Finding the Right Nail Salon
I went to an amazing salon to get my nails done, but I did a LOT of research before I made a decision. I have had bad experiences in the past with infections, mold, and cuts at the hands of "not-so-professional" nail salons. I now have to change salons and have begun my quest anew to find the perfect salon, so I thought I'd share some of my tips for finding that perfect salon.
Number one above all else is CLEANLINESS! There is soooo much bacteria on our hands and feet and so it's important that the facility that we're requesting services from be clean and sanitary. I can't tell you some of the horror stories I've seen. You want to make sure that the nail technicians sanitize their equipment prior to use on each client. If they do not, or hesitate, LEAVE. Ask to see their policy on client safety and check with the local health department to ensure the salon you're interested in is inspected regularly and what the results were.
Next, you want to find a salon you can afford. Hence the reason for my change. I was going to a salon that is quite elite and was dearly paying for it. But in an attempt to tighten my budget without sacrificing beauty, I decided to set on a quest to find a more affordable salon that still offers the quality and cleanliness I require. I was paying in excess of $35 just for a fill (with tip). Many salons offer fills from $15 and up. Determine your budget and stick to it, then make sure the salon you're interested in falls within that budget, if it doesn't move on. You don't want to make a commitment to yourself that you can't keep and end up with broken, overgrown nails because you can't afford the fill.
Finally, learn all you can about the salon. Look online at the Better Business Bureau. See if there are any complaints against the salon and how they were handled. Ask for referrals from people you see that have beautiful nails, and ask how happy they are with the service. If they go so far as to give a specific technician's name, it means they're a regular and it's a good starting point.
Ultimately, you should easily find the perfect salon for you if you follow these steps and educate yourself. There are MANY salons out there that are clean and affordable, you just have to find them. Never sacrifice cleanliness for ANY reason, even price. And price isn't an indicator of quality. Good Luck!
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