One of the best ways to make a fashion statement these days is through your manicure. This is one of the reasons why coffin nails are so popular because they are really beautiful.
In this post, we will look at several pieces of information about these nails that should interest you. Let’s get started.
What are Coffin Nails?
You must be wondering, why coffin nails? Your question isn’t strange at all, a lot of people have asked the same question. The name seems to be a mystery to many which is why they seek a definition almost immediately.
Coffin nails are so named because of how their tips are shaped. They seem to bear a certain similarity with the shape of a coffin. To some people, they look more like the flat tops of ballerina shoes. This is why an alternative name for these nails is “ballerina nails or manicure.”
As much as we all love these nails because they are beautiful, they aren’t perfect for everyone. That must have been painful, but we just had to let you know. We will find out later in this post who these nails fit the most.
One thing to keep in mind when you getting these nails is that you must get yourself ready for the process. Let’s learn a little more about coffin nails below.
Describing coffin nails
Okay, you probably have come across these nails somewhere, online or at the salon, or maybe an event. It is very easy to recognize them because they have a peculiar look. As we have told you earlier, the tips of these nails are square-shaped, resembling a coffin. This is how they got their name.
Most of the time, these nails are long. As a matter of fact, most people would advise that if you want long nails, choose the coffin design. A secret about these nails is that they look better when your natural nails are long. This is probably why you would hardly find any short coffin nails.
The length of the natural nails gives you the leverage to play around styles and be more creative. This shouldn’t be a bother if all you have are short nails. There is a way to go around this issue. All you’ll need is some acrylic to lengthen your natural nails, and you would be fine.
Best Coffin Nails design ideas
Check out these coffin nail ideas that you could try out by yourself or with your nail technician. They should inspire you and squeeze out your creative juices.
Glossy coffin nails with stripes
These nails look so natural except for their glossy nature, the stripes, and the embellishments. The mix of beige and pink is really attractive and the silver stripes and gold embellishments brighten up the whole design in the most adorable manner.
You can strike some amazing cords in people’s minds when they see these nails. It features a few nails painted in solid pink while the others are transparent, adorned with glitters and 3D flowers. Don’t these nails look so fantastic?
While exchanging your vows you want to look your best. These pristine nails with a touch of glitters and jewel stones will do you some good. You could also have these on at a dinner party or on the red carpet.
Flashy fireworks coffin nails
The appropriate manicure will attract a lot of attention and help you conquer the world. Everything about these nails oozes confidence. They are so glittery and you cannot actually tell their color. If you want to stand out of the crowd, then this is your best bet.
Matching nails and accessories
How about this for coffin nails? The design is really unique as it is personalized to suit the wearer’s wristwatch. You can paint your nails to match your clothing or any other accessories you plan to wear for an amazing unique look. If you like, you can repeat the patterns across the nails or have them on just one nail. The choice is yours.
Cat eyes coffin nails
This varnish is made up of so many colors, you probably can guess which it is. This design will match whatever you wear. It is quite difficult to achieve but if you pull it off, you automatically become the center of attraction. The best way to achieve this finish is to seek the help of a professional. It is a perfect nail design for a flamboyant occasion.
Spring meadow coffin nails
This design is perfect to keep you happy throughout spring or any other season. They are so bright and beautiful. Make it more alluring with some pink, blue, and yellow flowers. As much as you do, don’t use too much of the color so it doesn’t look awful.
Yellow chicken coffin nails
These nails feature a chicken on one of the nails while the rest is painted in a pronounced yellow color. The plain yellow nails are designed with different colors of polka dots. These nails will make you stand out from the crowd easily because they are so attractive. The only challenge is that they streamline your dressing to certain colors. You must watch out for this so you don’t end up looking funny.
Sparkling white and transparent coffin nails
White nails are a perfect mix of glam and class. To add some spice, you can add a few transparent nails at your discretion and sprinkle a few golden glitters. You don’t need to have the glitters on all the nails so it doesn’t look funny and busy. Less is more with this design, as with a lot of other manicure patterns.
Aquamarine coffin nails
Aquamarine will always stand out like a color for your nails regardless of their sizes or types. You can have the color on every nail save one which could be transparent or some neutral color. Make one of the aquamarine nails sequin by adding a few glitters. The secret to having an amazing design is how creative you can be. A few crystals on the transparent nails will create a beautiful contrast that will make them stand out, just the way you want it.
