Set your­self up for your most ex­tra nail ser­vice ever

Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY & STYLE -

1 Get the best ap­point­ments

Week­day morn­ings and af­ter­noons are the best times for walk-ins or last­minute book­ings.

But sched­ule at least two weeks in ad­vance be­fore pub­lic hol­i­days or long week­ends. Look for pro­mos via the com­pany’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

2... Call ahead

if you’d like a spe­cial ser­vice, such as gel-pol­ish re­moval, cal­lus care or cus­tom nail art. Top tip: re­quest a man­i­curist who can specif­i­cally cater to your long nails, the same way you’d ask for a colourist who’s amaz­ing with dark hair or a stylist with a knack for curly cuts.

3Switch shades

If you can’t de­cide on the right pol­ish, bring a few top choices to the man­i­curist’s sta­tion so she can swatch them for you af­ter she gets started. Or, ask for her sug­ges­tions (she’s likely seen the hues on ev­ery skin tone). If you don’t like the colour af­ter see­ing it brushed on a fin­ger or two, it’s fine to ask her to switch. If you ask af­ter she’s ap­plied the lac­quer to all

10, that’s just rude.

4 Make con­tact

Al­ways look your man­i­curist or pedi­curist in the eye as you ex­change your in­tro­duc­tions. It’s more po­lite than sit­ting down and word­lessly of­fer­ing your hands or feet. Plus, she’ll be more mo­ti­vated to do a great job if she thinks that you’re not­ing her name to re­quest her in fu­ture. Smart!

5 Don’t be sorry

The un­ex­pected thing that gets un­der nail techs’ skin? Ex­ces­sive apol­o­gis­ing for hairy legs or gross feet. Bar­ring a fun­gal in­fec­tion or in­grown nail (go to the doc!), they’ve ac­tu­ally seen it all, and hav­ing to re­as­sure you am­ple times gets old.

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