If you, like me, love reading beauty based reads, possibly want some inspiration for a selection of books for your coffee table, this post is for you. Looking ahead to the impending autumnal rainy day activity, a nail based book is always a great addition to your reading list.


Even if you are not a major nail care aficionado or nail artist, these are good reads to have on your bookshelf if you ever feel inspired. Other nailcare based reads I feature in this post are classic nail care textbooks and nail style inspiration.

I will leave a brief synopsis for each book along with the ISBN number, to help guide you through my selection and see which books are perfect additions to your beauty bookshelf. Take your pick and feed your mind with nail based knowledge.


The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art


The next time you hit the shops, take a closer look at the hands of the girls around you, and you’ll notice one thing: everyone seems to have crazy nails! Thanks to celebrities like Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, nail art has become one of THE must-have affordable accessories, and it’s only set to get bigger and bigger.

From simple techniques like zebra and leopard print to the tricker designs like roses, glitterface and more, Sharmadean Reid shares 25 of her most in-demand nail designs, as requested at her hip London salon WAH Nails.

Filled with step-by-step instructions and cheats techniques on how to make your nails pop, The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art will make you ensure you’re super-cool all-year-round, from your fingers to your toes. It also includes an exclusive WAH Nails sticker sheet.

ISBN: 9781742703206


The Wah Nails Book of Downtown Girls


Back by popular demand, Sharmadean Reid, founder of London’s hip WAH Nails salon in Dalston, introduces readers to even more nail art. This time she will feature ‘five under five minutes’ – quick nail designs that will make any outfit pop – along with a selection of 3D nail projects sculptured with acrylic (think pretty bows) and the best of the best from the streets of London and New York.

Along the way Sharmadean will use her stylist’s know-how to offer up hot tips on how to style yourself up to suit your banging talons. Learn how to master liquid eyeliner, transform your hairstyle, update your look on the cheap and more.

For any girl wanting to look a million bucks on a budget, this is the perfect style bible from one of London’s best-known movers and shakers.

ISBN: 9781742705910


Pro Nail Care: Salon Secrets of the Professionals


This is a book which covers everything a nail tech needs, from the anatomy of the hand and feet, to application techniques, and different styles of nails. The book also includes step-by-steps on different nail art.

A handy book to have in your collection for professional nail knowledge.

ISBN 1554074789, 9781554074785


The Complete Nail Technician by Marian Newman



Marian Newman’s “The Complete Nail Technician” has been written in line with the current NVQ in Nail Services at levels 2 and 3, and will appeal to both students, instructors and practising nail technicians alike.

Written by a leading figure in the nail industry, “The Complete Nail Technician” contains everything you need to know about nails. It covers essential information about the chemistry of artificial nails, as well as comprehensive sections on the anatomy and physiology of the skin and nail unit; preparation of therapist, work area and client; applying and maintaining tips, overlays and sculptured nails; and basic and advanced nail art; as well as providing important health and safety advice.

The new third edition has been completely brought up to date and includes inspiring 4-colour images and nail art designs, and easy to follow step-by-steps.

It also includes new pedagogical features and increased coverage of business practice to ensure that students and nail technicians alike are better equipped with all-important commercial skills.

“The Complete Nail Technician” is an essential reference manual for practising nail technicians, salon owners and instructors and a great step-by-step guide for beginners.

Although this is text book, it offers excellent guidance for those looking to improve their manicures to a professional level or for those looking to move into the nail technician field.

ISBN: 9781408032442


Ciate Book of Nail Style by Charlotte Knight



With a team of established nail techs led by Brand Ambassador Rebecca Jade Wilson, models and a photography set-up by Claire Harrison, Charlotte and the Ciaté team worked over 75 hours shooting stylised content and creating the most covetable nail looks to place within the pages of The Book of Nail Styles.

The book is brimming with tips on how to look after your nails with insider advice from beauty experts. From high end to high street there’s a range of looks to try from the classic red manicure in the style of Olivia Palermo to stripes, spots and playing with textures such as glitters and Ciaté’s famous Caviar Manicure.

Each look is accompanied by step-by-step photography, plus Charlotte gives her expert advice on how to fix any manicure mistake or turn chipped polish into a nail art masterpiece.

ISBN: 9780857833310


Anyhoo, I hope you guys get inspired to get your reading glasses on, and get lost in the world of nail art, nail care and nail style. These books cover all the bases, and like me, you will be a Nail Buff in no time!




Any books that you can recommend to me for more nail based knowledge?
Thoughts on any of the books mentioned in the post?

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