Disclaimer: None of the pictures used in this post belong to me and none of the nails were done by me. The pictures were selected from a simple Google search as negative examples from an intellectual, objective perspective to illustrate my points and were not meant to be a personal attack on any salon or individual.
In Singapore, there are no rules and regulations governing the nail industry. You don’t need a license to operate or work in a nail salon. You don’t even need to have attended any formal training or have any certification. Many salons hire workers with zero experience/knowledge and provide them with “on-the-job training”. In such cases, it could well be the blind teaching the blind, because the staff providing the training might not have any formal training/certification themselves. If all they’re providing are simple polish jobs, I suppose it wouldn’t be much cause for concern. What could possibly go wrong, right?
Well, it becomes a different matter altogether if we’re talking about technically-difficult services like extensions. It’s so easy to go wrong with extensions! Here are some examples:
Thick and flat – and the C-Curve (if you look at the front cross-section of the nails) is far from ideal.
In contrast, this picture from Nails Mag shows a nice C-Curve (but uneven thickness, so let’s ignore that bit):
As for these, the extensions look droopy and bulky – either a result of incorrect form-fitting, a failure to correct the nail shape by sculpting a proper apex, poor control of the acrylic, or poor filing at the end to correct the shape… or all of the above.
Finally, these – lumpy, uneven, crooked…
I am all for government intervention to raise the standard of service provided in nail salons in Singapore, but I doubt it will happen. For now, the onus is on customers to do proper research when choosing a nail salon/nailist to go to!
I’m glad for the philosophy behind my nail school Pink Room’s strict exam grading – the passing mark is 80%, not 50%, because they believe that their students must be capable of producing work that is at least 80% of perfection so that they will always be able to provide quality work for customers.