Picking a Nail Stylist

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated August 29, 2014)

If you're serious about getting your nails done every week or even if you just want them done for a special occasion, you need to know how to pick the right nail stylist for you. Having the wrong nails applied or not liking the end result can be a blow and frustration. With the threat of a bad nail job and losing out on some hard earned cash, you want to make sure you make the choice. Here are a few guidelines to follow when deciding and then you can have great nails whenever you want!

When making your decision, you need to do some background work and know your stuff. Go "nail stylist" shopping and check out different salons and different artists. Settling on a nail stylist is similar when you're trying to find a good hairstylist; you want someone who listens to what you want, can work with your limitations (whether they be financial or personal preference) and someone who is personable and easy to talk to. While this criteria is a broad one, it is a good baseline for when you go out and try to find the right person for your nails.

One of the best tips I've found that works when trying to find someone good and reliable in any service-oriented field is to go through recommendation. Talk to your friends, your colleagues, your family, even other customers at the salons you visit. If you can get some good recommendations, that's better than any other detective work you could do. Recommendations are great because you get personal opinions and can get legitimate pros and cons to a particular stylist or salon. It's easiest to compare satisfaction from costumers with cost and you have the best chance of success if you go out and get some "raw data." When it comes to finding someone good in the beauty field, word-of-mouth is sometimes the best and most reliable way to go.

Also remember that sometimes finding a good nail stylist is done through trial and error. There's no magic formula and sometimes you have to miss a few times before you find someone that really works well with you. While sometimes frustrating, doing this kind of detective work can be fun, especially when you can get your nails done in the process!

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