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The change in season from autumn to winter often sees clients move to more festive nail shades as we approach Christmas – and that’s no different this year. Red and glitter are expected to be the most popular winter nail shades by 57% and 50% of you respectively, although the French tip – one of summer 2022’s most popular revival trends – still makes an appearance at 14%.

One of the great things about being a nail tech is the huge variety of work you can do, and training in new skills is a great way to stay interested in the profession.

When we asked which area you were most interested in training in next, 35% of you said gel nails, with the next most popular answer nail art (32%), then e-filing (19%).

Only 38% currently offer nail art, suggesting that there could be a niche in the market for nail techs looking to expand into this area. To get your work noticed, read how to take the best nail pictures on page 44.

On the spot

Which nail shades do you think will be most popular with clients this winter?

1. Reds (57%)

2. Glitter (50%)

3. Black (32%)

4. Purples (29%)

5. Metallic (21%)

6. Browns (21%)

7. French (14%)

8. Greens (12%)

9. Blues (7%)

Which area of nail skills are you most interested in training in next?

1. Gel nails (35%)

2. Nail art (32%)

3. E-file (19%)

4. Builder gel (9%)

5. Full cover tips (3%)

6. Sculpting with acrylic (2%)

38% offer nail art

Month in numbers

How did nail treatment business in September 2022 compare with September 2021?

How did nail retail business in September 2022 compare with September 2021?

75 nail treatments performed on average per week in September

METHODOLOGY Insider is compiled from a monthly survey of spas and beauty salons. The people who participated represent a cross-section of the industry and were polled by email from October 3 to October 10, regarding business for the month to September 30. Nail business for the Insider Nails page was calculated from data provided by salons that offer nail services among other treatments. The figures given represent the average score for each answer. Brands are ranked when mentioned by several respondents.

This article appears in November 2022

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