Big rhinestones with sequin coffin nails
If you have really long nails, this design could be perfect for you. Check out the way the rhinestones are arranged on the nails painted in plain colors. There is a definite pattern about this, it is the height of creativity. The light colors make the accessories stand out perfectly and the sequin nails create a beautiful balance.
Solid black and patterned transparent coffin nails
There is no doubt, black is classy, any day, anytime. The alternating mix makes it look more beautiful. Check out the amazing patterns on the transparent nails and the solid black color on the remaining nails.
Cute sky blue coffin nails
Sky blue color will always make nails stand out. The nails are painted in solid sky blue color, in the perfect shade. To create a balance, you can wear a few accessories on your fingers, just like the lady in the picture above.
Black triangular coffin nails
The solid black nails look great with the transparent triangles arranged in the middle. These nails can be achieved using special tools and the technician brings in a lot of creativity to the design. You may try this at home but you must have had a lot of practice so you don’t mess things up.
Other Coffin Nail Styles to Try
Creating coffin nails by yourself
It can be really challenging when you need to get a manicure and you can’t get to the salon. There are several reasons why you may not be able to make it to the salon. That’s really not the issue here, the bone of contention is how do you create these nails by yourself at home?
The first thing you must have in your arsenal is a pair of scissors. With these, you will be able to cut the nails to any style you please. By the way, you should know that there a lot of methods to cut these nails and a million styles to choose from. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how creative you can get.
One of the commonest ways is to trim the nails at the top and file the edges. Some other people prefer to cut off both the top and sides. The second method has proven to be a simpler and faster way to create these nails.
Take the following steps:
- Ensure that your nails are long enough. If your nails are not up to the desired length, they may not be able to hold the artificial nails. To add some length to the nails, you can visit a salon to add some acrylic solution.
- Form a simple square shape with the nails. You can achieve this using a pair of scissors or nail clippers. After cutting the shape, file the top and sides to achieve the regular square shape.
- Make sure that you don’t file the nails too much. Patience is the key to achieving perfection with these nails. You will need to take your time when working on the edges at both ends so you have an even shape.
- Once the nail has attained the perfect symmetry and length, you can finish up the corners.
- Paint the nails with your desired nail polish to roundup the process.
There you have it, your coffin nails are done.
Removing Coffin Nails by yourself
The best way to remove coffin nails or any other type of acrylic nails is by using acetone. Acetone is a liquid chemical that breaks down the nails so that they can be removed easily.
There’s a lot of skepticism regarding how safe acetone is for the skin. Anyway, there have been no complaints except for those who are allergic.
In this section, we will look at different DIY methods to help you get rid of your coffin nails when you need to.
Method 1: Using Acetone and Foil Paper to remove your coffin nails
What you need
- Aluminum foil paper
- Nail clippers
- Petroleum jelly
- Cotton pads or balls
- Nail file or buffer
- Use the clippers to reduce the length of the nails as much as possible. This shouldn’t be painful and should be quite fast.
- Use the nail file or buffer to remove the color on the nails by filing. This is important to avoid a mess while removing the nails else the whole place will be covered in color.
- Rub some of the petroleum jelly over the skin around your cuticles.
- Dip the cotton balls in the acetone and then place it over the nails.
- Tear sufficient foil paper and use it to wrap each nail with the cotton pads. This will keep the pads in place.
- Allow it to stay for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Gently pull off the foil paper, the nails should come off with the paper. If you notice any form of resistance, it means the nail is not loose enough and you should wait a bit.
Method 2: Acetone and Warm Water to take off your Coffin nails
What you need
- Warm water
- Orange sticks
- Two bowls
- Petroleum jelly
- Nail clippers
- Reduce the length the nails as much as possible using the nail clippers. As you do, pry the edges of your nails around the cuticles using the orange sticks.
- Fill one of the bowls with some warm water and the other with acetone. Put the bowl with the acetone into the one containing the warm water. This is necessary to raise the temperature of the acetone.
- Apply enough petroleum jelly to the skin around your cuticles. This will shield them from the harsh nature of the acetone.
- Dip the whole length of your nails into the acetone and allow to stay for between 35 and 45 minutes.
