It’s been close to 2 years I have been living and working in Seoul and have observed couple of unique things in the fashion scenario. Of them the one thing which struck my mind was in the funny manicure pattern – Nail Art. No I am not here to disparage the whole trend, but will surely be voicing my opinion with solid logic. If a stroller takes a walk through the happening and chic shopping alleys of Seoul like the famous Myeongdong market, Itaewon, Hongdae University area, Insadong, Dongdaemun and definitely downtown Gangnam the person would surely to come across endless, fancy nail art salons. These Salons are full of colorful furniture, bizarrely loud girly k-pop music and plastic looking unattractive girls. Though there are no special session for this trend but summer months off course witnesses a rise in colored nails all around . These so called “art” forms comes in varieties and shapes. There are alternate finger colors, then small structures in that little area, combination colors, patterns, texture, Colored or bedazzled French tips (nothing like the neutral nail with white tip, filled with strong colors ) and on and on. I really get mad when I see small diamonds studded on each nail. The best part is the price.
These exercises are painfully expensive, to take off the previous paint it costs around KRW 20,000 (i.e $ 20), KRW 50,000 for a gel manicure and KRW 10,000 for each nail with special design. These rates are towards the higher end, there are ample places in Seoul that offer cheaper price than this. It’s seriously a job to sit around waiting for your polish to dry which lasts only a week. Some well rated popular manicure salons of Seoul are
Spa Day at Hannam Dong(202 Liberty House, 2/F, 258 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, tel. +82 2 796 9924),
Edae Nail Ae (56-42 Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu tel. +82 2 364 7335) and
Dashing Diva 656-21 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu tel. +82 2 546-6564 )
(Source – Various Sites)
Over the years I have witnessed many changes in the manicure fashion area but honestly, in my opinion, nothing beats deep one shade paint on long ‘squarish’ shaped or ‘U’ shaped nails. Those classic trends have always been the best and will continue to do so. This is because it is to a very large extent simple, convenient and most importantly hygienic. It does not remind every moment that I am having something on my nails. I believe “Fashion shouldn’t be done at the cost of ease”
& these are my fingers