Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Manicure Volunteering Experience

Today I went over to my local women's shelter and I did a few manicures for the ladies there. This was my first time and It was a lot of fun. A few months back it sorta clicked for me that nail polish has brought me so much joy, that it was time to pass that joy on. I know I sometimes get lost when I look at my nails and I knew that something as simple as a little manicure could be therapeutic. When you have so much stress going on in your life a little break from that stress can be a nice escape. I was over there today from 6pm to 10pm. I only managed to do 5 manicures, and 1 manicure for a 3 year old boy.

The shelter had me create a sign up sheet/flyer but when I got there no one knew what was going on, apparently they never put it up. hah i was a little panicked but I had no problems finding ladies who were interested. they sorta just came and found me once word got around. They looked at my nail art wheel and I also showed them pictures on my phone of past manicures i've done. (They loved that part). They loved having the option to create whatever manicure they wanted. Honestly a lot of them wanted me to do a glitter gradient manicure I showed them a picture of and i kept trying to talk them out of it since I didn't have the proper polishes with me to recreate that look. hah plus me and gradients haven't always been best buds but I went ahead and did them and they turned out pretty good. Also Rhinestones were very popular! I'm still happy with the outcome, yes i'd like to have been able to do more in the time frame i was there but honestly there wasn't anyone i turned down. There were a few factors that came into play that made it take extra long... 1. had to remove previous polish off several of the ladies 2. there were a lot of children around which means things were a little hectic 3. planning the manicure took time, picking the colors and what they wanted to do, heh it was like mini nail art consultations. 4. My set up was not the most comfortable it was like a side table , I had to made do with with I had around me.  But in the end I really had fun and i hope the few ladies I got to work with enjoy the manicures they got. I can't wait to go back another time.

For those of you who are interested all I did was email my local women's shelter and I basically told them about myself and how i wanted to come by and do some nail art for the ladies, Within a few days they got back to me and sent me an application and along with that they had very detailed volunteer duties and it made me nervous since I wasn't sure they'd let me do what I wanted to. I sent back the application and then I had to go to training  the next month and then after that I had a interview. It was a little drawn out but I totally understand the need for that because they have to make sure they are not further endangering their clients. I also found one one of my old class mates is a teen director at a nearby YMCA and I've already talked to him about coming over and doing manicures for the girls, he told me they have like beauty makeover events so I'm pretty excited about that. if you're interested in volunteering this is a perfect way to use your hobby to put a smile on someone else's face. If you can't do nail art then you can just paint nails. In fact that is sooo much easier than attempting elaborate nail art manicures for several women! here's some other places to consider... Nursing homes, Homeless shelters, Cancer centers... I'm sure there's a lot more.  I admit it was a little stressful figuring out what polishes to bring and making the nail art wheel... most of the designs I put together last minute very late at night.. hah if i didn't keep putting it off it would have been much better, but in the end they didn't really pay much attention to it... okay I'm need to stop and get to bed..... if you guys have any questions let me know!!

My friend came over yesterday so I could get some practice in. I rarely get a chance to paint other people's nails. 
The polishes I brought with me. I had another box i brought too filled with other manicure related items. This was one of the toughest parts , deciding which polishes to bring!!!


  1. I love what you did! I have thought about doing something like it before but never had the guts to go out and actually do it! How awesome! Thank you for brightening people's day/night :) <3

  2. Amazing! I never comment but I had to say how awesome this was of you! And the manicures came out great! :)

  3. I think it's amazing that you did this. I know the women loved it. You did a great job on all of their nails. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm very inspired, I'm going to look into doing this in my community as well.

  4. Katherine, I think that this was an incredible thing for you to do! So inspiring, I bet you made a lot of people really happy tonight. I definitely have to look into doing something like this!

  5. thank you! it can be a little scary at first to take that first leap but once you get past that there are only rewards and positive things that come from it. :)

  6. aww thanks Sarah The ladies were very involved in how they wanted the manicures to turn out, i loved it!!

  7. Thank you Amber! I've often wanted to volunteer in the past but could never find the time or figure out what i could do to make a difference, I'm glad I found something that i enjoy and that even though small still had an affect.

  8. yes you have to, it's a good thing you're good at gradients because they all were loving that.. I need to hone up my skills on the gradient!!

  9. That's so great of you to do that!! Ever since I started blogging, nail art and nail polishes have brought me a lot of joy and opportunities! Keep it up!


  10. What a blessing you are! I wish more would volunteer their time and do just what you did. Your pics were beautiful, so are the mani's. As I was looking at the older woman, with the red to purple glitter gradient, I can see her that night, at dinner in the dining room, and being girly & prissy :) Have a great rest of the week! Happy Polishing!


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