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Getting a manicure is a treat. But it’s hard to remember that when you’re rushing in during your lunch break or using that entire time to respond to a hundred emails. And though you may think that you’re just being efficient, it can slow down (and seriously irritate) your manicurist. We talked to nail expert and founder and CEO of Olive & June Sarah Gibson Tuttle to find out some of the most annoying customer habits, along with a few things to be mindful of so that it's a relaxed and happy experience for all.

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It happens to the best of us. Just make sure to call the salon and give them a (realistic) ETA of when you’ll get there so they can plan their time accordingly. And if you’re chronically late to your regular appointments, don’t expect your manicurist to “squeeze you in” for last-minute emergencies. It’s all about showing respect for each other’s schedules.


For the sake of your manicurist (and fellow salon customers): Stay home if you’re under the weather. Would you want to hold hands with a coughing, sneezing person for a half hour? Didn’t think so.

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3. Picking Off Your Gels

We know, bad habits are hard to break. But doing this can cause some serious harm to your nails. “When gels are removed improperly, pieces of the nail come off too,” says Tuttle. “Not only does this damage your nail generally but it makes it much harder for future gel (and polish!) to adhere to your nail. Chipping is no one's friend." Noted. 

4. Not Specifying That You Need a Removal When You Schedule the Appointment

Anyone who gets gel manicures knows that the removal process takes up a considerable amount of time—which is why most salons budget it into your appointment from the start. Showing up with a full set of gels and no warning is stressful for them…especially if you then ask for the most intricate designs.

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5. Spending an Eternity Picking a Color

Choosing between that pinkish nude and that slightly pinker nude is agonizing. We get it. But instead of gaping at the wall of colors for 15 minutes, grab the two shades you’re deliberating over and think about it while she’s cutting and shaping your nails.

6. Deciding That You Hate the Color...

...Halfway through the manicure. Still undecided on the color when you sit down? Ask your manicurist to swatch them on your nails so you can make a final decision before she gets to painting them. And if it’s a gel manicure, please, for the love of God, make any changes before it cures under the lamp.

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7. Talking on Your Phone the Entire Time

Ditto for scrolling and shooting off emails throughout your appointment. Not only does it increase the likelihood of your messing up your nails, but it also bothers everyone else in the salon.

8. Not Letting Your Nails Dry Fully

And then coming back five minutes later because you nicked a nail on the way out. Again, manicures are supposed to be a treat, so try to stop rushing through them. Relax and enjoy the time with your favorite salon ladies (and gents).

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9. Ignoring Your Nails Between Appointments

Nail care doesn’t just happen inside of the salon. Those babies need attention even outside of the salon chair. “Just like a blowout, your mani needs some attention to stay looking its best,” says Tuttle. “Apply cuticle serum daily to the skin around your nails and your cuticles will keep them hydrated, while also making your mani look fresh. Top coating your (polish) mani every few days will keep chipping at bay and your mani super shiny. A little TLC goes a long way.”

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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