Artificial Nail-Fixing Business Booms At Markets, Lorry Stations

Fixing artificial nails to enhance  one’s fingers or toes has become a booming business in the country with service providers making lot of cash from it daily.

Popularly known as “acrylic,” the nail business is flourishing all over the cities, towns and even villages, particularly at markets and lorry stations where many people, usually women, go to do business or take transport.

Investigation conducted by the Times at Ashaiman has revealed that some people patronise the acrylic to conceal their bad nails while others do so to discourage them from biting their finger nails.

The trade, which falls under the beauty industry, has created jobs for some unemployed youth across the country.
A 30-year-old mother of one, Augustina Akose, speaking in an interview with the Times, revealed that with about GH¢100 one could make a living from fixing acrylic nails or for polishing up a person’s natural nails.

She said a service provider would need the money to purchase tools or materials such as nail polish, glue, artificial nails, stools, a table and a board with drawings of nails as advertisement.

Ms Akose, who is a resident of Teshie in the Greater Accra Region, described the business as a “saviour,” explaining that it had offered many young women who have completed beauty school or training at salon but were unable to raise capital to set up a salon of their own, to hook on to the acrylic business.

“I have been in this business for three years now. I am currently operating from one of the commuter sheds at the Ashaiman main lorry station, and I hope to save enough money to establish my own salon soon,” she said.

Ms. Akose said on a good day, usually on Saturdays, when many commuters attend social gatherings and want both their finger and toe nails to look more beautiful, she was able to make between GH¢40 and GH¢50.

“We charge GH¢1 for polishing natural nails and between GH¢2 and GH¢8 for the acrylic nails, depending on what a client requests – whether you want ‘tips’ or ‘forms,’ ” she said.

Ms. Akose said that many young ladies were venturing into the artificial nail-fixing business because learning the trade takes only a few weeks or a month.

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