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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another nail salon, another nightmare...

I don't know about you but I want pretty, healthy feet and hands especially if I am going to pay an arm and a leg to have them done!!! And since my last few experiences with nail salons were a nightmare for the most part, I thought I had given up on them. Unfortunately though, it seems my need to be groomed combined with my bad eyesight do not go hand in hand with doing my own mani's and pedi's. But even worse, with a very special occasion coming up, I really needed my hands and feet to look nice. What to do? What to do?

I know! Having noticed the opening of a brand new salon in the neighborhood, I hop in my car and off I go to see if maybe it'll be different this time. It has to be! It's new! No germs at the very least!
Well, I wasn't disappointed. Not initially anyhow. It is a beautiful salon. The owners have done an impressive job of creating an upscale nail salon with all the latest gadgets and furnishings. I must say from the tasteful decorating and lighting to the complimentary snacks, water, soda or wine, the staff is courteous and attentive. They seem to have the concept right, women seem to be streaming in and they have an edge over their competitors by offering services like a deluxe pedicure!

A deluxe what? Wow....sure! How much?? $32??? Ahhhh...well... Say what? I get to pick out my own flavored scrub? Cool. Warm towels...fantastic! A bit steap but hey, surely at these prices I'm bound to not catch any fungus or nasty something or other, RIGHT? Especially since, I have met the owners and expressed my compliments for such a nice salon, great service and I left a super excellent tip! Great! Fantastico!! Yipeeee! Happy with my mani and PEDI, I take leave, promising to be back.....

As promised, soon as my feet need another pedi, I return. Goody! This feels like a mini-spa for my aching, tired feet, I can't wait to sit down and relax. Take a load off! And I do. Once again, happy....I found a new place....I finally found a new place! HA!!! OH NO I DIDN'T!!

What I finally found was FUNGUS! A-yup!
Right under my nail. Here's where I go totally wacko! Somebody please, please, TRIPLE please, tell me, why would anyone invest such a large sum of money in a business only to lose customers due to a lack of hygene and the spread of such a nasty bug? It seems totally insane to me! Not to mention completely gross! THAT'S IT! I'M DONE! I'll get the brightest light bulb I can find and do my own freaking nails! Not only will they be healthier, but I will be richer!!
Which brings me to this....ladies...besides the nasty germs that are present in uncleaned tools and tubs, have you ever considered what else lies in those nail (drill ones too!) files that are used over and over again from customer to customer? Have you ever considered how cells are being transfered from others to you and vice versa via the bloodstream? What kind of crap are we exposing ourselves too?? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! I must admit, while I had already begun my disenchantment with nail salons, THIS realization and the fungus under my toe nail is enough to keep me out all together!
Has fungus in a nail salon been an issue for you? What did you do about it? Are you done with salons???


queenoftheclick said...

I bring two boxes with my own tools (one for hands and one for feet) to the salon. I don't want to get Hepatitis C. Sorry you got a fungus.

I really am going to stop going if I get anything from the salon again. I bought a lot of tools (even the dremel bits for their tools).

Ridiculous Shopper said...

Wow. Seems like such a hassle and EXTRA expense to have to do that though doesn't it? Do you get a discount for bringing your own stuff? I would think they should offer one. And Hepatitis C can be caught there too????

queenoftheclick said...

Hepatitis C can be caught there. Once I heard that Hepatitis wasn't curable and I could die from it eventually, I figured I had to do something. So I spent about $10-$15for each box. It is a one time expense for my health. I've been getting my nails done for the past 15 years (crazy, right?)

I am a computer teacher and students are always looking at my hands so I like them to stay nice.

No discount is given. A lot of women at the salon are doing this. I got the idea from them.

Have a great weekend and shop for me!

sun goddess said...

bummer... that's why i rarely go out to have my nails done in any salon... not only does it cost alot, I'm also susceptible to fungi and God knows what else... I do the cleaning and the painting myself.

anyway, i hope this helps... I've been doing this foot spa treatment since last year... amazing results... try it yourself... and it doesn't cost alot too...


Ridiculous Shopper said...

I did my nails for years too. I have tried so many salons I lost count! I really do wish I could find and stick to one person, but it seems almost an impossible thing to do. Salon personnel don't always remain the same and some hair dressers simply go too far away to travel to and from.

The bring-your-own-tools is a great tip if you really, really must visit a salon!

I'd also suggest disposable plastic bags draped over foot tubs as another way to help prevent the spread of fungi.

ON THAT NOTE!! Has anyone else seen the article on fish pedicures?

Here's the link, please copy and paste in your browser for the story! It is wild!

amy_girl905 said...

I used to go to a salon that used disposable tools, they opened the package in front of you before starting.

and for the drills the pieces sat in sanitizer til used... still they replaced them often.

I did however stop using the salon because of money. It was just too expensive. Now I do my own, and my husbands (he loves it) on a regular basis... keeps us both happy and healthy.. and an excuse to spend extra time together.

Ridiculous Shopper said...

Savings is always a definite plus along with healthier feet for sure!

Disposable tools is not something I have come across in all my years of saloning. It sounds like a great idea but, how many salons are willing to absorb the cost?

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