Benefits of a Professional Manicure: Why Go to the Nail Salon?

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Subject: great

I've paid for expensive and cheap, both did a wonderful job... guess it just depends where you go and where you live.


Subject: Price complaining

Just so you know, most of these people are getting paid a percentage of what you are charged (they are lucky if they are getting 50%). It costs at least $15,000 for schooling and you have to pay to keep your license yearly. If they work in a general salon, not a nail place, they pay for all of their stuff (polish, sanitizer, acrylic, gel, gel lamp, shelac, etc.) That stuff is not cheap. If you don't like what you are paying, go somewhere that is cheap. I will pay $40 over $20 any day. Anytime I have gone to a cheap place the work is crappy and the acrylics come off almost instantly.

Debbie Seda

Subject: salons, and their employees.

I go to only 2 salons. And both of them have let down so many times. It's true some ot these salons put your acrylic nails on either so quickly or the don't do it right. I've paid at least Well over 1000.00 dollars in th post 7-8 years getting y nails done. Someone please tell me where I can go to get a good nails full set done and I will be loyal to you for as long as I do my nails and it's not to expensive. The most i'll pay is 35.00- 50.00 $ wish me luck. I really would like to find just 1place to get the job done right.


Subject: Ruined Nails

I had acrylic nails for over 20 year, quit getting them about 3 years ago....It took a year to recover from them. Sally Hansen products help a lot and still do. I now have my own beautiful nails, that I typically manicure my self. mtc


Subject: cleansines or not??

I had been to a salon a month ago to get my hair done. Noticing that the nail manicurist was doing clients nails quickly was breeze.
Having my hair done, I had expected an amount of time that I would be there awhile. As glancing back and forth to the lady who was doing nails, would finish her client from a pedicure and call ipin the next cliwnt who walkd in next. She had only "rinsed" the basin where the prior client had her feet soaking in. She didn't clean it, much less scrub it. She only rinsed it with the small attachment tht was connected to the seat. I was appalled in what I saw.
No sterilization what'so ever. She continued to do ths with each client she had , that had their feet soaking in tht small tub.
Keep in mind I'm still having my hair done at this time and trying to view as much possible, for she isn't the only manicurist tht is doing this.
These clients that pay money to have they're feet done and trust these manicurist have NO IDEA in what happens bfore they sit in that seat.
I don't knw who to report on I'm in need of some help here.
My stylist had finished my hair aftr a sum of hours. So Im summing it up of knowing what they're timing is bfore they start a new client and after they leave of having a pedicure.
I knw tht I will not be having my feet in their care, whatsoever.


Subject: Just so you know, there are

Just so you know, there are pedicure chairs that have the hose attached to a bottle of sanitizer. You use it to sanitize between clients. If you are that worried, call the health department.


Subject: Report them to the State Board of Cosmetology!

Each state has it's own governing body that oversees cosmetologists, nail techs, and aestheticians, as well as all salons and schools operating in the state. Google "State Board of Cosmetology" for the state you are in and report the establishment AND the nail tech. This can be done anonymously. What they did is completely unsanitary, unsafe, and against state law... the nail tech can be fined & even have their licence taken away permanently (depending on if this is the first occurrence, &/or if any client was harmed due to their unsafe practices). The salon & it's owner can also be fined, as they are charged to oversee that all their employees adhere to the state's requirements & have their licences up to date. Again, if damages are great enough &/or this is a reoccurring infraction, the salon can have it's licence striped & be shut down for unsafe & unsanitary practices.

Also.... consider finding a NEW place to get your hair done. If one unsafe practice of an employee is overlooked (or condoned), who knows what else is being overlooked. I shudder at the thought. I was in the industry for years & won't set foot in a place that doesn't follow the strict guidelines of the board. Those laws are put there to keep the clients from becoming injured due to negligence.

Beverly Fritz

Subject: Pedicures

I would love to care for my nails and toe nails, why are they so expensive? I can't afford $40 bucks for a pedicure or manicure. Beverly


Subject: why $40.00

It's that expensive because people (americans) will pay it. If people stopped the price would go down. There is NO reason they should charge this amount of $. They lean from experience most of the time on the job training and they can get you in and out in 30 - 40 min. $40.00 an hr. is highway robbery. STOP paying that people.


Subject: Manicure

Shellac, acryic, gel polish, I have never had that type of manicure that did not ruin my nails for about a year. Patronized many different salons-all the same, ruined nails.


Subject: Ruined Nails

I completely understand. I have super thin nails to begin with. When I have them removed it feels as if they are ripping my nails off. (highschool prom). I am now nearly 33 and had my 2nd manicure about a year ago. Same thing no difference. This time I soaked them off myself at home with acetone. Still the same result. I just think there are some people who cant get manicures :( Us being two of them.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.