February is Black History Month, a time to honor the contributions of Black Americans to U.S. history. It’s also a time to evaluate your salon to make sure it’s inclusive and welcoming to Black clients, and a time to celebrate Black culture through stunning nail art. Inspiration is everywhere!
These four Black History Month nail art looks can be worn all month — or anytime your client wants to celebrate their Black pride.
Black Girl Magic
Black Girl Magic, a term and hashtag coined in 2013 by Cashawn Thompson, quickly grew into a movement that honors the power and resilience of Black women. Grab your acrylics and create some Black girl magic of your own by hand-painting the words directly onto an accent nail. Use vibrant colors and complementary designs on the adjacent nails, and have fun by adding jewels and other 3D nail art.
For a simple but edgy look with a pop culture reference, try these Black Panther-inspired nails. Begin with a solid black base, and then embellish the nails with hand-painted claw marks, Wakanda tribal print or spikes inspired by T’Challa’s fierce necklace. Keep the look on trend by adding a glittery accent nail.
Rosa Parks made history when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Honor this hero with a Black millennial spin on the “No” heard ’round the world. Start with a base of your choice, add an accent nail and be prepared to offer plenty of history lessons!
Celebrate the iconic multi-gold-medalist Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner with a look that inspired a nation. Start with gold tip nails and a red base. Add a single gem to the lower corner of the lunula, and hand-paint streaks outward from the gem using acrylic paints. Finish with dots at the tips for a look that will turn heads faster than Flo Jo. Bonus points for extra-long enhanced nails.
When creating Black History Month nail art, history, pop culture and activist movements provide ample inspiration. Think outside the box and listen to your clients’ desires, and you’ll surely design looks that revere Black history this month — and every month.