While the classic red manicure has been around for eons (and isn’t going anywhere),
TikTok users have admitted that they have managed to score a date when they paint their nails red. Could it really be that easy?
Well, for the most part, many single women on the platform who have tried the red nail theory on the platform, have admitted to seeing great success after getting their nails done in red. But that begs the question: does painting your nails a vibrant red the key to getting a potential lover’s attention?
According to TikTok user GirlBoss Town, she explained the reason why red manicures are so attractive is because it’s a powerful, bold colour that’s synonymous with femininity. After her video was posted, there were about 69 million searches (and counting) for the ‘red nail theory’, with thousands of other TikTokers jumping on the trend, uploading videos of their own shiny red manicures.
Based on a study published in 2008 by psychologists Andrew Elliot and Daniela Niesta from the University of Rochester, the colour red has also been said to make men feel more attracted towards women.
Other users have also mentioned that men are more amorous towards women with red nails because it “reminds them of their mums when they were growing up, taking care of them.”