As elaborate nail art makes its way into our daily lives and social media consumption, there are very few manicure trends that may surprise us these days. In the past year alone, psychedelic flower polish has been trending, along with pretty jelly nails, couple manicures and elaborate cartoons. However, TikTok’s latest trend takes nail polish to an entirely new and weird level – by introducing a spice from the kitchen cupboard.
Last week, a video showing the artist Elizabeth Bradford painting cinnamon mixed with clear nail polish on her nails has gone viral. “The girls wonder why you stagnate? Remember that cinnamon brings abundance. Put it in your clear nail polish and watch what happens”, Elizabeth wrote as a caption on the video. She then proceeds to paint her nails with two coats of the cinnamon and clear nail polish mixture, which she appears to have added to the polish bottle and shaken, finishing by adding a top coat with her “intentions”. The result was a grainy brown manicure: cinnamon nails.
The video is short but Elizabeth responded to the comments with even more tips on how to make this overt manicure look better. She shares that she found, “It’s more pigmented if you let the cinnamon sit in the nail polish for a little while before using it” and reminded those who want to try it to apply to first a base coat to avoid staining the nails. For those trying cinnamon nails at home, she recommends adding just “a few pinches depending on the amount of clear polish” to create your mix.
While this isn’t the first time nail artists have experimented with using cinnamon in their designs (there are other viral videos using the spice for aesthetic rather than spiritual purposes), it sparked a conversation. on the use of ingredients associated with natural medicine or spirituality in nail polish and manicure. “Wait I do all the different spice nails now,” one person commented. “I used to carry a vial with cinnamon and clove. Also the perfume/spray works if you can’t wear polish ;),” another wrote. One viewer even shared that they “use black salt” in their acrylic manicures. Obviously this is just the start of a bigger shift towards making nail polish concoctions at home, no doubt cinnamon is just the gateway spice to more intentional manicures and natural.