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California Seal Has Fingernails, No Fingers – Nail Statistics

Published on: July 05, 2012

SONONA COAST, CALIF.–This seal sitting on a rock along the beautiful beaches of Sonoma Coast has a fine set of fingernails–two sets, to be more accurate. Although the fingers may have been lost, the nails have not. Both Grey and Harbor Seals still have nails on their flippers, helping them find traction when struggling onto land from the water. Seals have nails on both their front and hind flippers. (Sea lions have three toe nails on each hind flipper.)

What’s the big deal with nails? California has a whopping 83,673 nail technicians contributing to a $7.3 billion industry in the U.S., and that’s plenty to bark about!

Nail Statistics

  • California nail technicians in year 2011 – 83,673  nearly 50% more than any other state in U.S.
  • California nail salons in 2011 – 7,978
  • Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is expected to grow 17% from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations
  • Largest add on in 2012 is soak-off gels or brush on gel-polish 53.7%
  • Vietnamese 45% nail salon owners
  • Caucasian 33% nail salon owners

Clients in U.S.

  • Girls under age 20  7.4%
  • Women 21-25   12.4%
  • Women 26-35   19.5%
  • Women 36-45   28.0%
  • Women 46+   29.2%
  • Men    3.5%

Nail New Designs

  • Nail Sprinkles – The latest innovation makes nails look like they’ve been dipped in Funfetti. How to make: Use a kit, like Ciate Caviar Manicure, that comes with sprinkles and base color. Shake some sprinkles onto a paper plate or napkin. Then working one nail at a time, apply two thin coats of the base hue and immediately roll your nail into the sprinkles, which stick to the base.
  • Magnetic Polish – Has new patterns like fishnet, as well as colors, like green, and fuchsia. How to apply: Apply a coat to all fingers. Then one at a time, apply a second coat and hold the magnet over the nail for 10 seconds while it draws the paint’s metallic particles to the surface.
  • The Half-Neon, Half-Nude Mani – Inspired by the fashion trend of mixing brights with neutrals, this mani makes florescent hues universally wearable.The beige tempers the neon, so it looks softer, almost candy-like.  How to: Start with two coats of nude polish. Once dry, alternate neon pink, orange, and yellow, like Essie’s Bazooka, onto the top half of tips. For a crisp line, use barrier gel on the halfway point pre-neon.
  • The Splatter Nail
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