Friday, May 13, 2011

New York Nail Bars

Since living in New York I have joined in with the weekly ritual of getting a manicure.  Now, this may seem extravagant, but in this city you can get your nails done for as little as $10.  This is much cheaper than in England, where is can cost $30-$50.  As in England, pedicures are more expensive and cost upward of $25.  However, many nail bars off specials Monday-Wednesday and you can get both for around $30.

There are lots of different nail bars to choose from and I tend to visit different ones depending on where I am and how busy they are.  I find that the service very much depends on the individual treating you and how many customers they have waiting.  I have been to quite a few places and they all tend to be very similar. 

Booking isn't necessary and most places work on a walk-in basis.  However, if possible, try to avoid going on Friday and Saturday afternoons as these are the busiest times and you may have to wait.  I also find the service isn't as good during these times.

As with everything in New York, time is of the essence, so don't expect your manicure to be a long drawn out affair. You do get a short hand massage but otherwise it's straight down to business, some places have you in and out in 15 minutes!  Pedicures, however, tend to be more relaxing and take longer.

Some nail bars charge a $1 for the quick dry top coat and use of the nail dryers.  I think it is worth it though as your nails will be dry by the time you leave and tend to last a lot longer.

After you have had your nails done you may be offered a massage.  They cost about $12 for 10 minutes and take place in the massage chairs on the shop floor.  Don't worry you stay fully clothed while you are given a shoulder, back, neck and head massage.  I get one now and again, but beware they can be very hard and sometimes I have found myself in pain rather than relaxing! 

Tipping is usually given in cash even if you pay with a credit card.  Many places require a minimum spend on a card, so make sure that you have enough cash before going in.

Overall, the manicures I have been given always look great when I leave the spa and last between 2 and 5 days depending on how well it was done.  Pedicures last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks and I get mine done about once a month.  I enjoy my weekly manicures and like having nice nails.  Give it a try!

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