The manicurist, Quan, did an okay job for a gel fill but the product he used did not have any identification on it. Also, he put some of the gel product on my skin which is a big no-no. My pedicurist was terrible. She was barely paying attention to her work and seemed to rush through the process. I didn't feel the work was worth the price of the pedicure much less a decent tip. I usually am a good tipper but strongly believe that the work performed has to merit the tip. I don't just tip 15% because it's standard. The salon was also unkempt and didn't clearly display manicurist licenses or cleanliness grade levels. I wouldn't return there.
These are things to consider when checking out a salon: (all from WRAL's website; I couldn't attach the link here)
""A few red flags that suggest consumers might want to try a different salon:
* They use unmarked bottles.
* The technician can't tell customers what's in the products.
* The products smell unusually strong or strange.
* The technician scrapes or cuts customers’ skin.
""Experts said that, during a proper gel manicure, the technician uses a file to barely roughen the top of the fingernails, then rushes an all-in-one gel onto the nails, not the surrounding skin. Then, they use a UV lamp to harden the gel.
But experts warn that most of the ingredients used in nail products are not tested for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they're sold. In fact, some of the acrylics used with gels can be associated with fingernail damage and deformity.""
Be informed or else your bad experience can become a health issue later.
Pros: No wait time
Cons: Unsanitary, poor decor, unfriendly