Nailing It: Color Me Manly

So, it’s time to talk about a trend that’s been going on for some years yet still remains a bit “underground” when it comes to guys getting their nails done. I’m talking about getting colored nail polish. And we’re not talking on the toes that you can hide away. Yup, right on the fingers for all the world to see.

Creative and fun to some while still odd and unsettling to others, the biggest question that most have when the topic comes up is simply “Why?” Well, there are lots of reasons…and many of them are the very same ones why women wear it: because they like it. They enjoy having nicer-looking nails. It’s creative, it adds personality, it’s a conversation starter and it promotes better care of one’s nails overall.

Perhaps the real and most simply put attraction is that it’s just fun. You begin experimenting with a long-time favorite color or something subdued and find that it has a certain allure to it. Soon, you begin to notice it more on others and take notice of different colors that you like that you might want to try yourself. Surprisingly, it seems the name a certain color or shade is dubbed also seems to weigh in on deciding on a future color commitment.

Aiding the growing trend is the number of celebrity men also jumping on board with it. Plenty of other men as of late have been seen wearing nail polish including Johnny Depp, Taye Diggs, Seal, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, Darren Criss, Harry Styles and Jaden Smith.

It’s no surprise, then, that a handful of nail polishes aimed specifically at men have emerged. Alpha Nail is one of the companies leading that charge and changing the perception of nail polish with its line of 10 nail polish products designed specifically for men. “Everything about our products is geared toward men. Instead of using a dainty feminine brush to apply the polish, our product is a pen with a simple click mechanism that is easy for men to use and doesn’t require toe separators,” Espley says. “We even use Citral and Ginseng, which specially help increase stability and prevent cracking in men’s nails. Our colors are very masculine, with both matte and metallic colors, along with a few nontraditional colors like Pirate Gold. Even our website makes it obvious that our products are for men.”

Whether you’ve never tried a single shade or you’re up to a ten-bottle collection, giving color a whirl could be a fun and revolutionary experiment to try for yourself this fall. I mean, why the heck not?

Check back here every other Friday for more reviews and tips on how guys are Nailing It when it comes to their grooming.

Isaiah Negron

A native New Yorker, a writer, a doer, a reader, a dreamer, a Disney junkie, a literature buff, an avid gamer and all kinds of stuff...then you run out of space.

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