Maybe it’s just me but I always thought not having nail polish on your toes was a major faux pas. I can’t be the only one who loves the ritual of walking up to a polish wall at a salon and picking a fresh color—it almost feels like I’m like buying a new accessory. So when I heard that a pedicure with everything but the actual polish had become a thing, I was instantly skeptical.
So why go bare? I have to admit, when done the right way, unpolished nails can look effortlessly cool and surprisingly chic. I’ve seen the no-polish look on runways like Prabal Gurung and Lela Rose, and lately it feels like everywhere I turn girls at fashion events and roaming the streets of LA are rocking the sparse look. I’ll admit that there is a certain je ne sais quoi to how a bare pedi looks with a pair of gladiator sandals. And yet, if it was me, I think I would feel insecure in a pair of open-toed shoes.
There also happens to be good-for-you benefits to the ditching-your-polish trend. “It’s important to lay off the nail polish every now and again to give your nails a breather,” says Hiroko Fujikawa, owner of LA’s Mars the Salon. “The chemicals in them can tarnish the color of your nails and turn them a yellowish color. A break from polish allows your nails to grow out and get their healthy, natural color back.”