Three-dimensional nail art. Flip manicures. Duck feet (yes, duck feet). Manicurists are getting outrageously creative with nail art designs nowadays. But there’s one emerging trend in nail art you’ve probably never seen before: 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.
We arrived at noon for my appointment and checked in. While I waited, I picked 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.