We’re already starting to see robots enter the salon space to automate precision tasks, making them quicker and more precise. While it’s cute to imagine Wall-E painting your nails, the reality is still looking a little more conceptual. Oakland-based lash extension robot LUUM takes a full lash appointment from 2-3 hours to around 30 minutes using barcodes, AI and computer vision to apply lashes. A trained lash artist oversees and provides the finishing touches.
It’s a similar story with in-salon nail treatments too. Nail painting robots like Clockwork, Coral and Nimble all use computer vision, AI and robotics to take custom nail painting down to just 10 minutes. However, the robot tech can’t do a full-service manicure or pedicure (yet). This type of automation is looking completely possible in 2022.
Personalised Beauty Continues To Grow
The days of one-size-fits all beauty is over as more consumers look for beauty brands that are curated, customised and individual to their needs. AI tech is filling the space that’s traditionally been focused on a set of beauty standards that don’t fit, and this will continue in 2022.
Claire Triantis, from AI-led custom beauty brand DCYPHER says: “We wanted to ensure that everyone is represented and can access made-to-order makeup products that work for them. There are 8 billion faces in the world, and around 40 shades in standard foundation ranges - a one-size-fits-all model isn’t good enough for consumers. We predict even more growth to come in beauty personalisation.”
At-home skin care devices aren’t new - especially over the last few years when the pandemic has meant salon doors stayed closed - but the tech behind them is. Skincare systems like Opte use precision cameras to detect variations in tone and apply targeted skincare and makeup to treat and conceal.
At-home microcurrent skin care devices, like ZIIP, NuFace and FOREO, are gathering pace in 2022 too. These devices use microcurrents of electricity to lift and sculpt the face with toning, rejuvenating and skin benefits. Although the devices themselves are expensive, they do provide effective at-home alternatives to people who aren’t able to access these treatments with a specialist.