Furry nails hit the US runway - will it be popular in Singapore too?

Close your eyes and feel a fuzzy, tickling sensation.

Where is it coming from? It's the latest furry nail craze that is making the online community go "ooh" and "huh?".

Women in the United States are getting hyped up about sticking fur on their nails after fashion label Libertine sent their models down the runway with them during the recent New York Fashion Week.

Jan Arnold of Creative Nail Design (CND) fashioned this look as the ultimate winter luxury for the nails, reported Refinery29.

According to Cosmopolitan, Arnold created the unusual look by painting on Vinylux Weekly Polish in neutral shades (Rubble and Cream Puff), layering on a topcoat, and then adding brown or white faux fur.

However, this trend is not new.

Buzzfeed reported that it emerged in Japan in 2011, and Los Angeles-based nail salon Britney Tokyo featured furry nails on their Instagram page in 2015.

Peace Love Polish, a blog maintained by sisters Sonja and Deidre, taught readers how to DIY their own werewolf-like furry nails in 2011.

In the tutorial, readers were instructed to stick the fur bits on their nails using a nail or adhesive glue, and to trim off the excess with a pair of scissors. One of their readers commented that the nail design was perfect for Halloween.

Two years later, Australian nail blog Break Rules Not Nails also shared a similar design by adding inch-long hair to the nails.

According to the blog owner, Michelle, her design won in the "Favourite" category in a nail art competition.

Despite the online buzz, ladies in Singapore don't seem to have caught on this trend yet.

AsiaOne spoke with various nail salons in town and found out that they don't offer this fur embellishment service.

They revealed that pearl, crystal or diamond nail ornaments that create a pop-up effect are most popular with local women.

However, online personality and stage actress Oon Shu An did try something close to it in 2014.

The 29-year-old adorned her nails with faux-feathers in an episode of Tried and Tested on Youtube.

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