Every few days, a new beauty trend involving the nails emerges. As reported by The Inquisitr, fur nails were among the latest manicure trends that caused a stir online, along with bubble nails and other wild trends. But none of those seem as dangerous as the scorpion nail trend. Instead of having the design of a scorpion painted onto their nails, women are having real scorpions glued to their nails, as seen in the below viral image from Imgur.
The photo was uploaded to Imgur five months ago, and has received more than 500,000 views in that time period.
“This is a trend in Mexico… Real scorpions in nails.”
The reactions to the scorpion on nails photo brought the kind of funny and crazy comments one would expect such a photo to bring. With the weird beauty trend made weirder once folks realize that the baby scorpions being glued to the nails are deadly.
Granted, the baby scorpions are dead once they are glued to the nails, but the scorpions come equipped with venom that could kill a human in 15 minutes. According to the Daily Mail, real scorpions are glued to fingernails in a beauty salon in Mexico. And while the scorpion manicure might’ve begun as a “sick joke” when Lupita Garcia told the beauty shop owner, Rocío Vidales, they should glue scorpions to nails, it ended up being a popular manicure that women from the United States were willing to travel to Mexico to receive.
At the beauty shop named Miss Uñas in Durango, Mexico, bunches of dead baby scorpions are lined up to be used to place as decoration on nails. The Centruroides Suffusus is the type of scorpion being used in the manicures — the brand of deadly scorpion that killed approximately 1,000 people in the region in 2015.
While the hashtag #scorpionnails only contains 25 posts on Instagram as of this writing, with most of those simply showing painted scorpions on nails, expect that fact to change if the real scorpions on nails trend continues.
It is the second most deadly and poisonous scorpion in the country being used as part of the controversial manicures, but that hasn’t stopped the scorpions from being glued to nails. The scorpions are also viewed as a specialty and one eatery makes scorpion tacos for patrons to eat in Latin America.
Even though the dead scorpions are in fact deceased when glued to the nails, the baby scorpions that are only seven days old or younger can still be highly venomous when alive. They are killed using insect spray, with their stingers left intact. The fact that scorpions still remain venomous after their death doesn’t seem to bother the women who are flocking to have the baby scorpions fitted to their own nails and glued on.
The scorpion-themed manicure took off, with Lupita commenting just how beautiful she finds the creatures.
“Most people think scorpions are to be feared, but I think they are animals of real beauty. I’m always innovating new ways to make art out of scorpions, and this manicure has been my biggest hit.”
A Facebook video of the scorpion manicure went viral, reports the Daily Mail, even though a search for scorpion nails and scorpion manicure on Facebook’s video page didn’t readily turn up the video. Reactions of disgust to the scorpion manicure trend have shown up on social media.
Lupita has even been stung by scorpions, which have sent her to the emergency room three times. The reactions to the stings were described by Lupita as very intense.
“I’ve been stung enough to know that the pain of the venom is very intense. It gives you a terrible headache, your nose begins to bleed, your tongue goes numb and your throat feels like it’s lined with fur. The scorpions like the shade and so often slip into people’s houses. My house is situated next to an abandoned lot where a lot of them live, so I get more than my fair share.”
Perhaps it’s because the scorpions are so deadly — and can take a person out in less than 20 minutes with one sting — that women are turning the insects deadly nature on its head and using them in a way to feature their beauty.
As seen in the top photo above, a scorpion (Pandinus Dictator) was seized in Paris, on its way to the United States.
[AP Photo/Jacques Brinon]