Chinese women have become so accustomed to manicures they are often surprised when they come across them on their husbands.
“A manicure on my husband’s body is very different to what he does on my body,” said one woman, whose husband’s nails were manicured by a local man.
“If you see them on his face, it’s very uncomfortable.
You’re not going to look at them, you’re not even going to touch them,” she said.
Many women have resorted to wearing nail polish on their hands, as a result of an increasing trend of Chinese men’s use of facial tattoos, which are usually placed on the lips, cheeks, chin and under the eyes.
But as Chinese men have adopted the style, they have been asked to pay for the use of the custom.
Many of the women interviewed for this article were unaware of the practice.
“Some people will come to our house, ask for money and we’ll just ask them if they need anything,” said a middle-aged woman who gave her name as Zhang.
She said she had seen her husband wear a tattoo on his left arm for the past four years.
“He’s a very religious person, he loves his religion.
So I don’t mind him wearing it.
But I’m not going for it,” she told Al Jazeera.”
I want him to show his faith, his devotion to the faith, which he’s never done before,” she added.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said she did not have much choice in the matter.
“It’s his own choice, it doesn’t have to be anything on his body,” she explained.
She also added that she had to do the nail art herself, as it was not something she would have had the option to do before.
In China, where women are generally expected to stay at home, many men are not even allowed to wear a wig or makeup to work.
“We don’t wear the hair, we don’t have makeup.
So why should I wear makeup on my own face?” said the woman, who asked to remain unnamed to protect her family.”
You’re not the boss of me, you can’t do anything for me.”
Al Jazeera’s Lucy Huang reports from Beijing.