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Exploring the Weedicure: A Cannabis Nail Design Picture Gallery

September 8, 2016

3D nail art. Flip manicures. Duck feet (yes, duck feet). Manicurists are getting really creative with nail art designs nowadays, offering a diversity of options to people who want to glam up their fingers with a unique new look. But there’s one emerging trend in nail art you’ve probably never seen before at your nail salon: cannabis-infused designs. Customers are starting to bring bud to their nail technician so they can stylishly infuse the greenery into an acrylic or gel manicure in lieu of the gold flakes and glitter we’re used to seeing.

The canna-mani, or “weedicure,” gets its name from the incorporation of ground cannabis flower in your nail design. This new trend in nail art is popping up everywhere, although it originated in California. As someone who loves to stay up to date with the latest trends in beauty and fashion, I was naturally intrigued by these cannabis nail designs I saw online and wanted to see for myself how the process worked.

Researching the top nail art salons in Seattle led me to Sènsé Nail Spa, voted best manicure and pedicure in Western Washington. The spa said they would be up for the challenge, so with Rebecca, Leafly’s senior editor, and Julia, our photo editor, in tow, I embarked on a journey to glam up my nails with some ground up bud.

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Instead of gold flakes or glitter, some canna-savvy customers are bringing bud to their nail technician for an acrylic or gel manicure.
We arrived at noon for my appointment and checked in. While I waited, I was encouraged to pick out the colors I wanted for my manicure. After Julia and Rebecca helped me decide on the perfect polishes, my nail technician Daniella emerged, excited and ready to get started on what would be both Leafly and Sènsé’s first experience with cannabis nail art. I took a seat at Daniella’s station, where she immediately got to buffing and filing away at my nails.

To add length to my natural nails and achieve the look I wanted, Daniella recommended I get a liquid hard gel full set. Ladies usually opt for a full set for aesthetic reasons, or to extend the length of their natural nails.

Step 1: Cannabis nail design starts with a full set of extensions
Daniella then cut my nails to the desired length and filed them into an almond shape.

Step 2: Filing nails into almond shape to prep for weedicure nail design
Next, she applied a nail primer on my nails before applying the liquid hard gel. With the gentlest touch, Daniella gracefully placed her brush in the gel, twirling it around before completely drizzling it over my nail.

Step 3: Applying nail primer for weedicure nail design
As we watched Daniella do her magic, Rebecca couldn’t help herself and had a few burning questions of her own to ask the manicurist:

“Have you ever had to scratch a client’s face for them while their nails dry? What are some of the nastiest nail experiences you’ve had with clients? Any people come in here with Cheeto dust under their nails?”

(Some valid questions — don’t act like you’ve never wondered what really goes down at your nail salon. Somebody’s got to ask, right?)

After I set both hands under the LED light to cure the gel on my nails, Rebecca ground up a bud of the strain Blueberry Cheesecake, leftover from the deliciously infused blueberry cheesecake she made.

Step 4: Grinding the weed for weedicure nail design
Once the bud was broken down, Daniella picked up flecks of cannabis and placed them directly onto the nail of my ring finger.

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The nail technician sprinkled ground Blueberry Cheesecake cannabis onto the ring finger of each hand.
Next, she brushed more gel over the ground flower to keep it in place.

Step 5: Add gel polish to weedicure nail design
After my nails with the cannabis design were cured under an LED light, Daniella got to work painting the rest of my nails. With Hempfest, Seattle’s annual cannabis legalization festival, taking place that weekend, I couldn’t help but show my Leafly pride by choosing our signature strain colors. Daniella even painted our tile logo onto a nail on each hand.

Weedicure nail design with Leafly logo
Overall, the process took a whopping 2 ½ hours, but we were slowed down a bit by a slew of amusingly stupid questions from Rebecca and Julia and the occasional employee rubbernecking, as they had never seen a cannabis-infused nail design before. Although I did go a little colorful with my nails, I really enjoyed the end result and thought the cannabis design added a subtle but unique touch going into the Hempfest weekend.

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The end result: a glossy, organic-looking fingernail accent amid Leafly colors and our tile logo.
Whether you’re looking for a head-turning nail design to try on your next visit to the spa or have been searching for a new way to incorporate your love of cannabis into your personal style, a canna-mani is a fun option that will definitely spark some conversations once people notice your new look. Special thanks to Sènsé Nail Spa and their fabulous staff for being such good sports (and for giving me a fantastic manicure)!

Have you gotten a cannabis-infused manicure design before, or would you be willing to try one?

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Nicolle Callier

Nicolle is an editorial intern at Leafly.

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