Shaping natural nails in the 5 most popular salon shapes… and what are those shapes?
Well for me in the salon they were…
Squoval, Round, Oval, Almond, and Coffin!
Now when shaping natural nails, you’ll want to make sure that you use nothing coarser than a 180 grit board file. As much as possible use an emery board or a ~200 grit nail file. Using gentle grit files will keep the natural nails from splitting. Not only do splitting nails become weak but also cause your nail polish or gel to chip.
Popular Shape #1 Squoval
I would say that over the years the square shape has evolved. While a few may still like a straight edge and sharp corners many do not, and this may have naturally led the way to the rise of the squoval shape.
So what is the squoval shape? Let’s start first by defining what it is not, so that you know what to avoid when creating the look. The squoval shape is not a square nail with rounded edges. That will indeed simply be a Square. Round. Nail.
The squoval nail is squared on its side walls and has more of a narrow tapering off into the free-edge, and that edge is prouncedly rounded. And yes there still are corners but they are pushed in so that in the day-to-day impact of things it is that rounded edge that makes contact with the world and not the corners.
Ok, so let’s take a long almond nail and turn it squoval. First let’s get rid of the point and length.
So to shape natural nails into a squoval shape round off the free edge significantly, and all you have to do to keep an uniform shape is to give your file an angle. Because you are using a soft grit nail file, going back and forth occasionally will be ok. But when working on your sides do try your best to file in one direction.
You can slightly curve your file in, to soften the corners a tad but your goal is not to completely round them off.
Popular Shape #2 Round
So if we take a look at this plastic nail tip, we’ll notice that it is actually the perfect shape of round. So we’re actually going to use it as a guide to create the perfect round natural nail ourselves. Ready? Let’s do this.
Let’s start by cutting it straight.
Then we’re actually going to turn it squoval using everything we learned just a little while ago.
The biggest change is going to be actually curving the corners we lightly feathered in our squoval shape… and then just like that we’ll end up with that beautiful rounded shape.
Popular Shape #3 Oval
Ok, this is for those considering a point to their nails but still on the fence. This is my favorite shape.
Use your rounded edge nail clipper to cut the sides of the natural nail. Be very diligent not to go in to deep with your file into the walls of the skin.
For oval you’ll want to avoid creating a super pointy free-edge. We’re living that for our next popular shape, the almond.
Now marry your sidewall corners to the free-edge. Be gentle, let the file do the work for you. Go in one direction. If you do, before you know it you’ll have that oval shape. Again it is my favorite.
Popular Shape #4 Almond
Ok, I first got really curious of this nail on my natural nails in 2012. I really thought I wanted this point, but soon committed more to the oval shape. This one here is still super edgy.
You’ll need to cut the sides of this nail to get to the shape quicker. Before we were using rounded nail clippers, but you’ll notice the curve is limiting as to how deep of a V-shape or triangle we can create on this free edge. So now that we will be cutting in more, you will want to switch over to using nail nippers. They will also keep you from creating ingrowns on the side of these nails. They can be super painful.
When creating an almond nail, you are essentially cutting the free-edge into a triangle. From there you simply shape up to an almond. This one is super easy, I think once cut out the natural nails free-edge, you’re home free.
Just very very important not to dig your file into the natural nail sidewalls or you can risk detaching the natural nails from the nail bed or again, digging that corner in.
Popular shape #5 Coffin
For this shape on natural nails you will definitely need some length. Too short and they are almost too strange looking.
Also for this shape, you most definitely will need your nail nippers for precision.
To start, square off the free edge of the natural nail, then taper the sides in. It is better to leave wider. Do not exactly cut the nails to the coffin shape as you may accidentally cut off too much from one side.
And seriously once you’ve trimmed the natural nails all around like so, you’re home free!
And there you have it the 5 popular salon shapes for natural nails. I hope you found the video super easy to follow.
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