5 Nail Trends to Nail in 2022 – Universal Pro Nails

5 Nail Trends to Nail in 2022

Nails give us a unique ability to express ourselves without having to say a word. After two long, isolating pandemic years, we anticipate your guests will be capitalizing on this form of self-expression through nail care. We've gathered five trends mentioned by premier fashion sources, such as Allure, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue, to give you a heads-up on designs and textures your clients may be vibing with this year.


1. Multi-Colored Nails

So long are the days of monochromatic nails (for the most part!). Wow your guests by coming up with multiple sets of complementary colors to use during their service. Here are some examples to help you get started.

Recreate this look:

CND Vinylux in Blush Teddy, Pink Pursuit, Poetry, Pacific Rose, and Irreverent Rose

2. The Naked Manicure

Nail health is one of the hottest trends in nails this year. Hand, foot, and nail care are integral to your clients’ wellness regimens. A naked manicure highlights the health and wellness of your clients’ natural nails and offers limited maintenance on both hands and feet. Consider adding anti-aging and moisturizing hand and foot treatments to your menu of additional service and retail options.

Recreate this look:

Add-ons They’ll Love:

Home Care They’ll Want:

A beautiful polish-free manicure by @4restbeautybar

3. Metallic & Matte Nails

We’re going to see a lot of shiny metallic and smooth matte nails this year (and maybe a mixture of both!) These two contrasting textures work extremely well together to make your guests’ nails pop!

Recreate this look by @manicuresbymickey with OPI Rub-a-Pub-Pub

4. Personalization

In the age of customized everything, nails are no exception. You can expect to be asked for a lot of free-form, one-of-a-kind designs this year that will help your guests express themselves.  

Rainbow gradient nails by @nailzbycind

5. Baby Boomer Nails

By blending light to dark in a unique gradient, ombre nails give your guests the best of both worlds!

Recreate your own Baby Boomer manicure with CND Shellac in Bare Chemise and Cream Puff, with CND Education Tutorial. Inspiration from @winnieisawesome

To learn more about these trends or to read the articles we consulted, visit Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Allure.


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