What to Ask For at A Nail Salon? [7 Questions]

If you’re like me, you love to get your nails done but sometimes don’t know what to ask for at a nail salon.

A typical nail salon should offer services for fingernails and toenails. Services can range from a simple polish change to more elaborate designs. And within these categories, there will be a lot more details that you should know about.

And in some salons, you need to ask the right questions to get the most out of your visit.

Let’s dive right into what to ask for at a nail salon!

1. Can I have the Menu of services?

The first thing you want to ask is a menu of all services provided in the nail salon. Most of the decent nail salons will have their own unique set of services to offer.

And the menu should include the price of each service. These prices are often fixed for some basic packages like a standard manicure or pedicure combos.

If you choose a custom design, the price will often time vary depending on the difficulty of the design. So if your desired design is super complex and is likely to require a lot of time and skills to complete, you should be willing to pay more. I will talk about custom design a bit later in this blog.

2. What types of Nail Polish do you have?

a nail technician is doing a manicure

If you are new to the nail world, you may want to ask for recommendations from experienced nail technicians about what type of polish you should choose for your nails.

Each type of polish will have its own pros and cons, and there is no one-fit-all solution. The most popular types of polish nowadays are bio get, dip powder, and regular polish. I have a post that compares gel polish vs regular polish, which may inspire you before going to the salon, so make sure to check it out.

3. Can I see the Color Palette?

a color palette of a nail salon

After you have decided on the type of nail service, the next thing you need to do is pick a color. This applies when you are getting a simple design or plain nail polish. If you have the desired design, skip to the section about the custom design below this article.

Not all nail salons will have the same colors, so they may need to mix the polishes to create new colors. And a nail salon should have a palette of different colors, including ones that are available, and custom ones that they can mix for you.

Or you can even bring your own polish or sample if it’s something you want to have on your nails.

And if you’re unsure about what color to pick, you just need to consult the manicurist, they’ll be able to help you find a shade that compliments your skin tone.

4. Do you have some sample designs for inspiration?

a trending nail design

If you don’t have a design you want to get in mind, you definitely should ask the technician for some samples.

The technician taking care of you should also have some designs that she is proud of to show. These often time are the greatest designs that you can get from that particular manicurist.

In other situations, the manicurists are the ones who engage in the nail industry, so they are likely to stay up-to-date about trending nail arts. You can have them show some samples of the trending nail designs, which you will get inspired by.

5. Can you do a Custom Design?

If you would like to get a design or anything other than just a plain color, you should show them a picture of it. For example, you can even ask for Hailey Bieber’s nails if you want, just make sure that you have a photo of her nails ready to show the technician.

In case you don’t have a photo, it could be really hard for the technician to understand and draw the design of your interest. So if you tried your best to describe the design that you like, you sometimes might not get exactly what you asked for.

This will also waste a lot of time for you and the manicurist to remove and re-draw over and over again. So I strongly recommend having a photo/sample of the design that you want to show the technician.

6. Can I refill my nails later?

You should ask if the type of nail polish you are going to get be refillable or not. For example, if you get nails, they can be refiled easily. But this is not the case with dipping powder nails.

A refill will help you save a lot of money if you want to stick to the design a bit longer. Most nail salons will charge lower for a refill if you got that manicure treatment done at their salon compared to a new set.

7. What should I know after getting my nails done?

After you get your nails done, you can ask the technician about how to keep them from peeling. They will provide you with some tips and quick recommendations to help you protect your nails so they last longer.

The Bottom Line: What to ask for at a Nail Salon?

what to ask for at a nail salon

When you go to the salon, you should feel like you can ask any question that comes to mind. The staff should be more than happy to answer them so that you can have the best experience possible.

If you are completely new, you should let them know that it’s your first time going to a nail salon, and ask if they can help you through the process. The technician should be able to ask you the right questions and professionally serve you well.

But in case you want to have some questions in your pocket, you may ask about the menu, the types of polish, the color palette, the sample designs or the custom design price.

Now that you know what to ask for at a nail salon, go out and enjoy!