If you’ve never had a manicure done, or at least one at a nail salon, then you may be a little apprehensive. There’s a lot you may be unsure about, when it comes to getting a high quality manicure from a good salon. But you shouldn’t be nervous! Here are some things you should be ready for when you go in for a manicure.
You’ll tell the technician that you want a manicure, and they will start by removing any nail polish that you already have on your nails, before they will clip them – if that’s what you’d like – shape them, and file them. You’ll need to communicate the shape you’d like your nails filed into – two of the most common shapes are rounded or square tips. Your nail technician may recommend a shape, depending on your nails.
Once your nails have been shaped, the technician will then add a cuticle cream to your cuticles, and ‘remove’ or push them down with a cuticle pusher. While it may not be the smartest idea to get your cuticles cut, you need to make a judgment call on if you want your own cut. They will soak your nails, in order to soften up both your nails and cuticles. One hand will soak while a technician works on the other, and then it will switch.
For many people, one of the best parts of getting a manicure is the hand massage that the technician gives during the time before they actually paint your nails. This hand massage should really help you to relax and enjoy the experience, instead of being hesitant.
Before you sat down for the manicure, your technician would have told you to select a polish from their selection that you would like to use for your manicure. Once they clip, buff and shape your nails, then they will apply polish to your nails. Picking polish can actually be complicated if you’re indecisive. For those just starting to get manicures, one simple option is the classic French manicure.
The technicians will apply a base coat, typically two coats of your polish color, and then a topcoat and UV protection coat. If you want a design on top of your polish, a technician can do that for you, but know that it costs and extra fee. Once the technician is finished painting your nails with the various layers, they will lead you to an area with a UV light that will dry your nails. Expect to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the paint on your nails to fully dry.
You will pay for the manicure when you’re finished, which is often listed in a brochure on the wall of the salon at the beginning of the experience. Keep in mind that you’ll be expected to pay the technician a tip, which usually is 15 to 20% of the cost of your service.