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!

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Nail Polish blues… I got a quick fix!

Don’t you hate it when you’re at home, do your nails, THINK the damn things are dry and this happens:

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Well the nail on the left.  I got this picture off google and I don’t know what the product on the right is BUT I can make my nails look like this even when they kinda look liket he one on the left.  How?  Simple trick I observed at the beauty parlour aka salon.

Whenever I ruin my polish there (and when DON’T I??) they always do this:  They get a bit of acetone and rub their finger on top of the nail.  VOILA! Smooth as silk…

So…. I went and tried it at home.  Mind you it’s ACETONE, not nail polish remover so if you have that and it doesn’t work, don’t come yelling at me.  I have pure acetone bc I hate having to rub a million  years to rub my polish off my nails.  Acetone is very quick.  YES, it’s drying to the nails so lotion lotion lotion!  And don’t do a lot of changes to your nails and I think they should be fine.

In any case, use the top of the bottle to “hold” your acetone and dip your finger tip (be sure not to touch the nail bc then your polish will run) then do a swoop motion on your mucked up nail.  Acetone dries quickly so make a pass once or twice.  Any more and you’ll muck it up more because the polish will be “sticky” and you’ll drag your finger on it making it worse.  But if you do it fast and quick, then like magic, your polish will be smooth as silk!  OK maybe not like silk… but like the picture on the right! 😀

Yeah you’ll probably get a smudge on your finger but that’s OK, get a cotton tip stick thing (q tip?) and dip that in the acetone and remove your polished finger tip.  Now you’re done and you can go on with your day! 😀