RIO DE JANEIRO – Abby Johnston flashed her nails to the cameras, each one painted as a different part of the American flag.
When the U.S. diver arrived in Rio for the Summer Games, she was early. So she went exploring in the Olympic Athletes’ Village, and came across an oasis for athletes looking for a manicure or a quick hair cut.
“Everyone gets these manicures,” she said. “There’s a salon. Go, make an appointment, get your nails done or get your makeup done.”
The salon, whose services are free for athletes, is run by P&G, home of Gillette, Aussie and Covergirl among other brands. It’s stationed in a part of the athletes’ village that contains the official gear store, a bank and a preposterously popular McDonald’s.
There are manicurists on call ready to paint nails in the style of official national colors and flags. There are also sylists there who can provide a quick hair cut or more elaborate Olympics-inspired looks like the “Perfect Ten Ponytail” or the “Braided Top Knot.”
For the men, there’s a “Gold Medal Shave.” Which we imagine is much closer than the bronze.
As expected, the only salon in the village has seen its reservations booked up quickly. But on the day of the Opening Ceremonies of the Rio Games, it said it would make room for any flag bearer that wanted a salon treatment before the event.
While they aren’t sure if Michael Phelps will show up for a shave, Denmark’s flag bearer Caroline Wozniacki will be there.