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Winter & Christmas Nail Trends

In this week’s blog we’re going to take a look at some festive upcoming nail design ideas and the most on-trend colours to wear this season, as well as tips and advice on the best ways to care for your nails as the cold weather starts to set in. 

Winter nail colours to watch

The festive season is one of the most popular times of the year for manicures. Everyone wants their nails looking good for Christmas, so expect to be getting super busy over the next few weeks! Not sure where to start with colour recommendations? Perhaps the most obvious one is a classic red, the perfect colour for Christmas! For a bit of extra sparkle, why not add a red glitter polish on top?! If you’re looking for the perfect one, The Manicure Company have just released their brand new Limited Edition Xmas Edition, featuring Naughty List, the most perfect red glitter polish we’ve ever seen!

Another wintery colour with a Christmassy feel to it is dark green. We love this forest green set of nails from, complete with glitter to give it that extra sparkle! If your clients usually go for something more muted and understand, white with a hint of gold is a great winter colour combo too. Or, if they want something with a bit more of a party feel, why not suggest an ombre glitter look? These coffin nails by @nailsbysab on Instagram are ticking all the boxes for us! 


Festive Christmas nail designs

There are endless possibilities for seasonal themed nail art at this time of year. Some of our favourite ideas for simpler designs include stars, candy canes, strings of Christmas lights and baubles. Or, if you love nail art and are confident in creating more complex designs, why not try snowmen, elves, Christmas trees, little Santas or even reindeer painted on the tip of the nail? 

One of our favourite designs we’ve come across is this cute present/wrapping paper combo from We love that they’ve used such festive colours too! The present design is really easy to recreate, even if nail art isn’t your strongest point. You could even add nail gems to the centre of the bow to make it that little bit extra!


Our ultimate favourite festive nail designs have to be the two below, brought to us by @drybylondon. The first design is this set of nude nails with white snowflakes and a hint of silver foiling. The second, a deep blue with an intricate silver snowflake. Not only are they festive and wintery, they’re super chic and perfect for any festive occasion. They’re giving us all the Christmassy feels!  

These designs can be created using regular nail polish or with gel polish if your clients want a longer lasting manicure. If you’ve not used gel polish before or want to strengthen your skills, why not consider one of our training courses? Our The Manicure Company Gel Polish Course is only £75 + VAT and covers theory (health and safety as well as anatomy of the nail), application and removal of gel polish. 


How to take care of nails in winter

With winter comes cold weather which can leave your hands, nails and cuticles feeling dry and irritated. If you can, make sure you’re booked in for regular manicures throughout the season to ensure your nails and hands stay well looked after and don’t suffer any damage. If you don’t have the time to do this (or the funds - this time of year can be particularly expensive!) there are many other ways to care for your hands and nails.

Our products of choice are cuticle oil and hand and nail cream. The OPI Pro Spa range is a particular favourite of ours. The OPI ProSpa Protect Hand Nail Cuticle Cream comes in a handy 50ml size you can keep in your handbag, as well as a larger 236ml tube which you can use on your manicure clients. It’s the same with their OPI ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil. They do a little 7.5ml tube to keep with you on the go, as well as a 28ml bottle for use in your salon/on your clients. 


Feeling inspired to create some Christmassy nail designs? Tag us in your Instagram posts @capitalhair and we’ll share our favourites!