Nail piercing is the new trend this season

Body piercing has been hot, what with people getting their lips, chin, eyebrows, navel and other parts pierced, but one of the latest trends among city youngsters is nail piercing. Shalini Makati, who has been doing this since the last few years, says, “This has not been done in India before and now it is finally gaining popularity here.”

Who can get it done
Anyone with healthy nails can opt for this beauty trend. It is best done on acrylic or gel nails but also works on natural nails that are long and strong.

Is it harmful?
Cosmetologist Dr Jamuna Pai who has been sporting acrylic nails since a decade, says, “Getting false nails done is technically not harmful. But with years of use, your natural nail bed does become weak. But to each his own. I have been doing it for years and I do not think that piercing is harmful in any way. One just needs to carry it well and take care of it.”


The procedure
Talking about the procedure, Shalini explains, “We first paint the nail and then pierce it because once pierced, it is difficult to paint. You can then choose the jewellery that you want for your piercing.”

Time taken
This is not an elaborate procedure if you already have acrylic or gel nails. It takes around 10-15 minutes for the entire process of nail piercing.

Jewellery you can use
In Mumbai, rings are the most popular. There are also rings that have diamante, stones, and beads. Jhumka-like rings are also being picked up to match and be paired with traditional ensembles.


Keep in mind
– Never try to do nail piercing yourself at home.
– Do not use safety pins of sharp objects on your nails for piercings.
– Piercing should be done professionally at a nail salon.
– After you wear nail jewellery, you need to be careful — it should not get pulled accidentally while doing day-to-day work, otherwise the entire nail may need to be replaced.
– Nail piercings need maintenance at professional nail bars.
– Don’t let your children attempt this. It is harmful for their young and delicate nails.

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