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A newbie’s guide to getting your nails done

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Getting your nails done for the first time can be daunting. After wanting to try it out for a few months, I finally took the plunge just before Christmas and got acrylic extensions. It was an interesting experience, and I learned a lot. Getting your nails done can be fun and pampering for anyone, regardless of your gender or sexuality. Cute nails are for everyone! So, here’s BRAW’s must-know guide for your trip to the salon.


  • Do your research beforehand. Check if the place you’re going to has good reviews and scope out their social media. Do you like the sorts of designs they post?
  • Check out designs online (I would recommend Pinterest). Save the ones you like the best.
  • Before you set foot in the salon, have a clear idea of what you want in your mind. Decide on shape, length, colour, and any extra details you may want.
  • Make sure to have some cash on you as some salons don’t have card machines.
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  • Be prepared to wait if the salon is walk-in only.
  • Show pictures of what you want and don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re unhappy with how something looks.
  • Be patient and kind with the staff like you would anywhere else.


  • Moisturise your hands often and even invest in some cuticle oil to help keep your nails extra strong.
  • When it comes time for removal, there are a few options available to you. First, you could go back to the salon and pay to get them removed (or replace them with a new set). Or you can do it at home buy soaking them in acetone. I personally bit them off because I got frustrated after a few weeks and refused to spend more money (I do not recommend this method at all).

Overall, it’s a relaxing way to treat yourself and a fun way of expressing your personal style.

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