The Snakeskin Pedicure: The Latest Beauty Craze, Or Just Plain Crazy?
by Heather Muir, Beauty News Editor, March 7, 2011, 2:00:00 PM
You’ve seen the reptilian pattern on bags and shoes, but—get ready—now women are spending a whopping $300 to have real snakeskin (you know, the slinky stuff snakes shed) adhered to their toenails! Six months ago, inspiration struck manicurist Terri Silacci when one of her children brought a piece of snakeskin home from science class. “It took about six months to perfect the whole process,” she says of the “Pedicure With Snakeskin” now being offered at her salon, Nail Lounge in the Euphoria Lounge Salon & Spa in Monterey, California. “I learned how to disinfect the skin and how to apply it just right.” After listing the service on the salon’s menu, Silacci says her clients asked to see exactly what it would look like, so she hired a photographer and models…and a live snake!…to demonstrate the service. What it involves: Instead of using regular polish, Silacci brushes on Bio Sculpture Gel—a long-lasting colored nail gel that claims to strengthen your natural nails and is hardened by a dryer (it doesn’t look at all fake—it looks and feels like regular polish). After one coat, she places a custom-cut piece of snakeskin on top, then adheres it by layering on another coat. What do you think: Would you ever get snakeskin applied to your toenails?
I think this is really neat. I’m always looking for new ideas and tricks for nails. Maybe I should get back into doing them. (I went to nail school when I was 16 to stay out of trouble)