- Check how loose they have become by tugging at them using the tweezers. If they are loose enough, they should come off easily. However, if there is any form of resistance, soak a bit longer. Make sure you don’t force the nails out to avoid hurting yourself.
Method 3: Using Nail Polish to remove Coffin Nails
What you need
- Nail polish. Make sure it is acetone-free.
- Nail clippers
- Reduce the height of the nails as short as you can.
- Use the pointed part of the tweezers to pry the edges of your nails.
- Pour the nail polish into a clean bowl.
- Put your nails into the nail polish and allow them to stay there for another 35 to 45 minutes.
- Use the tweezers to pull the nails off once you feel them loose enough. If they are not loose enough, leave them soaked for a while longer.
This process will need you to keep adding some more nail polish. The reason for this is that nail polish evaporates really fast.
Method 4: Using Dental Floss to remove Coffin nails
Dental floss has more uses than just for your teeth. One of such uses is removing coffin nails. There is a challenge with this method, you need someone’s help. You can’t do it alone.
What you need
- Dental floss
- Orange sticks
- A partner
- Use the orange sticks to make a hole large enough for the floss to pass through.
- Let your partner insert the floss into the inlet and begin to saw away. The sawing continues till the nail finally pops out.
The process can be quite painful so you must be ready in case your pain threshold is low. It requires a lot of patience as well.
Method 5: Using Nail Files to remove Coffin Nails
This process, we must warn, is time-consuming but it keeps your skin away from chemical.
What you need
- Orange sticks
- Nail file
- Cuticle oil
- Nail clippers
- Cuticle scissors
- Clip the nails as short as possible and remove all the color.
- Using the file, begin filing the nails using very long strokes. Continue doing this until you get to the nail bed. Be careful so you don’t injure yourself with the file so stop immediately as you hit the bed.
- If there is some of the nail left, make use of cuticle scissors to clip it off. As you do this, avoid clipping large chunks at the same time.
- The orange sticks will help you scrape off the remaining glue used to hold the nails in place.
- When you are done, apply some cuticle oil to the nail bed.
Important tips to remember when removing coffin nails
- Never, again, NEVER yank off your nails forcefully. Doing this may pull out your original nail bed and it could end up being really bloody. It could lead to an infection and finally, it will be very, very painful.
- When using acetone, avoid staying close to fires because it is very flammable. There are other side effects of acetone like dehydration and wrinkling of the surface of the skin for short periods. Once you notice side effects while using acetone, contact a professional immediately.
- It is essential that you apply cuticle oil to the nail bed for restoration purposes after removing the nails. This is required for whatever method of removal you would employ. The processes are always harsh on the nail bed and thus it needs to be revitalized.
- After the nails are removed, scrape off any remaining glue residue left on the nail bed.
- Before you begin the removal process, cover the table to prevent stains from color and acetone.
- Patience is key to carrying out any of the methods listed above. None of them are less than 30 minutes in duration.
- You should leave the nail beds fallow for at least a week before fixing a new set of nails.
Maintaining your Coffin Nails
It is very important to maintain these nails to ensure that they don’t break easily. Taking care of the nails is not rocket science, it is so easy, and you can do it yourself at home.
Here are a few maintenance tips to help you:
- Each night before going to bed, apply some cuticle oil to the nails. This will help them become healthier, stronger and thicker.
- You can also apply for gel manicures.
- Make use of protective gloves when you have to do manual labor with your hands. Some of these chores include washing dishes, doing the laundry, and cleaning floors.
- If you feel a gap between the coffin nails and your natural nails, go to the salon for a filling.
- Call on a professional when you notice any signs of infection before it goes out of hand.
Cost of Coffin Nails
These days, manicures can be quite costly. As a matter of fact, when you see a cheap price, you need to be wary of quality and efficiency. Coffin nails cost around $35 to $45 depending on the technician and where you are having them done.
If you want a more elaborate design, then you might pay up to $120. The price is really not a challenge. What you should be looking out for the quality of the service that will be delivered.
You might need to carry out a survey to know the capabilities of your technician. Watch out to be sure that the tools used are sterilized to avoid any infections. When going for your appointment, carry a file along.
Coffin Nails Wrap Up
Coffin nails are the new manicure trend and they are really common among celebrities these days. If this is your first time, you should visit a salon both for installation and removal. Share your experience with us in the comments section, we would love to read from you.