Celebrating Black History Month is a time to honor the amazing accomplishments of generations past, while also giving attention to those making history today. It’s an important reminder that black heritage continues to have worldwide influence far into the future!
In honor of black history month, we have collected some of the best black history month nail ideas for you here, courtesy of talented nail artists from all over instagram posts.
Save what you want from this list to show your nail artist at your next nail appointment, or try out these black history month nail ideas on your own at home.
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Track and field athlete, Flo-Jo, played a crucial part in the black history of sports. Known for her fast-paced running and iconic black nail art, it’s the perfect time to remember Flo-Jo’s legacy beautifully during Black History Month.
Within the black community, Black Panther set a powerful and important precedent. Not only was the film a significant success, but it also showcased the African diaspora culture in all of its glory. So if you’re a huge fan of Wakanda, go for this look at your next nail service.
Black girl magic
These are some of the most celebratory nail sets on the list, and for good reason-they highlight, the beauty of blackness with mixed colors and a positive mantra so many black women have come to embrace. The nail polish choices for this set are worth trying out this design.
We love acrylic nails with a mixed-match abstract design; these are perfect examples. Current nail trends with black women are about exploring loud colors that were once deemed “inappropriate.” Play around with this beautiful design at your nail appointment.
Black history stiletto nails
Black nail techs worldwide are counting down the days their clients are booking appointments with them, requesting that their nails look like this. These black history stiletto nails are a subtle statement set that oozes black pride.
African print-inspired nail art
These standout nails honor the influence of West African culture in a beautiful way. The black, taupe, and purple hues are bold enough to make a powerful statement in February while stylishly celebrating black culture.
Where do you even start with these nails? Every quote and image found on these nails belongs on a shirt, and the vibrant colors found on every nail will have you taking a screenshot of this design to ensure you don’t forget to show these designs to your nail artist.
Simple nail designs like this one are for women of color who crave muted hues; trust us, these are still able to make a bold statement. Pink nails can work as an accent color with black polish or be the focus like this set with added gems.
Every year, African Americans remember Rosa Parks for her crucial role in black history and the civil rights movement. If you want to honor her legacy with a black history month nail design, try out these bold black nail designs with a pop of red.
Black Lives Matter
Start a conversation with these nails honoring the many victims who have lost their lives to police brutality. Then, make a loud statement with this intricate nail design that uses the Juneteenth flag colors to form a sense of community in the fight to end police violence.
All the nail salons around the world are too familiar with their client’s long nails, but have you seen nails paying homage to Prince? During the celebration of black history month, give these a must-try while turning heads while recollecting the memory of Prince’s popular hit “When Doves Cry.”
Howard University nails
The illustrious black institution of higher learning, Howard University, is known for its black student excellence and alumni. So if you want to honor black history month in a big way, try out these blue, red, and white nails, all inspired by the iconic black college.
Missy Elliot nails
A true musical genius, Missy Elliot deserves her flowers and then some! Go bold with intricate nail designs like this that reference one of her classic hits, “Get Your Freak On.”
These Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired nails are the nails many content creators dream of posting on their feeds. Basquiat’s artistic style warrants respect as his art form heavily influences many black creatives today.
Black power movement
Adorned by me, I heavily showcase my love for colors and my culture with my nails throughout the year. So my nail artist freestyled this design using only my African jacket for reference. I’ll probably be running this back in the near future.
Matte black nail art
For the ones that prefer a matte look, these are the perfect nails to rock at the start of February. It’s fun designs like this one that makes gearing up for black history month all the more exciting.
Black history month glitter nails
The beauty of our blackness shines through with these accent nails. Featuring colors that look great on our complexion, the nail artist did a brilliant job showing nail gems, fine lines, and glitter that will have your hands looking fresh and fabulous.
Black pride nails
Extreme nail art like this is the nail looks you should be going for in February. On each hand, all five fingers have an undeniably black and beautiful design. Present this picture to your nail artist to get this look, or check out some black pride nail art tutorials to try on your own.
Simple nail designs for BHM
This beautiful abstract nail design pulls inspiration from urban women of color, the Juneteenth flag, and many different art forms. Featuring red, green, and yellow geometric shapes, these are nails worth getting in February.