Courtesy of subjects; Gif by Clara Hendler I can’t remember the last time I wore a belt. And don’t even ask me about high heels. However, there is one thing I am not lazy about wearing: a face mask .
We manicurists are used to wearing them. The day I started beauty school, I was told I was required to don a mask for every lesson. And by the second week, almost everyone in class had made or bought something cooler than the plain paper ones we were handed. A mask protects our ability to work, whether we’re facing COVID-19 or it’s just a typical day at the salon.
In fact, when the pandemic and subsequent mask shortage hit, salons like Paintbox and Sundays in New York City stepped up and donated their mask and glove stock to first responders.
For manicurists, a simple face covering can guard our lungs from things like the dust from filing and acrylic enhancement. In the pandemic, it protects us all from so much more. But, most importantly, masks give us one more opportunity to be fucking fabulous .
Masks are the must-have accessory right now and my fellow nail artists and I are not sleeping on the chance to add that extra something to our ‘fit. To us, masks are just another canvas for self-expression. Health, but make it fashion.
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