Polished To Perfection: Nigerian-Owned Osun Nails Takes Press-On Nails To Next Level

January 20, 2018  |  

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After having my first child a few years ago and finding myself working with a slightly smaller budget for pampering myself and way less time, I re-discovered press-on nails as a way of saving myself trips to the nail salon and even saving a few dollars. So far I’ve been able to spare the world of witnessing the mess that my hands can be due to chronic nail biting thanks to brands like KISS and Broadway. However a few months ago, a vigorous Pinterest and Etsy search put me on to the world of customized press on nails and I quickly learned that when it comes to customized tips, these technicians are not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs.

Many of these artists have come a long way from basic French tips to bring buyers unique designs to compliment their different styles. Essence recently sat down with Yewumi Awolola, owner of Osun Nails, a popular press-on nail vendor. The first generation Nigerian-born college student shares that beauty is her whole world:

“I’ve always loved fake nails but once I started cosmetology school I found that I couldn’t get them as long and extravagant as I wanted, so I decided to make my own that I can take on and off whenever I wanted and share it with the world.”

Awolola also mentions that with health concerns and cleanliness issues, many customers are opting for an easier way to achieve the fabulous look of a false set without the worry of being exposed to infection from salons who don’t properly care for their tools and supplies as well as the damage that the application of acrylic can cause to natural nails:

“Some people don’t like how damaging acrylics are. This was one of the reasons that I kept getting messages about how happy people were that I was offering an alternative.”

With nail sets that come in gold shimmer, matte black, silver sparkle and other modern favorites with an average of price tag of $15, Awolola says you shouldn’t have to break the budget to have beautiful nails:

“Full sets can be costly a lot of times and people don’t want to spend all that money on something that doesn’t last for that long. People also want to have the freedom to be able to apply and remove fake nails by themselves.”

Awolola doesn’t have an official website yet, but she says a full-on launch is definitely in the works:

“I want to eventually get a website, share my craft with the rest of the world by providing international shipping and provide a great product that keeps the people wanting more.”

In the meantime, you can purchase your one set of fancy falsies through Osun Nail’s Facebook and Instagram handles.

You can browse some of Osun’s gorgeous sets below:

BBHMM 10 nail set:$15 20 nail set:$18 Available in Glossy or Matte

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“Beez In Da Trap” Set of 10:$18 Set of 20:$21 Available in Glossy or Matte

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