What You Need to Know About Nail Trends for Spring 2018

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As we rocket through the beginning of 2018, nail trends in nail art are predicted to be anything goes…as long as it goes well. The key to sporting a winning nail design and not a nail design flop is having it done professionally in the best nail salon Cape Coral-Fort Myers area can offer (hint- hint ☺).

Whether you are looking for a special occasion manicure and pedicure or even an all-out spa day, you can count on our nail artists at our nail salon Fort Myers to create a nail design to match any nail trends out there.

So, what are the professionals seeing the nail trends for Spring 2018 to be? Here are some to think about on your way to your next manicure.

Expected Nail Trends for Spring 2018 – Color

When you come into your nail salon in Cape Coral/Fort Myers, match your color with your mood, or just your outfit. Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions.

Go bold in the earlier months by trying a rich merlot or a rusty orange for a warm, confident look. If you’re more daring, try a cool navy or royal blue palette. And, of course, for the truly dramatic, nothing says drama like black.

Need a more subdued look for the office? Neutrals and lighter shades never go out of style. Choose a beige or rosy pink option for a fresh, clean looking appearance.

Show off a bit of flash with metallic finishes. Use individually or mix and match for extra pizazz. Note– we have been seeing a demand in metallic and color tip French manicures for those looking to keep it classy

Can’t decide which color to use at our nail salon Fort Myers? Don’t! Just use them all. Paint each nail a different color, or create a pattern with 2-4 colors.

You can rock these colors in shiny or matte finishes (well, ok, except the metallics), either way, your nails will look fabulous.

Go For a (Be) Dazzled Look

For those who have to add their own sparkle to everything, and you know who you are, go ahead and go crazy. With prom and other outdoor social festivities just around the corner, those sparkly gemstones you have all over your favorite bag, jeans and shoes can now go on your nails when you come into our nail salon Fort Myers.

Glitter All Night Long

Taking its cue from a homemade Christmas card, glitter nail polish has been around for a while, but with the newer sophisticated options and colors available at our nail salon Fort Myers, it is no longer relegated to the under 10 set to use on their Barbie dolls. Bold shades and multi-hued options will get you’re the attention you want, all night long.

Expressionism Through Abstract

Now you can channel your inner Piet Mondrian or Jackson Pollock at our nail salon Fort Myers. Use your favorite colors to have well-placed squiggles, lines, and geometric shapes turn your nails into a modern art gallery. These designs will look fabulous in both primary and secondary color palettes.

Keeping it Simple

Instead of going all or nothing, try a minimalist look instead. With monochromatic color palettes (2 or more colors in the same color family, i.e., light, medium and dark pink) and some nail tape, you can create a subtle design that still holds a fantastic wow-factor.

Go matte for another subtle option that can combine tone-on-tone color and texture as well. To achieve a truly unique look, try applying shiny elements over a matte base to add more depth to your design.

Remember the metallics we mentioned above? Make them pop by using them over a matte background.

Pop Art It!

Let your nails become a sticker parade of polish at our nail salon Fort Myers. From emojis and lightning bolts to camouflage in colors that scream to be seen, you can push your nail designs as far as you want to go to make a statement.

Take A Cue from Your Favorite Vacation Spot

Whether you choose turquoise and earth tones from the Southwest to create an entire desert (or Native American rug) on your hands or take your nails scuba diving in the bright tropical colors of the Florida Keys, you’ll definitely get some attention.

Just dig out those selfies you took on your last vacation to get inspiration for your next manicure.

Initiate a Peaceful (Nail) Demonstration Starting at Our Nail Salon Fort Myers

Do you want to Save the Whales? Have a favorite in the next election? What to encourage people to recycle? Let everyone know where you stand in your beliefs by making a statement through your nail art.

Why Just Stay Inside the Lines?

Instead of only using your nails as your canvas, why not continue further? Combine glitter with bold color by applying glitter to your fingers then painting your nails a solid color.

Or, use polish, or peel and stick tattoos or stickers to extend your design all the way down your fingers. The look may not last forever, but for the night you’ll be the talk of the town.

Let it Grow

You know how your gel polish starts to look a week or more after your manicure? Perfect on the polished areas but with a bare spot right at the cuticle? Now, you can wait even longer between appointments at your nail salon Fort Myers and rock the “grown out” look of color and naked nail.

Just add clear polish if you want to keep up the shine. Don’t have the patience to wait that long? This one can be done on purpose simply by not applying the color all the way to the cuticle line.


Ombre has gotten very popular the last few years and it still is! Pick three colors that are similar to create the subtle shading of the popular Ombre look.

