I got my nails done for the first time in years while I was in New Orleans for Essence Festival at M.A.D. Nails (owned by black girl boss, Morgan Dixon), and realized that I forgot how much I love getting them done.
The champagne. The girl talk. My nails not looking like a Freddie Krueger movie. The benefits are endless.
After my appointment, I started thinking about all of the colors I wanted to try before the summer's end. So, I started looking at some of the nail industry's most popular brands and came up with this list! It's filled with yellows (because you know, yellow was made to be worn by black women), corals, a little sparkle, orangey-reds; and brands that are 7- and 8-free (non-toxic).
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Not quite a red, and not an orange, this nail color is excellent for someone who might want to take a chance outside of their signature red polish — and an added bonus is this brand is black-owned.
ZOYA's line has over 400 color options, so it was difficult to settle on one color choice to try this summer. I went with the golden 'Austine' because honestly, gold and sparkle is never a wrong choice (well, in my opinion).
25th and June
I am a longtime fan of 25th and June (which is black-owned), the vegan, 7-free indie brand has a bold yellow color that would look great as the primary color of your mani, or you could opt for a sunshine-inspired design.
Made with ingredients like evening primrose, biotin, and green tea extract, this blue polish will add subtle color to your beach-ready mani while keeping your nails strong and healthy.
Press on nails are back in a big way — even Beyoncé wears them. Static's mocha hued pop-on's are a nice summer nude to compliment your tan lines and they're reusable.
I know there is already an orange-red on the list, but I thought adding a lighter, coral color would be a good idea. If a nail polish formulated without chemicals like formaldehyde, DBP, toluen, camphor is important to you — Butter London is 8-free. Meaning the polish is free of all eight ingredients (tphp, ethyl tosylamid, and xylene) that studies show affect women's hormones.
Olive and June
Olive and June is an LA-based nail brand that is known for its whimsical designs and bright color palette. White nails are a warm-weather classic, and these little ice cream decals add a "cherry on top."
If you're not ready to take the plunge to wear a bright green on your fingers, take a little risk and rock it on your toes.
This purple color might be a bit of a wild card, but the jewel-toned hue will make your melanin skin pop.