Think outside the bottle


With edgy, playful designs, spring and summer nail trends are encouraging women to spice up their nail tips and accent ring fingers by experimenting with French manicures


using different shaded tips, ombre patterns or by simply adding a glittery ring-finger nail. Nail technicians are pushing bold colors and nontraditional options with so many variations to choose from.

Several businesses have even opted to jazz up their nail stations by creating a communal and social bar-like countertop where groups of individuals or friends can sit together and have their nails done as they sip beverages and chat. Manicure stations are built in behind the counters to accommodate clients.

Shellac “no-chip” polish is also becoming a popular option, claiming to be less damaging than artificial nails and longer lasting than regular polish. Brands that make it are CND’s Shellac and OPI’s GelColor, which are cured under a UV or LED light, according to instructions.

Polished Nail Bar in Milwaukee — a very clean and modern venue — offers drinks while you wait, like coffee, tea, water or soda, and never uses the same nail file on more than one client. In fact, you can take yours with you when you leave.

“Nails are like the new accessory,” owner Intessar Hamdan said. “Clients are requesting different things like brighter, bolder, edgier colors, not the traditional reds and blacks that people were big on during the winter.”

“Glitter is huge now… [But] the biggest trend is doing the multi-colored tips — a French [manicure] in different colors,” Hamdan said. She also boasts that white and grays are the new black for those who like to mimic the nails of the Kardashian sisters.

“They are such trendsetters,” she said, pointing out the nails on a few employees.


  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help when choosing colors. The ladies are extremely accommodating and will gladly offer suggestions.
  • If you opt for shellac polish, do not pick it off on your own. You must have it professionally removed or you risk damaging your nails.
  • To keep them shiny longer, you can use alcohol to wipe off lotion or oil residues that build up.

Polished Nail Bar
621 E. Brady St.
Milwaukee, WI
Text the word “polished” to 84444 for specials.
Shellac manicures $30, pedicures $35.

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