Your Nail Salon Fort Myers Location is Ready to Up Your Style for Spring 2018

As you can tell, nail trends for Spring 2018 are as varied as our personalities are diverse and we expect this to be the trend for the rest of the year. Embrace your individualism and let your nails speak for you and tell everyone around you what you like and what you are like. From basic solids to off the charts patterns and designs, the sky isn’t even the limit to what you can have done. Come by our nail salon for a FREE Nail Trend Assessment so we can help design your perfect look for this Spring!

How to Modernize Your Nails with Our Unique and Stylish Nail Shapes

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Are you searching for a new look for your nails this season? You don’t have to ditch your favorite shade or make any drastic moves. Instead, you can experiment with nail shapes to modernize and freshen up your look. At our nail salon in Fort Myers, FL we love to help our clients choose the best shape for their hands and personality, and we’d like to give you the rundown on seven sleek nail shapes that you can wear.


This is a simple shape practically made for short nails. They extend only slightly past your nail bed and maintain the nail’s natural shape. This look is simple and classic and the easiest to maintain with its short length and naturally curved edge – a no-fuss possibility for anyone who puts their fingers to work.

It’s best for: elongating stubby or short fingers

Wear these with: Any shade you can imagine from the boldest brights to the sheerest nudes.


This shape can be spotted on the runways – its feminine shape elongates nails in width and height, similar to almond, but with more blunt, delicate-looking tips. If you have longer nails and desire a slimmer, more feminine look, oval nails will also make your hands look longer. If you want to slim the appearance of your fingers, this is a great option.

It’s best for: wide nail beds, long length fingernails

Wear these with: nail art


A standard square shape with straight edges gives these nails a subtle edge without much effort at all. When they are filed short, they won’t break easily, making this a practical choice for the low maintenance ladies in the crowd.

It’s best for: wide nail beds, short length

Wear these with: high shine solid shades

SQUOVAL (Square Oval)

Part oval, part square, the soft, naturally curved edges aren’t too round or too sharp, making them flattering universally for all hand shapes and sizes. This look is slightly less intense than square nails and will look nice manicured.

Best for: Minimalists

Wear these with: Geometric nail art or cream finish pastels


The long and slim shape is squared off right at the tip, giving the nails an appearance of a coffin or a ballerina shoe. If you have naturally long, sturdy nails or are willing to get artificial ones, and you’re looking to try something unconventional, these may be the shape for you. Just keep in mind, meticulous salon upkeep is critical for this look.

Best for: acrylic and gel nail enthusiasts

Wear these with: pale neutrals or simple nail art


Looking to try to take oval nails further? Try the almond. Instantly slenderizing and modern looking, the almond is characterized by slim sides meeting with a rounded point. The narrow ending at the rounded point elongates the hands, making them appear more slender.

Best for: Long, slim fingers

Wear these with: neutral polishes with a metallic element


No one can deny that these nails look cool, but impractical for day-to-day functioning. Unless you have Adele’s manicure squad and don’t have to work, this look is high maintenance. If you want to rock the Stiletto, make sure you can realistically manage these nails by looking for pointy press on nails to experiment beforehand.

Best for: elongating nails and fingers

Wear these with: sheer shades or tasteful designs

Now, it’s no secret to us that nails can make or break an outfit or look (we’re writing to you from our Nail Art nail salon in Fort Myers, Florida!). Perfectly polished nails speak to your entire appearance. Just like nails can leave a lasting impression and heighten our moods, your nails need the most flattering nail shape for your tips as much as it needs the right color.

Mapping Nail Shape at Nail Art 

We help our clients pick out nail shapes every day. When it comes to the right nail shape, it’s all about proportions. The main focus here is to elongate and accentuate the nails. After all, nails are made to complement your hands and make them look more beautiful.

The key takeaway here is that there are nail shapes to make your hands appear elongated, or make your hands appear shorter. There are looks that accentuate the width or height of a nail bed, some to bring out a slimmer, shorter nail bed. Take a look at our guide to the best shape for each nail. These are the questions we ask each client who hasn’t decided on a nail shape when they come to us for a consultation.

Do you have long fingers?

If yes, is your nail bed long or short?

For nail beds that are longer, are they wide or narrow?  

For short fingers with a long, wide nail bed, go for oval.  

For short fingers with a long, narrow nail bed, go for round.

Do you have short fingers?  

If yes, is your nail bed long or short?

For short fingers with a short nail bed, determine if they are wide or narrow.  

For short fingers with short, wide nail beds, choose squoval.

For short fingers with short, narrow nail beds, choose almond.

Do you have longer fingers?

Is your nail bed short?

If yes is the nail bed wide? Choose oval. If narrow, choose almond.  

Is your nail bed long instead? For wide nail beds, choose squoval.

For narrow nail beds choose square.

