Women are rocking classic, sleek red nails on TikTok to test out the “red nail theory”, and the results left them at a loss for words. Now women are trying to get the guys' attention by reminding them of their moms when they were growing up.
How? By wearing the timeless red nail mani, of course.
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What Is The Red Nail Theory?
The red nail theory suggests that women wearing red nail polish are more attractive to men because it reminds them of their moms.
So, how did this weird theory become TikTok’s viral beauty trend?
Everything started when TikToker Robyn Delmonte posted a now-viral video raving about red nails. She explained that she always gets compliments from men whenever she wears red nail polish.
“Every time I have red nails, a guy comments on it,” she said.” They’ll be like, oh, I like your nail color. I always thought red was a grandma’s nail color…Then it hit me. In the ’90s, when we were growing up, women had red nails a lot, especially our moms… I think guys are attracted to our red nails because it reminds them of their moms when they were growing up, taking care of them.”
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At first, viewers thought Delmonte’s clip was rather disturbing and related her red nail theory to Freud’s Oedipus Complex complex theory. “Sigmund Freud would love this theory,” one wrote.
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“Hear me out. A red nail polish named Oedipus,” another joked.
But now, the video is leading many curious women to put this promising theory to the test, with the hashtag #RedNailTheory racking over 135.8 million views on TikTok.
TikToker Navya Passi shared her findings in a ‘tried and tested’ video. “The compliments I got from boys, from men, from even women, that entire night, was insane,” she explained.
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Another woman painted her nails red because she was “broke” hoping to escape her financial trouble. “So maybe a nice man will give me money,” she said.
Several men tried to shoot their shot on TikToker Melisse Martineau, who tested the theory and was mind-blown by the results. “I’ve been asked on maybe five or six dates, which is not normal,” she explained.
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The Science Behind the Red Nail Theory
Let’s talk science now, does wearing red nail polish really make you more attractive to males?
The reason why men tend to hit on ladies with red nails may not be as Freudian as TikTok makes it seem to be.
The color red has always been linked to desire, love, and passion in western art and pop culture. One 2016 online survey found that one-third of the 2,000 participants believed that those who wore red nail polish were more romantic and passionate.
But this is not the only reason behind its power to attract people — red is naturally an eye-catching color that makes the wearer stand out easily among the crowd.
Another interesting 2012 study found that waitresses dressed in red got higher tips from men than those in white.
Surprisingly, men who wear red are also perceived as more attractive, which sends signals of dominance and power to women.
In a nutshell, red nails do increase your desirability, but not necessarily because men have mummy issues.
Red Nails Don’t Just Help Manifest Love, But Also Wealth & Confidence
Red is definitely an amorous color but also a powerful one.
“You can manifest your dreams through caring for your nails and selecting a shape and color that reminds us of the [desired] intention,” astrologist Bri Luna told allure.
This is because we look at our nails all day, and what we see and feel about our nails can reflect on our everyday decisions.
Luna recommends going for fiery coffin nails to help you manifest money and any shade of red to help you improve your self-esteem and manifest confidence.
So, will you buy into the hot red nails trend? Or you just can’t go without your light pink or nude mani? Either way, everyone agrees that classic red nails are here to stay and aren’t going away anytime soon!
Nicole Graham is a relationship expert at Womenio.com. She is helping women grow into their best selves so they can be confident and bring more love, passion, and purpose to their lives. Nicole enjoys studying the psychology of love and is passionate about writing on them. She offers helpful tips and advice to help overcome any relationship issue, whether you’re single or already in a relationship.