In The VIP Chair: Nail Tek Jersey City

In The VIP Chair salon reviews

Nail Tek, 154 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

The door to this salon was open, which I didn’t think was too out of the ordinary given it was slightly humid. That was until I walked in and was greeted by the most powerful nail vanish smell I had encountered on my reviews thus far. It was bad and I should have trusted my gut and walked right back out of that door. I was desperate (always am) and had such a small window of time to get my nails done in preparation for Easter celebrations. My husband was looking after our little cherub and I just needed to get in and out and get my nails looking like they were loved.

The staff seemed friendly enough and they did have a good selection of vanish colors. What was strange is that they had polishes in shelves around the room so I completely missed the Essie ones and I guess others do to because they looked as if they were mostly separated. My nail technician was so friendly and did a good job; in fact the service was great which is why I guess it was so busy. What wasn’t great is the state of the salon, let’s put aside the pungent smell for a moment and that only some technicians were wearing masks, the salon was dusty and dirty. Which is such a shame because it does have potential. My polish job was good and my manicure lasted a full 4 days without a single chip, which is a miracle for a working Mom like me who constantly has her hands in dishwashing liquid cleaning something.  What I did love is that they had a big screen TV that normally is not my cup of tea at all as I much prefer relaxing music however this particular day I quiet enjoyed watching Steve Harvey showcasing some seriously talented and adorable little kids in his TV show Little Big Shots.

Overall the staff makes this place because they are so helpful and friendly. I left with my nails done well but with a headache from the terrible fumes. Not sure I will be returning anytime soon.


Until next time,

Ruth Shelling


  • Ambience: Busy, hot and strong smell of polishes
  • Cleanliness of salon: dusty and dirty
  • Polish: Manicure & Pedicure: OPI ‘Love is in my Cards (Retails $7-$10)
  • Polish job & chip factor: Good polish job. My toes lasted 3 weeks and my manicure a full 4 days without a chip
  • Brands They Stock: Essie, CND, OPI, Essie and Color Club
  • Color range: Good color range
  • Customer engagement: Friendly and helpful
  • Price range: Pedicure $23, Manicure & Pedicure $35, Manicure $13
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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