An awkward girl’s guide to the nail salon [Beauty]

I am slightly socially awkward. I think we all are.

When I find myself in social situations that I find uncomfortable, I usually take mental notes to prepare for the next time I will be in a similar position. This is where today’s post comes from, awkward moments I have found myself in in nail salons. Social etiquette is not something that comes naturally to us all and from speaking to my friends, haircuts, beauty and nail appointments can present oddly uncomfortable situations. I’ve put together a quick list of things that have helped me to avoid feeling this unnecessary stress. After all, a day at the salon is supposed to be a treat!

ONE | Pay before you play

How many times have you ruined a fresh paint of nails before you even leave the salon? My new trick is to ask to pay before hand. Pay at the til prior to your treatment and then if you decide that you are going to tip, leave the amount in a pocket in your bag or clothes that is easily accessible to avoid nail smudges


Bring your own bottle…of nail varnish that is! I have started to do this for a few reasons. Firstly, for hygiene and secondly, as a precaution in case I smudge or chip my nails before their time

THREE | Legs out

If you are getting a pedicure, the likelihood is that you will need to show a bit of leg, you get where I am going with this…

FOUR | Nail it

Choose your colour and finish before you go. This is to avoid the inevitable 20 minutes of choosing between nude, pinky nude, grey nude or brownish nude and ending up with a cerise catastrophe

FIVE | Tipping

This is one topic where opinions are divided. Coming from an Irish perspective, it is completely up to you whether you tip and the amount. In my opinion, it completely depends on your experience. If you had a really great time, a few euro is appreciated but I don’t think you need to tip every time

I hope this in someway helps you for the next time you are getting your nails done. If you have any more tips to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments!


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