Did I get a crappy manicure, or is this normal?
September 15, 2011 7:23 AM Subscribe
Is this how a manicure is supposed to look? I've never had one before, but I am sorely disappointed.
posted by vytae to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just got my first manicure yesterday, and I'm trying to gauge whether my expectations were too high or this salon just sucked. She trimmed my cuticles, but they look ragged rather than smooth. The polish doesn't go all the way to the edges of my nails, and in a few places you can see where only one coat of the polish covered a noticeable (1/8" along the back edge) area of a nail. I'm terrible at painting nails, but I know I would have gotten better coverage if I had done it myself. I even spoke up as my nails were drying and she was running the water for my pedicure, saying, "This looks a bit uneven." She offered to touch it up, and slopped a bit more polish and topcoat on the 3 fingers that were so awful I specifically pointed them out. But I still feel like it looks bad, and didn't feel comfortable pushing the issue any further.
So I guess my question is, is the polish supposed to have a smooth, clean line of 2 coats up to the cuticle and the sides of each nail? Or at least a smooth rather than ragged/wavy line where the polish starts and ends?
Possibly relevant details:
The facility bills itself as a salon/spa, and has hair and massage services too. They are not a chain. I thought I'd get better results avoiding the cheapo strip-mall places, but didn't want to spring for top-of-the-line spa, either. I had thought this place seemed like a nice compromise between the extremes.
They offer 3 levels of manicure, Express, Basic, and Spa, with the differences explained to me as how much time they spend massaging and whether or not you get paraffin treatment. Since I just wanted my nails to look nice afterward and didn't need all the pampering, I went for the Express treatment. Along with a pedicure, the whole thing took about an hour. $50 for the combined mani/pedi, in Minneapolis.
So -- expectations too high? Or did I pick the wrong place to go? I'd love any tips on how to get a better experience next time, whether choosing the salon or speaking up more with the nail technician or something else.