Sarah Siaf

Sharp tapping sounds produced by applying contact with the acrylic nails on my left hand on a linoleum coffee table top in my apartment living room. The acrylics were about two weeks old. The pattern starts off generally steady, with each of my acrylic nails tapping consecutively, starting with my pinky. The tapping gets less ordered and more sporadic towards the second half of the audio, until the pattern is completely broken.
Many people find the sound of nails tapping across different surfaces to trigger pleasant, "tingly" sensations in the spine and scalp. This feeling is referred to as ASMR; autonomous sensory meridian response, and it can be triggered by endless sounds, visuals, and settings.

Letelia Smith

A sound recording of gel coated nails being filed by an electric nail filing machine . This was the second stage of the filing process that shapes and smoothes out the gel after it has been applied to the natural nail. The sound was created in a very small individually owned spa.

Letelia Smith

A sound recording of gel coated fingernails being manually filed by a professional nail technician. The file used was an orange puffer nail file. This was a one on one appointment, with no other clients waiting, in a small, individually owned spa. The environment was minimally relaxing due to the many interruptions by the technician's three young children.

Angela Atwater and Camelia Hahn

Sound recording of a metal nail file, filing short natural nails. The sound is very repetitive due to the back and forth nature of the products, however it is louder than most emery boards due to being made out of ground metal. The sound has a low echoing tone since metal files were made for thicken nails like acrylics, so the sound it makes when used on thinner natural nails is not as loud, but it is still an iconic sound associated with beauty and fashion.

Recorded using IPhone 7plus Voice Memo.

Noah Hoffman

The sound of hammering nails into wood. A series of smaller taps of the hammer leading to a final drive of the nail.

Recorded on a Zoom H4nPro