Nail Shape and Personality

Behavioral experts (and we!) believe that the way you naturally file your nails and the shape you stick with speaks to your personality.

Square Nails

Women with these nails are sophisticated and trendy. Square nails are short, which means that the woman who wears them is a perfectionist who trims and files her nails regularly. She likes to get to the point in a subtle way. Independent spirits might appreciate square nails because when squared, nails are at their strongest shape.

Round Nails

This shape is classic and beautiful, perfect for the woman who has her own style rather than following fashion trends or copying what others are doing.

Oval Nails

Women who are flexible and outgoing go oval. She knows how to accessorize her hands, and she is romantic and feminine, yet practical.

Almond and Stiletto Nails

Women with pointy nails are intense and fierce. Her nails always manage to make a strong statement on their own, no matter how they are painted.

Squoval Nails

Women with squoval nails are classic and confident, but with a bit of edge. She wants something that will look at home at work or on a date, but she wants to be modern, too.

Coffin/Ballerina Nails

The woman who chooses coffin nails is modern and daring. She knows who she is and she’s never afraid to stand out in a crowd.

We hope you enjoyed this guide and we set you off on the fast track to nail-shaping glory! If you’re local to “Nail Art,” our nail salon in Fort Myers, feel free to drop by to talk about your favorite nail shape. You can find us online at www.nailsalonfortmyers.com, we’ll be waiting to hear from you soon!

Our Simple, Step-by-Step Strategy for Growing Out Short Fingernails


Do you want longer, stronger nails? Here at Nail Art Orange Grove, our nail salon in Fort Myers, we have some bad news and some good news for you. The not-so-good news: Nails grow on their own and we have to give our nails some time to do that. In fact, on average, nails grow at a fixed rate – about one millimeter per month.

Now for the good news: If you’re willing to take excellent care of your nails through polishing, proper nourishment, and protection, you can make your nails appear longer than they actually are. Nails are our passion at Nail Art Salon in Fort Myers. No matter how short or long your nails are, we love them and we’d love to give you some tips on how to grow (and groom!) nails properly.

Make Nails Appear Longer with an At-Home Vinegar Soak  

  • Wash your hands with gentle soap – using harsh soap can make nails brittle
  • Pat your hands using a towel, then fill a plastic bowl with enough white vinegar to cover your nails
  • Soak your nails one hand at a time in the vinegar for five minutes, holding the bowl steady with your other hand.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water

Give Biotin a Try

Biotin is great for treating brittle nails, making them stronger and less likely to break. While biotin is not going to make your nails magically begin to grow faster, it will make growing your nails out easier. Nails that crack less often stand a better chance of growing out naturally.

Moisturize Properly

 When your fingernails leave the cuticle they are already dead cells, which means that they won’t repair themselves. So you’ll have to take care of them if you want them to be healthy.

Every time you wash your hands, finish by applying hand cream to your hands and nails. –This will prevent them from becoming too brittle and cracking or splitting.

Setting the Stage for Fantastic Nails  

If you aren’t getting gel manicures or nail extensions on a regular basis, then apply nail hardener every day. This will prevent chips and breaks that force you to trim your nails back before they fully grow out. Our nail salon in Fort Myers also offers these same products for purchase to help clients treat and strengthen their nails at home.

Wear gloves while washing the dishes or when doing any activity where your nails will be exposed to water for an extended period.

Clip away rough edges. If you notice a tear in your nail or a frayed edge, clip it away with nail clippers and file it down before it becomes worse. That’s because jagged nail edges might catch on something and cause you to lose part of the nail, which can be painful.

Take Care of Your Cuticles

Cuticles are the most important parts of your nail because they protects against infection. Damage to the cuticles will make the nails grow out slower.

Soften the cuticles to make it easier to push one back without damaging it.

Measure your cuticles to maintain healthy blood flow in the area. It won’t make your nail grow out more quickly, but it will strengthen the nail, which will keep your nail healthy and strong.

How to Stop Biting Nails  

You can’t grow your nails out if they are constantly being bitten down to nothing! If nail biting is the reason your nails are short, we may have some suggestions on how to stop:

Just like many bad habits, nail biting can be addressed by implementing a good habit in its place.

-Carry a rubber band, penny, or something else to hold in your hand

-Distract yourself by using your hands during times of the day where you would likely bite your nails. For example if you bite during car rides, as a passenger, play with your keys instead.

Great hobbies to do in place of finger biting:

  • Home maintenance projects
  • Knitting or crocheting
  • Running
  • Nail care and decoration 

We’d like to take a moment to invite you to our nail salon in Fort Myers: Nail Art in the Orange Grove shopping plaza. The only thing that makes us happier than a new client is a happy, satisfied one. We’d love to consult with you about your nail shape, or great colors that are more suitable for shorter nails — or to have a consultation about artificial, luxury nails. Please visit our website www.nailsalonfortmyers.com for more information. We’ll be waiting with bated breath for your call!

