Nail salons are a great place to get your nails done, but there are some etiquette rules that you should follow. This blog post will discuss the dos and don’ts of getting your nails done at a salon. We will also provide some tips on having a positive experience at the salon. Whether you’re a first-time client or a regular, following these tips will help ensure that you have a positive experience every time you go to the salon.

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Nail salon etiquette rules: how to behave when getting a manicure or pedicure

When you go to a nail salon, it’s important to respect the staff and other customers. So, here are some dos and don’ts for getting your nails done:


  • Be on time for your appointment. Arriving late can throw off the whole schedule for the day.
  • Be prepared with what you want. If you’re unsure, ask the professionals for their opinion.
  • Be considerate of other people’s personal space. For example, don’t put your feet up on the person next to you or lean over them while getting their nails done.
  • Be patient. Getting your nails done can take some time, so relax and enjoy the process.


  • Use your phone. It’s rude to be on your phone while someone is trying to work on your nails.
  • Be disruptive. Talking loudly, moving around a lot, or constantly asking for things will make it difficult for the staff to do their job.
  • Touch your nails before they’re completely dry. This can ruin all their hard work!

Following these simple tips will help you have a great experience at the nail salon and ensure that everyone around you does well.

Things you need to do before getting a manicure

  1. Remove any old nail polish. Use a non-acetone remover to avoid drying out your nails for best results.
  2. Trim your nails. Long nails can hinder the manicure process and be more prone to breakage.
  3. Shape your nails. Round, oval, or square? It’s up to you! Just make sure they’re all even.
  4. Soak your nails. This helps soften the cuticles and makes them easier to work with.
  5. Push back your cuticles. Gently push back the skin around your nails with a cuticle pusher or orange stick.
  6. Buff your nails. This helps create a smooth surface for polishing.
  7. Clean your nails. Remove any debris or oils with a nail brush or cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
  8. Apply a base coat. This helps protect your nails from staining and provides a good foundation for the polish.
  9. Apply your polish. Start in the middle of the nail and work your way out to the sides. Be sure to cap the tips!