Sometimes you just want to live a little. I had one of those days recently, so I decided to treat myself to a manicure. I very, very rarely go to the nail salon for manicures. Pedicures that is a different story but manicures – no thanks… I refuse to pay money for something that does not last past two days. But that is not the case now, “no chip” manicures have saved the day! I have been getting my first no chip manicure for two years. For real. I’ve had the intent on getting one but it just has not happened! Every time I say I’m going to get one I find something better to do. Nothing. Usually my kids are at daycare and I’m off work. My plans always go this like – I’m going to hit the gym, do some laundry, work on the blog, cook dinner and treat myself to a manicure. What actually ends up happening is nothing. I do AB.SO.LUTE.LY fucking nothing. I might get up to go to the restroom but I usually strategize my beverages to avoid that too… Anywho, my colleague and I decided to go get manicures during lunch since I mentioned more than once I was interested in trying the no chip polishes.
Fast forward – lunch time comes so we grab our things to head to the nail salon. I am thoroughly excited about this manicure! I was tired of my nails looking like “you is kind, you is smart, you is important.” They deserved better. The manicurist was super nice and detailed. I picked out a neutral color and when she was done my nails looked great! They only took 30 seconds to a minute to dry (bonus)! And they were slated to last until the polish was purposely removed (super bonus)! I got up from the chair feeling godly. But the feeling quickly deflated. I was so deflated that I couldn’t appreciate my nails for two whole days! Here is what happened:
Me: *stands up* Thank you so much I really love this color! Do I pay you or the young lady in the front?
Manicurist: Upfront. Glad you like them!
Me: *smiles and walks off*
Manicurist: Thinking silently. I knew she wasn’t going to tip. As she rolls her eyes behind my head with her lips perched shaking her head in disgust.
Sidebar: I don’t know if this really happened but this is what I envisioned as I walked to the front. I did tip though; just after I paid.
Me: Hi she *points to manicurist* just finished my no chip manicure and I wanted to pay.
Salon receptionist: *punches buttons on register* How were your services today?
Salon receptionist: Ok, ma’am that will be $42.
Me: Oh, I’m only paying for one. *insert that awkward smirk you do when you’re telling someone they are wrong but in a nice way*
Salon receptionist: I know. *insert stop fucking playing with me smirk* It’s $42 for just you.
Me: What the fugg?! Bro, you know how many fucking bottles of nail polish I can buy with FOUR.TEE.TWO muddafugging dollars!? Thousands. No scratch that – I can buy all of them! I can make it rain sinful colors up in this BIH! FOUR.TEE.TWO gawtdamn dollars! She didn't do ANYTHING but polish my nails. No fancy smancy designs, rhinestones, feathers, bells - nothing. I’m not paying that shat – now what??? Is what I said in my head. What I said out loud was, “ok” with a fake ass it’s all good smile as I handed over my card.
I don’t have a problem paying for a service but come on; FOUR.TEE.TWO dollars for someone to simply polish my nails. I mean, cooommmme onnnnn…. That’s gotta fall close to a misdemeanor theft or sumnthing. It took me two days to get over that shit; hence why I could not appreciate my nails. I just don’t like spending money on those types of things. Although they did last awhile I will not get this service often. And by often, I mean more like NEVER again. The reason being is it compromised my nail bed. It left my nails feeling rough after the polish was removed. I don't do sandpaper nail beds. I just don't. In the meantime in between time, I will opt to do my own nails with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish. This is an extended wear polish that is formulated to last longer than traditional polishes. These lasted close to two weeks! I found this color at Target and will buy more!
What do you think? Do you splurge on no chip or go for traditional manicures? Or do you opt to be your own manicurist to save some coins?