Today’s Chat Chat topic is something that most people have an opinion about: is it socially acceptable to perform self grooming activities in public?
I’m sure everyone can share a cringe-inducing story of witnessing someone’s public display of inappropriate self-grooming. Everyone has their own comfort level of what’s appropriate, and here are my opinions!
First, let’s establish what I consider public places: it’s anywhere that strangers can see you. So, the comfort of your own car on the road isn’t really a private place – those aren’t one-way mirrors, they’re glass, and yes people can see you pick your nose. Subways, buses, the mall, Starbucks, restaurants, the office, the park, waiting in line at McDonald’s… are all public spaces. 🙂 Let’s run through some dos and don’ts:
Acceptable: Quickly tying up hair into a ponytail or claw
Unacceptable: Combing or brushing hair
Acceptable: Applying lipbalm or lip products that don’t require a mirror
No: Applying lipstick that requires the use of a mirror
Acceptable: Quickly touching up of powder or face blotting (I’m still iffy on this)
Nopey Nope: Applying full face foundation and concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush
Acceptable: Trimming a hangnail or file a jagged nail (in an emergency situation)
Just No: Cutting nails with a nail clipper, filing all 10 fingers
Acceptable: Applying hand cream
Please No: Applying cream to the face or lotion to the body (well, maybe except for sunscreen at the beach!)
I have more nos than yeses, so…
No no no:
• Applying nail polish
• Spraying perfume
• Scratching your scalp excessively
• Cleaning ears with fingers
• Picking food out of your teeth
• Picking your nose
Story time: Recently my SO and I went to one of our favourite places for lunch. It’s a fairly casual place and the food is reasonably priced but delicious. After we were seated, in comes a family with a son who looked to be about 10 years old – they’re seated 2 tables away from us. We place our order and the restaurant is fairly quiet until we hear “click, click, click”. The distinct sound of a nail clipper. The mom had whipped out a nail clipper and was trimming her son’s nails right at the table! His nail clippings were just flying everywhere!!! We had half the mind to 1) tell them off 2) get up and move to another table 3) tell the waitress to make them stop 4) glare at them. We’re pacifists so we chose option #4. 😛 But ew, just the thought of his nail clippings landing at our table was gag-inducing. At least they stopped before our food arrived.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Any other things I might have missed? Also, I’d love to hear stories of what public displays of grooming you’ve witnessed!