A visit to the nail salon can be a much-welcomed luxury during your busy, stressed-filled week. But one thing that's sure to take your trip to the mani-pedi chair from rela to exasperating is an obnoxious fellow client. So try to remember these rules when it comes to nail salon etiquette, lest you risk becoming the person ruining it for everyone.
Rule #1: Be polite to your manicurist.
First and foremost, treat the person servicing your nails with respect. If you need to voice a request, such as asking for a smudge to be fixed or a lighter touch with the nail file, there's nothing beneficial about being rude. Just because you're paying somebody for a service doesn't mean standard etiquette is no longer applicable.
Rule #2: Shower before getting a pedicure.
Think of it this way: Would you want someone's dirty, sweaty feet in front of your face all day? Those little foot tubs help, but even dermatologists recommend you always scrub your feet with real soap to prevent odor.
Rule #3: Get off the phone.
Talking on the phone is a pretty obvious no-no in an environment that's supposed to be rela. If you have to make a call, keep it brief and use a low speaking volume. Everyone is paying to be there and deserves a peaceful time, just like you.
Rule #4: Turn off your text alert sounds.
A big upside to texting: There are fewer people chatting on the phone in public places. On the other hand, the perpetual "ding!" sound of a text notification is just as irritating. Put it on vibrate — or better yet, silent.
Rule #5: Keep personal conversations ... well, personal.
It's lots of fun to catch up with a friend at the nail salon, but having an inappropriate conversation about, say, a sexual encounter? Not so great. Keep your convo at a PG-13 rating and save the raunchier talk for another time. And if you're not sitting next to your friend, don't have a shouting match from across the salon, please.
Rule #6: Mind your space.
The drying booths and salon chairs can get crowded with people's bags, so be mindful that yours isn't taking up a bunch of room or making it difficult for other people to sit down.
Rule #7: Always tip.
As with any service — getting your hair cut, dining out, drinking at a bar — it's important to tip. Many salon workers face low wages, so tipping is their means of making ends meet. (And on that note, if you suspect your salon has poor conditions for its employees, report it to your local public advocate's office.) Tip 20% for a standard manicure; more if you feel your service was exceptional.
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