Do you ever reflect on nail polish? This morning in the airport looking at the sparkling red on my nails to celebrate CND’s 40th anniversary, I began to reflect on nail polish as it relates to me personally. What are the colors of my history? How have my color choices evolved throughout the years?
Have the colors you choose changed as you have gotten older? Did they change when you became a professional? How about the brands you use? What motivates you to pick your color when you polish your nails and toes or get a rare manicure or pedicure from someone else?
To let you in on a piece of personal history, my sister and I were named after the Holly Hobbie doll, so my name is Holly and her name is Hobby. Growing up we were subjected to all manner of pink and purple girly things, which as a tomboy I strongly objected to. A small rebellion was the ability to polish my nails blue, green ... or any color that was not pink or purple. These days wearing colors like blue, green, and black are a statement of my personal style rather than rebellion. I do find it amusing that the colors have stayed with me throughout the years.
My brands of choice have evolved from Wet n Wild to salon products. You won’t find anything other than CND in my salon, and only about five bottles of non-CND in my house — and they were very thoughtful, beautiful gifts in colors that are so me the label was beside the point. There are lots of amazing brands out there, CND just happens to be the one I prefer to own. You can often find me wearing others when I do salon visits and they have a stunning color I need to try!
The hue I choose is generally based on the mood I am in when the color goes on. Sometimes the level of sparkle is seasonal and sometimes that is mood as well. It is still pretty unusual to find me in pink or purple; I will sport purple on occasion as a nod to #BFFmel or pink to step out of my box since I am always telling my clients to live life out of the box.
What does your color say about you? Has it changed over the years or is your go to tried and true?