Singapore Airlines’ air stewardesses have strict grooming guidelines to follow on their flights. Here’s how they maintain a perfect manicure on every flight.
When you talk about SQ girls, their signature red lips, blue eye shadow and red nails come to mind. A lot of care is taken into ensuring that these colours remain consistent for the thousands of SQ crew operating the flights daily.
Want to know how they do it? The answer is simple: a list of approved nail polish shades, so everyone sticks to similar colours to ensure consistency.
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There’s actually also a rule that fingernails must be maintained at a certain length so that it doesn’t impede their duties on board the flight.
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Cabin crew put their nails through a lot of torture – from opening canned drinks, securing the many latches on a plane, knocking their hands and nails onto various hard objects during meal service.
Rub nail polish remover on your nails before painting them even if they’re naked to remove excess oil that can prevent the polish from sticking, which in turn makes it chip faster.
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All SQ girls carry a bottle of nail polish in their handbags so that they can touch up their nails during the flight.
When the chip is too big and you don’t have nail polish remover handy, apply a layer of nail polish and while it is still wet, wipe the nail and some of the old polish will come off with it. Do this several times and you’ll have a smooth nail surface to work with.
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Besides regular nail polishes, some SQ stewardesses prefer to go to nail salons to get red gel nail manicures as they last much longer. Sometimes, they might even go for fancy nail art which they cover up with regular nail polishes during the flight, but remove when they are off duty.
The gel topcoats allow regular nail polishes to adhere better, which means they are also less likely to chip during the flight.
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By Arissa Ha, Singapore Women’s Weekly, November 2016
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