Different Shapes of Nails

Your natural nails are a thing of the past, as are with the shape of them. With so many customizaeable options to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming when the nail technician asks: “so, what shape are we going with this time?”

Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you make a decision so you’re prepared to answer that tough question at your next nail appointment. Here are the 8 most common nail shapes that you can get at the nail salon.

1. Square Nails

If this shape sounds super straightforward, it’s because it is. Square nails are, well, square, meaning they’re flat on the top with straight, sharp corners. No flaring or tapering involved, and they can be achieved with your regular nails as well, no acrylics required!

2. Round Nails

This classic shape is perfect for those who like to keep their nails short and don’t have a flair for the dramatics as this shape closely mirrors your natural nail shape. How round you want to take them is up to you.

3. Squoval Nails

A combination of both the square and the oval, this nail shape is perfect for those who want the look of a square nail, but are put off by the harsh corners, Squoval nails are flat on top like the square, but are filed down around the edges to give a more smooth appearance.

4. Oval Nails

You may think that round and oval nails are the same thing, but they’re not. In addition to filing around the edges like a round nail, oval nails are more tapered near the top, giving the fingers a more slender appearance. This nail shapes is most popular with those who have shorter fingers.

5. Stiletto Nails

Drama, drama, drama. If you’re all about theatrics, stiletto nails will definitely get you noticed. Like almond nails, they taper towards the top, but rather than the smooth, delicate ends of the oval and almond, stiletto nails end in a sharp point. Be careful when taking care of that itch on your face!

6. Ballerina Nails

You may recognize this shape from none other than Kylie Jenner as this is usually her go-to. Ballerina nails are shaped like stilettos, but rather than ending in a sharp point, they are cut straight across like a square.

7. Flare Nails

Also called the duck bill shape, this unique nail flares up and out to give a more wider shape. This nail shape is perfect for those who want nail art, as there is a much larger surface area to work on.

8. Mountain Peak Nails

A favourite of celebrity, Lady Gaga, this is another variation of the stiletto nail. It still ends in a point, but it is much shorter.

If you are still undecided on your next nail shape, take to Pinterest or Instagram! Both of these social media platforms are filled with inspiration for your next look.

Also, don’t forget to use Plei Nail Strengthener with and without your acrylics and gel extensions for strong, healthy, nails.