On Friday night after work, I went to the salon to get my nails done. I spent my Saturday demo-ing crafts from my friend Sarah’s book, and well-manicured nails are a necessity when you’re teaching people how to sew all day long.
As I normally do when I get my nails done, I brought my own polish—not because I’m overly concerned about sharing polish, but more because I have colors I like, and I want to be able to do touch ups to extend the life of my manicure. While I was sitting there, the woman next to me complimented the color I’d brought and asked the name. (It was Essie’s Bermuda Shorts, my go-to bright pink and apparently a highly sought-after discontinued shade.) Turns out, that was the polish that she had been searching for at the salon, but they didn’t have it. I explained that I’d brought my own bottle, and that was that.
But I had this nagging feeling for the rest of the night that I should have offered to let her use my polish. I was far enough ahead of her in the manicure process that she could have easily used the polish, and would have been done with it by the time my nails were dry.
What do you think, was I rude for not having offered my nail polish or was it fine to just leave things as is, and let her use a polish that was available at the salon? What would you have done if you were me?