Why Are People Hanging Things From Their Nails?

So, you want a new manicure, huh? Sure, you could go for the classic French, have a yeehaw moment with cow print nails, or create a D.I.Y. moment with Harry Styles’ favorite nail trend, but do any of these really suffice your maximalist tendencies?


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Of course not. You need something bigger, bolder, and semi-incapacitating. Enter: nail charms. No, no; not the kind of acrylic butterflies and roses that laid across nails—we’re talking giant, dangling trinkets and chains that could only be withstood by the strongest fingers.



This intense trend has been around for a while (cc: Janet Jackson circa 2006), but it’s been brought to the forefront of nail salons across the globe thanks to the work of celebrity nail artist Mei Kawajiri, whose extreme nail rendition on Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” aesthetic went viral. Kawajiri is the O.G. expert at the trend, but other artists have taken on the style for some major-name clients: For this year’s Met Gala, celebrity nail stylist Mar y Soul created a kitschy play on burgers, fries, and other trinkets for Elle Fanning’s look.



Fanning isn’t the only celeb who’s had fun with this look. Last year, Kim Kardashian also experimented with the trend by piercing her nails with modest gold hoops.


Need some more inspiration to show to your nail tech? Here’s some more of our favorite plays on this trend.



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