I was feeling particularly happy after an intense yet successful physiotherapy session; I don’t know if it was the warmer weather after 4 months of below freezing temperatures, or the fact that I could finally touch my toes that put a spring in my step. As I walked down 14th Street, the bright purple sign for Spring Nail Beauty Spa caught my attention, and despite having a million things to do I decided I deserved to treat myself to a mani and pedi.
I stepped inside and was amazed by how big the salon was; 18 pedi massage chairs and 19 mani desks with what seemed to be an upstairs beauty section as well. I was greeted by the owner who didn’t even look up from her phone as she screamed for a manicurist while firmly telling me to choose my color (not going to lie, I wasn’t feeling like this was the treat that I wanted). Despite this my manicurist was actually very good, and tried to distract me as I squirmed in my seat because of my ticklish feet. Eventually my squealing like a little school-girl had the entire salon either laughing with me or staring at me like I was a crazy women (I really need to find a solution to this problem). I loved the end result of my pedi – the color Manicurist of Seville by OPI looked fabulous. For my mani I was feeling particularly nostalgic and choose an old favorite, OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. I would have found this a relaxing experience but was put off by the manicurist next to me who was eating her breakfast with her mouth open. Yes, the sounds were delightful, like nails on a chalkboard, and it took all of my strength to stay quiet and not give her a lesson on etiquette. This salon has the potential to be luxury but needs to learn to offer exceptional and engaging service. My manicurist was professional and very sweet, so overall I would go back to see her. Goes to show that people truly do make your business.
Until next time,
Salon Review: Spring Nail Beauty Spa – 210 W14th St, NYC
Ambience: Large space with no relaxing music, just TVs blaring the news
Cleanliness of salon: Clean and spacious
Polish: Lincoln Park After Dark & Manicurist of Seville by OPI – Retails $6-9
Polish job & chip factor: Lasted the typical 3-4 days
Brands they stock: OPI & Essie
Color range: They have an extensive color range
Customer engagement: Terrible greeting, didn’t even look up from her phone, however my manicurist was engaging & professional
Price range: Mani’s: $9 Pedi’s: $16 and Mani/Pedi Special $20