Lisa’s Nails on Alamo in Vacaville

I’ve never had a pedicure so this was my first experience. I went with a friend and we were told “there’s two chairs over there” so we went and sat. My chair, a massage chair of some sort, was not working right and I tried asking for help but they acted like I was speaking Spanish to a Vietnamese. They didn’t even bother looking up, but whatever… Maybe they couldn’t hear me.

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We sat in those chairs for probably an hour? With no one saying ANYTHING to us at all. I’m not experienced so I don’t know if this is normal but my friend was getting anxious…she’s way too nice so she thought about leaving but didn’t. I asked her if she wanted to go but she’s the type that doesn’t really make waves so we kept waiting. It’s true, they speak Vietnamese and to each other but so what? That’s true of every nail shop I’ve been to! I don’t know why people are saying they can’t relax, just tune it out!

Anyway, the pedicure itself was meh. I won’t be doing those. The girl was nice enough not to laugh when I said the water and towel were too hot (I’m a wimp so it’s not her fault.) The peach scrub thing smells nice the “massage” was basically oiled leg rub down of some sort but not what I think of when I think massage. So I don’t know if that’s normal but I won’t be coming back so it’s irrelevant.

On thing I found disturbing is I didn’t see them bring out fresh auto claved tools… I can only HOPE they do, but I don’t know… I didn’t even think about it til I got home and my toes hurt because she did a LOT of skin trimming! Is that normal? I cut my nails, not my skin!! Anyway, I didn’t bleed or anything… I know people cut skin around nails on the hands too so it must be the same thing but I don’t like doing that either (which is another reason I do my own nails.) Again, probably not her fault, I’m just not used to it and after today I WON’T be used to it, thank god.

My friend said she likes the massage part of the pedicure, that it’s relaxing… me, I liked the chair…hers stopped working but again, the staff (even the one helping her) didn’t say a word or try to correct the situation, she acted like she didn’t speak English. And her nails were LONG!!! They were like an inch away from the finger tips! I was shocked but my friend didn’t say anything. I would have been scared…

Anyway all in all it was a meh experience. I’ve had better nail salon service experience but I’ve only done it for hands. So I still don’t know what the hooplah about pedicures is but ey, could be I’m just not girl enough for them. Towards the end I WAS sleepy but not because I was relaxed into mush, it’s because my mind had shut down after sitting for two hours!

Well, that’s it. Take this review as a noob with her first pedicure. But from the rest of the reviews, looks like I’m not the only one who’s like meh about this place. As for pricing? I have no experience so I can’t say if it’s good or not. For acrylics it’s 25, gels is 30 which is normal, refills are 20 but I overheard say that only applies if you’ve done it there. Which is weird but I guess that’s how they keep things “in house” but that did put me off. God forbid I get gels elsewhere and try to come here… Anyway I won’t be doing that, like I said, I do my own nails now. Oh, one more thing, they have an ATM in the salon so I guess it’s mostly cash only although I was able to use my atm with their machine so they do have it but my guess is they hide that because cash is well… better…if you get my drift. OK I’m really getting off this review now. Til the next review, thanks for reading!

And speaking of nails and art…

I’ve been doing some of that fun stuff like DIY french nails.

Did you know it wasn’t THAT hard to do?!  I didn’t!  It looks so complicated!

I guess it helps if you have some kind of coordination but even if you didn’t, there are tricks for that sort of thing.

A HUGE help for me in the beginning was, oddly enough, tape!  yeah, clear tape… like the kind you use for wrapping presents.  I suppose you could use other kinds of tape but that’s the one I had.

I found this picture online which kinda explains a bit on tape and nail art:

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Now here is something this pic and a bunch of other places didn’t tell me: You cannot put tape on nail polish that isn’t completely dry.

To do the french nail tips you’re basically doing the above except you only “stripe” the top part or you do the half and half but tape the bottom, not the top of the nail.

I basically painted my nails with baby pink (or beige or whatever your main colour is) and waited for that to dry completely.  When I got impatient and put the tape on, when I took the tape off, I took the base colour along with the tape.  Not cool.  I had to start over.  So word to the wise, wait for the base to DRY completely.  I mean rock hard.  No smudging, moving, anything no matter what you bump it against.  OK I guess if you banged it on something that chips nails anyway (gravel?) then it doesn’t matter…  But that’s being nit picky.  I’m talking about normal completely dry nails.

After the base is dry, you put a strip of tape at the tip of the nail (or if you’re really scared, you put a tape across the nail so the base is all covered except for the tip) and paint the tip with whatever you tip colour is.  If you’re doing a regular french, then it’s white nail polish or eggshell or off white.

While the white polish is wet, you pull off the tape and voila! perfect tips!   If your tape bled then either you didn’t tape it down well or you waited too long to pull off the tape.

(this is why the base has to be completely dry because I patted that tape down so nothing would bleed through!  That means no bubbles or lifted at the edge of the nail where the tip is.)

While looking for pictures on the process I came across this one:

I can’t read this language but how neat!?  Now I have new use for the binder hole mender things!  Do people still use those on paper?
I guess round stickers would work too.  I always say: Hey, if it works, go for it! 😀

Now there are other fancy nail arts out there using pinking shears or fancy shapes.  The point is have fun, right?  Me, I’ma stick to frenchs for now.  Incidentally, once you get really good at the tips you won’t even need the tapes anymore!   You end up with painted fingers sometimes, but it saves you the tape. 🙂  (getting polish off fingers is easy.  cotton tipped stick soaked in a bit of polish remover, go over fingers and voila! done.  Or you can go take a bath… that’s what I do.  Nail polish comes off easy for some reason after your skin’s soaked in water.)

This site (the one I found this round pic from) has a lot of fun projects.  You don’t need to read the language, just look at the pics, they’re not hard to figure out. 🙂  http://www.ye1.org/vb/showthread.php?t=724845 or you could go perusing over youtube.   Lots of nail art things there.

One day I’ll get my camera together and maybe do my own youtube…something like…how to get your left hand to not mess up your nail polish on your right hand! haha 🙂

See ya! 😀