If my next career is chosen by a nail polish color, I’m going to be an “intimate nurse.”
It’s amazing what you observe at a nail salon. The walls are covered by frames of gaudy nail choices – some with designs that resemble a glitter explosion, others look more like they belong to Hello Kitty – complete with wax bows (yes, they are glued on your fingernails).
I guess I didn’t really think a lot about nails until I moved here.
I always knew to keep my hands manicured, since they are part of your first impression – but this is a whole different level. Nails in China are about personality, character, wealth and well, your career.
Taxi drivers, men especially, will often be seen with a long pinky nail.
I wish I was kidding, but to my understanding it’s to show people they aren’t doing hard, manual labor. It’s a sign of wealth. Trust me, I don’t devalue their jobs – I keep cab drivers employed.
And just like their careers, I was surprised that I would choose my new profession at a nail salon.
I was looking at the polish choices. (Went off track from my usual OPI route.) I picked my color – a light pink, elegant, clean, neutral. I’m rather boring – no glitter, no faces on my fingertips.
Then I realized as the brush strokes graced my just filed nails that I had picked from the professional pinwheel.
The ladies at the nail salon had made a faux nail pinwheel – the color you choose has a job title.
I am now an “intimate nurse” according to it.
I’m not sure what that means. I don’t think I want to know.
And for those of you wondering where you may fall into the category – here are some of the polish color options and job titles:
- Blue, black, green, white – Office Lady
- Light brown, light pinks, nude – Little Housewife
- Different version of nudes, neutrals, white – Air Hostess
- Pink, light pinks, lighter neutrals – Intimate Nurse
- Bright pink, bright red, bolder colors – Fashion Designer
Where do you fall into the color spectrum?
I wish I had a photo of the actual pinwheel, but my nails were wet.
You can be anything you want to be in China. Yesterday, I was an intimate nurse – what will today bring?