What the heck are unas?!?! Unas is the Spanish word for nails. And, as some of you know, I have enjoyed getting my nails done on two different occasions . . . so far. I know that usually nails don’t seem very exciting, but in Ecuador it is quite an art. Seriously.
When you go into a nail salon, there are usually some books for you to look at in order to decide which design you want painted on your nails. This is very different than in the U.S. because all you choose is the color for your nails. In Ecuador, the polish color is an afterthought . . . it’s the design that really matters.
It’s quite a process of how the nail artists obtain the finished product. First, one woman puts on your base color of polish. Next, another woman puts the art on your nails (this is whatever design you chose from the book). This is done with acrylic paint (yes, acrylic paint!) and stencils. It’s really interesting actually. They have some sort of “air gun” that they use to spray the paint onto your nails through the stencil. It’s quite messy at this point because there is paint on both your nails and on your skin. Finally, another woman completes the final touches for your nails. She puts on any additional color polish that might be needed to complete the design, a top coat, and cleans off all of the color from your skin. Amazing, huh?
So, I’ve decided I’ll try to have fun with getting different nail art while I’m here. I might as well play a little bit, right? And, one of the best parts is that it only costs $2. Crazy, huh?
Thanks for being interested in nail art in Ecuador. I bet that is something you never thought you’d learn about today, huh? 🙂 Have a great day!