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Teens, tweens love their nail products

by Linda Miller Modified: October 1, 2013 at 10:40 am •  Published: October 1, 2013
What’s the most popular item beauty item among tween and teen girls?

Anything for the nails. Teen and tween girls are big business for beauty and personal care brands, according to recent Mintel research, nail products are a must have for the group. Some 92 percent of girls between ages 9 and 17 use some sort of nail product, research indicates.

Similar to lip products, girls are introduced to nail products at young ages, often before their teen and tween years, says Shannon Romanowski, beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel. “The popularity of nail products is partly due to the abundance of options … special effect polishes, nail art, etc. Girls can create a whole different look relatively easily.”

Nail product usage has risen  to 97 percent for girls ages 12 to 14 and 14 percent of  all teen and tween girls use nail products on a daily basis. Mintel research found that the popularity of nail products among teens and tweens is consistent with the overall strong performance of nail polish and care products, which saw growth of about  72 percent between 2007 and 2012.

Nail polish usually costs between $5 and $10 a bottle, with some brands as cheap as $3. The affordability has made it popular among younger girls.


by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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