The woman who has been doing my nails for the past 5 years recently switched careers, so I have been looking for an excellent nail tech. My natural nails have always been razor-thin and terribly weak. No matter how carefully I tend to them, they bend painfully at the slightest thing, so I wear an acrylic overlay for strength and stability.\r
My first attempt to find a new nail tech was at Salon 550. The nail tech was the owner. The appointment was excessively long; the full set took 2 hours. Athough the acrylics lasted almost three weeks without chipping or peeling, the shaping was terrible; by far the worst I've seen in 15 years of having acrylics. My nails were very thick, very lumpy (!), and unnatural. I made it clear when we started the appointment that I prefer short, neat, very natural-looking nails, but they looked anything but natural when she was done. I would honestly be surprised to find out that she was even licensed--there is no way she has had sufficient training or experience with acrylics. Her skills were so bad that the nail tech I saw for the next fill laughed when she saw my nails--she thought I had done them myself. \r
I have never written a review like this before but my experience at Salon 550 was such a poor value that I thought I'd let other people know. Since I am in the process of finding a good nail tech, I know how easy it is to waste a lot of money while you try to guess which salon provide the most skilled service. I wish more online reviews and resources were available.\r
The salon atmosphere was cordial but a little chaotic, overly casual for the high salon/spa cost ($45), and very gossipy. Overall I was very disappointed in the service I received and put off by the atmosphere. I definitely cannot recommend this salon for nail services, and I will not be visiting for any other services.
Pros: People there were somewhat friendly
Cons: Everything else