The trend for Stilettos follows the nail shapes seen on the likes of Jessie J, Beyoncé and Nicole Scherzinger.
Whilst an extreme Stiletto may not be practical for everyday use, there’s no reason why you and your clients can’t reach an acceptable compromise Where style meets sensibility, sometimes referred to as a Soft or Mini Stiletto.
“Whilst making a super long Stiletto will be great for your own application skills and good fun we have to ask ourselves will our clients wear it,”advise OPI.”Mlaybe some Will, but the average client probably won‘t. If someone wants part of the action but needs to be practical, suggest a shorter version or even just wearing the severe Stiletto shape on little fingers with something slightly softer on the others.A Stiletto nail is much stronger than you would expect. The structure ofthis nail makes it completely wearable.“they add.
“In the last two years,l have seen the most popular shape change from square to oval /Almond and have a few that go for soft Stiletto in a shorter more manageable length. I tend to do shorter (Stilettos), as everyday life can be difficult with longer length Stilettosfsays nail technician Ruth Morrison.”l hope that in another two years all my clients will be wearing them!“
“We have done lots of Stiletto nails — mainly small ones but thcijrhape is very popular.l have been wearing extreme ones for a long time and l have a few clients who also have braved the length too,” adds Carol Hailstone from Glitz and Glam salon in Warrington.
“Stiletto nails are the most effective way to show nail art,“ says Dorota Palicka, who was recently crowned Scottish NailTech 2014.”ln the salon we do pointy nails, as a true Stiletto length is more for nail technicians, posters,magazine work, competitions etc.”
Jo Whittle, of JW Nails, Beauty & Training, says that sporting Stiletto nails yourselfwill help to promote theirwearability to yourclients. “These are by far my favourite shape, l wear this shape myselfancl they always get a lot of attention. “wow, look at your nails”,and “how do you do anything with them”to which l reply”it doesn’t matter the length or shape of your nails, you should treat them all like the Crown Jewels.”she says.
Jewels not tools
Kayley Cairns ofThe Nail Boutique in Billericay, Essex agrees:”The idea of Stilettos is becoming increasingly popular in my salon, however the reality is that real Stilettos are a length many people can‘t handle day-to—clay and so the majoritythat admire them usually end up opting for Almonds after consultation.l personally wear what I would call ‘Salon Stilettos‘, still long but I soften the point a little and the length isn’t quite as extreme. For me as a tech they are a great marketing tool with people often stopping me to ask about them.”
Indeed the mantra “jewels not tools certainly applies to a longer length nail,and if you are going to create Stilettos,as with any nail shape,you need to offer comprehensive after care advice.“l find that clients can think that this shape will be really hard to work with, but if you think about it, square nails have two edges that can catch and knock thingsthis shapejust has one,and often find this shape easier to work with!” says Ruth.
“Clients need to be very careful not to poke themselves. Necklaces prove to be very difficult to apply and customers may struggle to do buttons up etc,“ says lzabelle Hammon Ltd’s Yvette Christy. adding:“Due to the length, nails are under a lot more pressure and therefore may break very easily.“
Rachel Gribble also offers some words of caution.“I don’t recommend this shape for new enhancement wearers, as to create a Stiletto shape,the nail needs to be quite long already.Therefore this shape nail is only really suited to enhancement wearers who are used to having long nails,”she says.