JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Another cultural difference – Nail Salons!


So I thought I’d write a super quick post about another big difference between the States and Europe – nail salons.


In the USA, gel manicures are HUGE.  I’m a big fan, as they last for weeks without chipping and keep your nails stronger.  (For those not in-the-know, the gel polish is brushed on like regular polish, but you then put your hand under a UV light and it sets and dries the polish in seconds.  And that polish isn’t going ANY where for a long time.)

Anyway, also in the US, there are nail salons every where.  Most of the salons do gel polish and if anything happens to your nails (a break, tear, etc) you just go to any salon and they fix it for you.  Period.   Done.


Well so far my experience in Europe is NO gel polish, and no one fixes your nails if they break.  Before leaving the States, I got a gel french manicure so that it can grow out without being obvious.  Well, wouldn’t you know, I get a tear in one of my nails just when I got to Vienna.  And of course it’s catching on every thing and only getting worse.  I go to the nail salon nearest here, and they tell me they don’t fix nails, but I could buy some nail glue at Bipa (think European CVS.)  So I had my first foray into using nail glue on my own nail.  Not the prettiest results, but at least my nail isn’t going to come ripping off.  (I’ve also had NO luck getting torn nails repaired when I’ve been in Croatia.)


Anyway, just thought I’d bring up this little observation.  If you’re traveling in Europe, don’t expect to get a gel polish  manicure at the nail salons, and DON’T break your nail, or you’re stuck experimenting on your own with nail glue!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Another cultural difference – Nail Salons!

  1. Is shlak the same thing. I had that here in the uk and it was pretty good. I think it used UV light as well. You’ll have to stop by.

    • I believe Shelac is one of the brands of the gel polish. So you guys have that in the UK? Plus – my goal is to get up and visit you now that I can stay in Europe longer! 🙂

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