6 Essential Tips for Keeping Your Hands Moisturized and Cuticles Happy

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In addition to having a stellar skin care regimen, you’ll want to ensure that your hands and cuticles stay nice and moisturized during the winter and summer. Take it from us as one of the best nail salons in Fort Myers, the cold winter weather will dry out your skin, while summer can do a number on it too. Here is a quick and easy guide to keeping your hands moisturized, as well as some tips on how to accomplish that goal.

We use these types of products at Nail Art:

  • Cuticle Cream – These are creams you can apply directly on the cuticles to prevent peeling and moisturize the skin.
  • Cuticle Oil – For dry, painful cuticles, you can apply oil. Try to find one with a dropper so you don’t have to worry about spilling the oil all over your bathroom.
  • Hand Lotion – We’ve all got our favorite hand lotion – and you should use yours every day. Look for a nice aroma and a lotion that will dry nicely on your hands – no grease! Also, choose a conveniently-sized lotion so that you can toss it in your bag as you head out the door.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is an amazing beauty tool. We recommend getting the cold-pressed extra virgin kind. You can use it for just about anything, and it’s so easy to use on your hands. Coconut oil is also very affordable. Every night, scoop out a bit out and apply to your hands. For an extra moisturizing effect, put on spa gloves to lock in the moisture from the coconut oil.

7 Tips for Happy Hands from the experts at Nail Art, Nail Salon on Orange Grove in Fort Myers, FL

  1. Use cleaning gloves when you do the dishes. Use gloves while you wash the dishes and you will be shocked by how much less your hands will dry out during the day. This is because prolonged exposure to water can damage the health of nails and dry out the skin on your hands.
  2. Before walking outside, apply lotion to your hands – this creates a protective layer, preventing seasonal elements from doing too much damage.
  3. Get your fill of water. This goes for your hands, but also your skin in general. Many beauty experts agree that when you are dehydrated, your skin will lose its luster, resilience and glow. Your body is comprised mostly of water, so keeping your body hydrated will keep your hands hydrated too.
  4. Exfoliate! It’s not just for your face. You won’t be able to properly moisturize your hands if you are applying product to a dead layer of skin. Invest in a hand exfoliator that gently separates the skin cells so your creams will absorb into your skin easily
  5. Stock up on hand cream. If you need extra moisture, use heavy body/hand creams that specifically state they are for dry and chapped hands. Take note that we have specified cream, which is much more effective than lotion alone.
  6. Neosporin Anti-bacterial ointment. Not to crank up the drama, but you should treat your dry skin as an injury. Broken skin on your hands and nails is no different from a cut on any other part of your body. Get your hands on some Neosporin ointment, not the cream. Place a generous amount on your cuticles where they are broken and cracked, and cover each finger with a bandage. Leave this on overnight, and we guarantee you will be blown away by how soft and smooth your skin will be.

These are great steps to take in between appointments at Nail Art – Orange Grove, our nail salon in Fort Myers. Caring for nails is a great habit – it softens rough edges, prevents dry skin, and reduces the frequency of ingrown toenails or fingernails. However, it’s still important to make appointments on the regular for a professional manicure.

Benefits of a Professional Manicure  

The most important benefit of a professional manicure is the professional quality of service – you no longer have to worry about over-polished or misshapen nails. It’s the responsibility of your professional manicurist to provide you with top-notch service that leaves you satisfied and feeling beautiful.

When you go to a professional manicurist, you get extra pampering like hand cleansing and moisturizing. You’ll get a gentle massage in addition to trimming, shaping, and buffing the nail beds to a smooth finish. Plus our nail salon in Fort Myers has a relaxing environment, promoting total wellness. Make an appointment with a manicurist, and you’ll be well taken care of.

When you head to a manicure salon, a vast number of manicure products are available for you to choose from, as opposed to what you have at home. The salon will offer an expansive range of nail polish like OPI and shellac, nail colors, and glitter or jeweled accents if you want to go for a glamorous look.

You’ll have access to a range of services when you combine them with basic nail cleaning services. You can opt for acrylic nails or artificial nails done for you if you are looking for a bold change.

We invite you to take a trip to Nail Art Orange Grove, our nail salon in Fort Myers, FL. You can ask our happy customers about our service, or just come in and check out our work. We may be biased, but we think you will be impressed.

Taking these extra steps in between your appointments at Nail Art Orange Grove in Fort Myers, FL will keep your hands and cuticles happy. We hope you enjoyed our tips! Remember: Cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating are cornerstones in your beauty routine. Make those things part of your daily regiment and you’ll be happy you did.