**Nail Salon Etiquette for Men: A blog about going to nail salons along with some do’s and don’ts.**
As a man, you may have never set foot in a nail salon until recently. And even if you haven’t, you’re probably aware that nail salons are dominated by women. So, as a guy who’s new to the world of nail salons, what are some things you should know before heading out?
**Don’t Feel Awkward**
The most important thing is to not feel awkward walking into a nail salon. Sure, it may be mostly women there, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to judge you or look at you weirdly. If anything, they’re probably curious – especially if you’re with your girlfriend or wife.
**Do Pick Colors That Are Understated**
A lot of men get pedicures because their feet are dry and cracked from spending so much time on them (walking, running). In these situations, the goal is to have soft feet that look and smell good. However, it’s important not to pick colors that will draw attention to your feet. It’s best to go with a neutral color like tan or light brown – something that won’t stand out too
A lot of guys think that nail salons seem to be just for women. It’s true, most of the clients are women. But in recent years more and more men have been going to nail salons. Some go for the relaxation and some go for the pampering. And some go because their wives have convinced them to try it at least once.
Just like a barber shop or a hair salon, a nail salon has its own etiquette and culture. As a guy who goes to nail salons, I’m hoping to help men understand the do’s and don’ts of a nail salon so they don’t feel like they’re out of place when they walk in the door.
Let’s start with some basic information about nail salons before we get into the dos and don’ts.
What is a Nail Salon?
A nail salon is a business where you can get your nails done professionally. The majority of customers are women but men are welcome too! You can get manicures (nails on your hands), pedicures (nails on your feet) and sometimes other services like waxing or massages. There are both full service and limited service salons, but most provide manicures, pedicures and gel polish
Nail salons are like most businesses that cater to women: very relaxing, serene and quiet. The sounds of soft music and chirping birds from the birdcage in the corner add to the ambiance. For a man, this can seem like a very uncomfortable place.
Men generally don’t visit nail salons too often so I thought I’d write up some tips for my brethren who may find themselves in this situation. These do’s and don’t’s will help ensure you have a great experience at your first visit.
Do: Talk to the ladies- The ladies who work at these places are generally quite friendly and appreciate an opportunity to engage with their customers. They’re especially happy when they get male customers because they don’t get many of those so it breaks up the monotony of dealing with other women all day long. Now is your chance to practice your broken Vietnamese/Mandarin/Cantonese/Korean or whatever language they speak there. You’ll be shocked at how much you can understand once you start talking with them (especially if you know some Spanish).
Don’t: Complain about the prices- Nail salons are not cheap places although they’re cheaper than going to a barber shop for a haircut or
The first time I went to a nail salon was a long time ago. A friend had invited me to the nail salon where she worked because I needed a manicure. I am a guy, so I politely declined her kind offer, saying that I didn’t need one. She laughed and told me to come anyway.
So I did. And it was awesome.
In the years since then, I’ve been back to that same nail salon many times (twice in the last month alone), but also to several other ones in different places. As a man who enjoys getting his nails done, I have been asked for my advice more than once on how to “survive” a visit to the nail salon as a man. So here are some of my tips on what to do when you go get your nails done at a nail salon:
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT: If you don’t know what you want or what is even available, ask! Most salons will have some sort of menu with various options. Some places might even have pictures of what you can get done with each option so you can see it before making your final decision…
I don’t know what to make of the nail salon industry. I have seen a lot of men go to get their nails done, but I never went because I didn’t think it was for me. Then, in my first year of college, I started to get my nails done and realized that it was not only for me, but for everyone.
Nail salons have become a fixture in our society, and many people do not realize that there are some rules you should follow when you are getting your nails done. These rules are not only for men, but for women as well. But as a man who has had a lot of experience with nail polish, I feel like I should share my experiences with you so that you can avoid some of the mistakes that I made when I first started getting my nails polished.
First, let’s start with the do’s:
Do make sure you choose a nail salon that is safe and clean. You don’t want to go to one that is dirty or has poor customer service. If you are unsure about how clean or safe the salon is, ask your friends or family if they have any recommendations.
Do always bring your own towel and water bottle with you when you go to get your nails done. As mentioned
If you’re a man who has ever stepped foot inside of a nail salon, or you have ever considered it, the first thing you need to know is that the relationship between men and nail salons isn’t always perfect. In fact, it’s far from perfect.
Men’s nails are often neglected, or sometimes even ignored altogether. This can be for many reasons including (but not limited to) lack of education about proper nail care, fear of going into a nail salon, and even embarrassment of showing your hands to someone else. The bottom line is that these issues need to change because men deserve nice hands too!
Nail salons everywhere should do their best to make all customers feel comfortable. This is an extremely important part of running a successful business. A good way to do this is by making sure employees are friendly and knowledgeable while still providing excellent customer service. It’s also important that they understand the needs of their clientele so they can provide them with what they want/need most out of their experience at the nail salon.
I’m a guy, and I get my nails done. Yes, it’s true. I’m not here to defend myself or to try to win you over. It’s just a fact. I go to nail salons and get my nails done.
It’s not a secret. But it’s also not something that I advertise, because I know the reaction I’ll get. Some of my friends will think it’s funny; some will openly mock me; others will make subtle jokes at my expense, like calling me “Miss Thing” or “Nail Queen.”
I’ve learned to take such comments in stride and even turn them against their perpetrators by telling them how ugly their feet are or making fun of their eyebrows (which really do look terrible).