MIND YOUR MANIS AND PEDIS
Set yourself up for your most extra nail service ever
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.
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.