In The VIP Chair: Top Ten Nails Larchmont NY

It was a few days before a major holiday weekend and I had been putting off getting a mani and pedi until a day before I left on vacation so it could look fresh and vibrant. I walked into Top Ten Nails in Larchmont and was greeted by the latest and greatest pop music playing and a woman sitting behind what looked like an office reception desk. This salon is big and was so busy that I could not see a spare seat in the place. Despite this, they managed to squeeze me in, I literally went to choose my polish color (more on that later) and 5 seconds later they had found an available chair for me – now that’s efficient!

I was surprised to see more conservative polish colors stocked – think reds, purples, blues, and tans, but no fun and fruity fluros or super bright/crazy colors. Let’s be honest, I’ve never been one for those types of colors myself but it is interesting to walk into a salon and see the polish colors that are stocked, it can lead to great insight into the demographic living or visiting that salon. And, yes I am always the marketer analyzing things like this. Take a look next time you go to get your nails done and let me know what you find.

I had an amazing male nail technician who doubles as a massage therapist. When I found that out I opted for a 10-minute foot massage, which was so incredible. He used the perfect amount of pressure so that my ridiculously ticklish feet didn’t kick him in the face. Now that would have been embarrassing, not a first for me though.

I chose OPI’s deep rich burgundy What’s The Hatter With You for my fingers, not a typical choice for this time of year but I’ve never been one for following seasons. For my toes, I went OPI’s  Koala Bear-Y a beautiful pink/berry color. My technician was meticulous and did such a fabulous job, I mean my pedicure lasted 5 weeks before it got a tiny chip – I believe that is a record.

This was a really clean, fun and professional salon, I would definitely come back again.

Until next time,

Ruth Shelling

Ambience: Loud pop music, not relaxing, but had a fun atmosphere. Could be because it was the day before a major holiday weekend?

Cleanliness of salon: Really clean, instruments came individually wrapped also which is a good sign

Polish: Manicure OPI’s What’s The Hatter With You  and pedicure OPI’s  Koala Bear-Y– Retails $8-$10.

Polish job & chip factor: Fabulous polish job, my fingers lasted 5-days and my toes a full 5-weeks!!

Color range: Vast range of polishes, Essie, OPI, CND and OPI GelColor.

Customer engagement: Professional greeting. Fun and Friendly nail technician.

Price range:  Green Tea Manicure and pedicure with 10 minute foot massage: $38, regular pedicure $20, regular manicure $10, basic manicure and pedicure special $25

Ruth Shelling

As the Publisher for, Ruth has 20-years of media, marketing, and sales experience. Currently, she writes the quirky and funny column In the VIP Chair with Ruth Shelling that is all about the crazy salon experiences she has throughout Manhattan and New Jersey.

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