Tech-infused beauty: AI salon-worthy manicures and personalized beauty solutions take center stage

The beauty industry is undergoing a tech revolution with innovations like Nimble, the world’s first AI and robotics-powered manicure salon.

In a world where technology continues to reshape various industries, the beauty sector is embracing cutting-edge innovations to bring salon-worthy experiences directly into consumers’ homes. At the forefront of this beauty-tech revolution is Nimble, a manicure salon device showcased at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Nimble positions itself as the world’s first device to combine AI and complex robotics to flawlessly paint nails without the need for a salon appointment.

Resembling a sophisticated printer, Nimble can varnish all ten fingernails and dry them in just 25 minutes. This eight-kilo white box utilizes high-resolution micro-cameras and 3D imaging to analyze nail shape, size, and curvature. A small robotic arm, guided by AI algorithms, precisely applies three coats, with a blow dry after each layer. Set to hit the market in March, Nimble offers over thirty colours in capsules priced at $10 each, with the unit itself costing $599.

The global beauty industry, encompassing skincare, hair care, perfume, and makeup, is witnessing a tech-driven transformation. According to a McKinsey study, the beauty industry reached $430 billion in 2022, with a projected growth of $580 billion by 2027. The integration of AI into beauty products is evident, with innovations like the Beauty Genius app from L’Oreal, acting as a virtual personal advisor. This app recommends skincare and makeup products based on skin type, offers tips on techniques, and addresses common concerns like acne and hair loss.

The Beautiful AI program by Perfect Corp combines generative AI and virtual reality to conduct live skin analyses, trial 3-D hairstyles or jewellery, and provide personalized recommendations. Korea’s Prinker is introducing an AI-powered product for applying makeup, utilizing a biometric 3-D scanner to map facial features and recommend suitable contours. This aligns with the trend of personalization in beauty tech, extending even to hair care.

L’Oreal is unveiling a connected hairdryer that customizes the drying process based on hair type, adapting power and heat distribution through an app. The Airlight Pro, set to launch in April, uses infrared light to preserve hair moisture and offers 31 per cent energy savings compared to traditional dryers.

Looking ahead, Colorsonic, a hair colouring device developed by L’Oreal over nine years, is set to launch later this year. This brush-like device uses cartridges and aims to revolutionize at-home hair colouring with advanced technology.

As technology continues to intertwine with the beauty industry, these innovations are redefining the at-home beauty experience, offering convenience, personalization, and expert-level results, all with the help of artificial intelligence.