What’s new with nails?
Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter
Several female students are taking nail styles to a new level with large collections of polish and weekly nail changes.
Lauren Brentlinger says she owns about 40 different nail polishes.
“My boyfriend’s mom owns a hair salon, so I get nail polish for Christmas and my birthday,” said Brentlinger, sophomore in family and consumer education.
In a world of designer purses, shoes and jeans, nail treatments have become the latest fashion accessories.
Brentlinger says she started getting a collection of nail polish during her senior year of high school. No more simple solid colors – nails now come in neons, swirls, patterns, and textures.
“Before I started getting a collection of my own polish, I used to go get my nails done professionally every week,” Brentlinger said. “I would pay eight dollars for a new color or design.”
Brentlinger says she paints both her nails and toenails and she always has her toenails painted during volleyball season.
“It’s a superstition I have,” Brentlinger said. “If I don’t have my toenails painted all the time, then I won’t be able to see the ball.”
Brentlinger says that two of the styles of polish she likes to wear most often are the Crackle colors, which once applied, crackle as they dry, and the OPI brand, which she believes is the best because it lasts longer.
“The coolest type of nail polish I like to wear is a glitter polish that has pink, red and gold all combined in it,” Brentlinger said.
Katy Waitt is another student who paints her nails quite often, but mainly because of boredom.
“I used to get my nails professionally done every other week when I was younger,” said Waitt, junior in mechanical engineering. “But now I usually paint them every few days.”
Waitt says she also goes to Sally’s Beauty Salon and gets different nail accessories like style pens that let you draw on your nails.
“One time I had Skrillex written on my nails for a techno concert in green and black,” said Waitt.
Another style Waitt likes is called swirling that makes nails look glass-like.
“I do my nails so often that usually my friends are begging me to paint their nails all the time,” Waitt said.
Waitt says she owns between 30-50 nail polishes that she has bought or received as presents.
Channing Solon says she has her nails painted all the time, but mainly her toenails.
“I paint my toenails probably every two weeks because they are a lot less upkeep,” said Solon, freshman in Spanish education. “Plus, if they look really bad, you can just throw some shoes on to cover them up.”
Although Solon says she likes to stick to solid colors, around the holidays she makes them a little more unique.
“During Halloween I like to alternate black and orange and during the summer I like to make my toes look like watermelon slices,” Solon said.
Solon says she buys her own polish about once a month, and usually doesn’t receive them as gifts.
“I usually get them if there is nothing to do and I’m at Wal-Mart,” Solon said.