Weed Manicures Are the New Cannabis Beauty Trend

Article by Zoe Wilder, Merry Jane

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Between Halloween, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and everything else worth celebrating, you have plenty of excuses to get dolled up. Why not make a statement with a one-of-a-kind, cannabis-infusedmanicure? Canna-manis are all the rage in weed-friendly states, sparking conversations and inspiring smoke sessions wherever they go.

How did this fun nail-art trend come about? In 2014, Louisiana Pham, owner of San Francisco Bay area Orchid Nail Lounge, performed the first weedicure for a customer who wanted something truly unique to show-off at Hempcon. Deviating from the common practice of drawing weed leafs with nail-art pens, she decided to get crafty and incorporate actual cannabis. While the pioneering Pham doesn’t carry cannabis in her shop, she offers the service to customers who obtain buds legally via the state’s medical marijuana program. The fad’s been gaining popularity ever since.

With an influx of ganja-clad-claw pictures flooding Instagram, more and more salons are now offering the service. A set of canna-glammed nails typically costs between $45 and $65, depending upon the complexity of the design. The process is straightforward. Nail technicians grind up cannabis flower and embed flecks into gel or acrylic fingernails. Alternatively, cannabis can be applied after the base coat, before the polish and top coat, which seals the plant material in a resinous, odor-less coating. There are increasingly more and varied ways to express your love of weed in the beauty world.

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