots of muted nudes with pops of orange and blue.

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