New Year, New Nails, What's New In Manicures: Style Resolutions 2018 (photos) Cleveland.com You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out The Plain Dealer Sun News Media Insider Rewards > New year, new nails, what's new in manicures: Style Resolutions 2018 (photos) Updated January 8, 2018 at 6:01 PM; Posted January 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM Style Resolutions 2018: Nails > 27 Gallery: Style Resolutions 2018: Nails By Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio - As the first waves of the new year roll in we have to ask...do you have any resolutions? Does the thought of them stress you out? Have you been nibbling your nails and chewing your cuticles? We believe this is a perfect time to take a look at some helpful resolutions that will refresh, rejuvenate and even repurpose your mind, body and style for the coming year. In several installments, we'll examine some tips and trends and speak to local experts and enthusiasts as we discover what's going on in the nail, hair and spa industries and in fashion for your closet and your home. Let's start with our nails. They can be your look's best accessory or the worst downfall, depending on their condition. Anyone leaving a nail salon will tell you that nothing makes you feel more put-together and confident than a fresh manicure or pedicure. Your nails don't have to be any more than clean, filed and subtly colored to add that feeling of confidence, but they can be so much more. The trends in nail style today are becoming a real art form with lengths, shapes, finishes, embellishments and designs running the gamut. We're hearing terms like coffin, stiletto, cat eye, chrome, crystals, 3-D flowers, sweater, shimmer and more, so we went to Riya's Nails in Fairview Park to see what this is all about. Riya Thai, 30, who is known just as Riya by her almost 240,000 Instagram fans, says she isn't an artist except for on the small surface of a fingernail. She opened her salon two years ago after working in the business and discovering her talent for mixing colors and innovative techniques. She started in her mother's salon as an assistant and moved to this country from Cambodia ten years ago. She went to cosmetology school and honed her craft. In the last nine months, she has expanded the size of her salon, increased her staff by more than double and offers additional services including waxing, microblading, threading and paraffin wax treatments. It is through her Instagram, which is loaded with images of her work and the work of her staff, that has gotten her noticed. She now designs the patterns on a collection of prepackaged press-on nail kits by Kiss, a global beauty brand. She also has new clients coming from all over the place. She's had clients from all over Cleveland, Youngstown and as far as Canada. Riya also designs a full line of professional nail polish in a vast selection of colors that she creates by mixing shades as well as studying color trends in fashion, makeup, especially lip colors and home design. Manicures can be as simple as a soak, buffing, shaping, nipping the cuticles, a base coat and color. Today, with gel polish lasting up to two weeks we're seeing an explosion of details. The Details: Shape: Rounded and harsh square tips are out and the coffin is in. It's a straight tip with beveled edges, similar to the shape of a coffin. "It's popular because it works on most finger shapes, looks good in short and long styles and can be bold or conservative," says Thai. She also says that the stiletto shape is popular. It's very pointy, like a claw and probably works best for someone looking for something more edgy and dangerous. Length: Anything goes and it's best to pick a length that works with your work and lifestyle but Thai reports that we are seeing a rise in the popularity of strikingly long nails, especially among younger women. It's best to talk with your technician about options from using your natural nails or adding a set of acrylic nails. Finish: Glossy, high-shine was always the norm until now. Matte finishes are very popular, too. They are the perfect background for jewels and embellishments helping the gems pop. Also popular are shimmer and metallic finishes. Chrome is in, too. Chrome comes in a few options including holographic chrome, opaline chrome and mirror chrome. Color: Pale pink and nude tones are always in for a simple, elegant look. Also popular are deep fall and winter tones and if red lipstick is trending then so are deep red nails. Thai says that lipstick and nail color trends go together. "Yellow is also becoming very popular in nails, not lipstick," she says. Pattern-texture: Paintings and stencils are growing in popularity. We see everything from team logos to painted flowers and snowflakes. We're also seeing textured, raised finishes like the sweater. It's a little swatch of a cable knit sweater done with a mix of acrylic powder. Thai also uses the powder mix to create beautiful, dimensional flowers. Another cool technique is the cat eye. Basically, a shimmering color is painted over black and with the help of a magnet the color is morphed around the black surface creating that look of a cat eye gemstone. Embellishments: If it's small enough to fit on a fingernail, it's in style. Thai stocks everything from tiny balls and beads, glitter and glimmering Swarovski crystals. The technician's creativity shines in this category with unique designs and patterns created with the use of these add-ons. From forming shapes and lines, edging the nail bed, to turning a fingernail into a crystal crustacean, there's a real art to using embellishments well. It's easy to take this too far, so if crystals are your thing, think about using them on just one or two nails per hand. Underside: "If Christian Louboutin can do it for shoes, we can do it for nails," says Thai of the technique of painting the underside of a fingernail. Always the eyesore of long nails, the underside was colorless and unattractive. Thai uses color and shimmer to decorate that space, often in a different color than the upper side of the nail. It creates a beautiful, finished look. Variety: The asymmetry and confusion seems to have started a few years ago with painting one fingernail on the hand a different color than the rest, or adding sparkle to that one nail. Today, we're seeing variety across the fingers with endless possibilities and embellishments for each finger. Salon cleanliness: Thai gives us some tips to look for. She is persistent about cleanliness and says that state inspectors show up often and unannounced. She tells us to look first at the floor and the corners of a salon. Make sure the salon is clean and swept. Look at the nail polish wall. Make sure the bottles are tidy and organized. See that the tools are either coming from a sanitized and sealed package or are deeply immersed in a jar of Barbiside disinfectant. Thai uses both the disinfectant and a sanitizing machine. Ask if you are the only user of the nail file, buffer and pumice stone. You should be as they can't be cleaned or sanitized. Many salons will even offer to send them home with you. They should only be used on one person. Look for ventilation around the salon and near each station. When it comes to the pedicure soaking tub, it's hard to know if it was washed and bleached properly after the last guest. Thai uses disposable plastic tub liners to insure a sanitary tub for each client. Riya Nails details: Location: 22080 Lorain Road in Fairview Park near the corner of West 220 and Lorain Road. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays. Parking: Free lot located next to the salon on east side of building. Phone: 440-827-6330 Appointments: Book appointments by phone or online. See website for registering, for cancellation policy and appointment lengths. Website: See riyasnails.com for photos, service descriptions, prices and more. Instagram: Find @riyathai87 at instagram.com/riyathai87 Facebook: facebook.com/riyasnails Is there a treatment, service or hobby you'd like to learn more about in Style Resolutions 2018? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Style Resolutions 2018 and your name in the subject line. I'll see what I can discover.