When deciding what
nail salon to choose it is imperative that you do your research. There is
nothing worse that choosing the wrong place and getting a poor manicure or pedicure. The
repercussions can range from an ugly manicure or pedicure to a serious infection. Currently
localities are requiring more and more that these nail salons be licensed and inspected
periodically for compliance with sanitization standards. The fact that using cutting tools on
the skin can create an opportunity for infection is the primary concern for
Once you’ve found a licensed
nail salon the next step may or may not be the location. Obviously, it needs to be
convenient for you patronize, however, that should not be your primary consideration. Driving
an extra 30 minutes is not an issue if you’ve found the right place! Once you’ve found the
right nail salon you will probably never ever leave them. Your relationship with the
manicurist or pedicurist is extremely important and should never be overlooked. Since you will
be getting a pedicure and manicure regularly you’ll be spending a lot of time with these
people. You must enjoy being with them!
When you enter the nail salon look around. Does it look clean? Does it appear to be sanitary and
tidy? These are the first clues to the conscientiousness of the employees and you can expect
the same in the work they do for you. If the manicurist or pedicurist is tidy and keeps and
clean work station you can expect a professional job. On the other hand, if the area is
unkempt and dirty, you can expect that they don’t follow the sanitary guidelines they are
supposed to and will put you in jeopardy. You will probably get a sloppy effort at best and
they almost inevitably will cut some corners on your pedicure or manicure.
Do they have sample of their
work for you to see? Look for photos of happy clients and pictures of the work they’ve done.
You may want to look for an internet presence also. If they have spent the time and effort to
put together a comprehensive website then you know that they expect to be in business for a
while and are trying to build a reputation. If the webpage is just a generic free page you can
assume that they are not putting any effort into building a business.
Look for references. Find out
what other clients think of them. If they are not very good you know someone is squawking
about it somewhere. Check the Better Business Bureau and local commerce sites to find out how
viable and legitimate this business truly is. Do they advertise in the yellow pages? If you
put their name in an internet search do they come up?
How are you greeted when you
walk in the door? Is it a pleasant greeting or are they just assuming that you are there to
buy and no further effort is required? Are they trying to earn your business? The better your
first impression the chances the better your overall experience will be.
Do they offer other services
and products? You don’t want to frequent a nail salon that doesn’t have focus. If they have
other things for sale like life insurance, laundry detergent, or other non-related items, you
can assume they are not focused. If, however, they have related articles for sale, you can
assume that the business is focused. If the business is focused then it knows the nail salon business! You should see nail polish, files,
nail clippers, hand and foot lotion, and other manicure and pedicure related products for
sale. These items are part of their overall business plan and reveal a focused
Shopping for a nail salon is
an individual thing, but these guidelines should get you started to find the right nail salon