Would You Try ‘Bubble’ Nails – The Latest Nail Art Craze?

Would you try 'Bubble' nails - the latest nail art trend?

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by Grazia |

Bubble nails (aka 'hump nails') are trending online at the moment and well, we have some thoughts.

While it seems like there's a new nail art craze every few days (nudes on nails and daisy nail art are two of our faves right now,) 'bubble nails' have actually been around for a few years. In fact, Nails Magazine highlighted the trend way back in 2009.

But whilst the trend might be re-gaining traction on insta, we're not sure we're 100% in on this trend yet. Wondering what on earth bubble nails are? Let us introduce you…

What are bubble nails?

The term 'bubble nails' describes a curved effect on the nail, which is created by a round of acrylic fixed at the centre of the nail, then shaped into a bubble-esque dome. It's an interesting look - but one that many people love.

Bubble nails (which are also referred to as dome or hump nails) can vary in extremes- from simply adding a slightly thicker acrylic onto your gel mani, to a sphere-like dome on the nail.

According to Mashable__, the craze for Hump nails originates in a salon in Philadelphia, with Nails Magazine explaining how nail technicians can get the look:

"Bubble nails require building and sculpting of the acrylic until you get the look your client wants to achieve. You have to know exactly where the hump is supposed to be, then slowly build the nails.

You start with a ball of acrylic in the middle of the nail, which is the highest part of the hump. The nail has to be thin at the cuticle, then it gradually gets thicker as it gets to the middle of the nail plate. Then from the middle of the nail plate it has to gradually get thinner at the tip of the nail, like a nice smooth hill. The curve has to be perfect."

How do I achieve bubble nails at home?

Want to get in on the trend at home? This YouTube tutorial below explains how to get the desired shape. But would you want to try the Bubble nail look next time you go for a mani? Of all the Instagram beauty trends doing the rounds right now, this one is certainly among the most divisive...

How to remove bubble nails

Let's talk candidly here: while this off-the-wall trend might be a fun diversion into the weird and wonderful world of nail art experimentation, it's likely that you won't want to keep your bubble nails for longer than a couple of days.

The process for removing bubble nails is much the same as getting acrylic nails removed, so we'd recommend booking an appointment with a professional rather than taking the DIY route. Your nail expert will then cut or file down the bubble-shaped extensions, before soaking the nails in acetone.

Wearing any kind of fake nails can prove damaging to the natural nail, so be sure to give them a break after tackling a trend like this one: we'd recommend using a nourishing, Vitamin E-based oil or cream to guard against breakage.

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