Question:

Is a woman allowed to get manicure on chol hamoed?

Is it different for sefardim?

Answer:

The minhag of the ashkenazim is not to cut nails on chol Hamoed. This is similar to the prohibition not to take haircuts on chol Hamoed, in order to ensure that we groom ourselves properly before yom tov. Having a manicure is a form of cutting one’s nails. In contrast to cutting hair, if one cut them erev yom tov, they may be cut again if it is needed on chol hamoed.

The minhag of the sefardim is to permit all cutting of nails on chol hamoed.

Sources:

O:CH 532-1, M:B – 2.

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