July 18, 2018

Musings: 10 Things You Might Notice in London Nail Salons

Before you come for me (lol), I’ve been getting my nails done in London my whole life and whilst I’ve never been 100% loyal to a particular salon I have noticed a few things are prevalent throughout the years.

1. Your Appointment is rarely kept to. You better set aside a 2-3 hour window and be prepared to either wait for your service or your nails to dry. 

2. They’ll make you pay for flip-flops so come prepared. Set a reminder before you go, keep a pair in your car or pop to Primark before your appointment (if you have one).

Dollar green nails for my trip to LA in 2016. Read more: ​Memoirs: Hey LA – Part 1

3. Someone will always bring their badly behaved child in *sigh*

4. Some nail techs get offended when you see a mistake in their work. Criticism has gotta be constructive right? 

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The only nudes I have on my camera roll 🤔 . Booked via my favourite app @treatwell_uk #treatwellpartner #teamtreatwell [you can get £10 off your first booking with the code MYTREAT10] . . . . #lbloggersuk #bbloggersuk #bloggers #aesthetics #aesthetic #tumblr #adenfilter #snakeprint #mani #manicure #nails #shellac #gelnails #beautyblogger #bloggerstribe #fblchat #blogginggals

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5. The colour you want is always finished or never in stock. Namely OPI Bubble Bath, ummm if you know it’s popular, why not stock up. 

6. They’ll know if you went to another salon. 

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Counting down the time til my next trip 😭✈️ but making it go by with a manicure makes sure I don’t flip. Mixtape dropping soon… 🤫 Booked via my favourite self care app @treatwell_uk #treatwellpartner #teamtreatwell [you can get £10 off your first booking over £25 with the code MYTREAT10] . . . #lbloggersuk #bbloggersuk #bloggers #aesthetics #aesthetic #tumblr #adenfilter #snakeprint #mani #manicure #nails #shellac #gelnails #beautyblogger #bloggerstribe #fblchat #blogginggals

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I’m on the fence about this one as I like trying out different salons like I’m exploring at the moment as a #TeamTreatwell partner but I’ve always said ‘don’t cheat on people who do you good’. This applies to absolutely everything from relationships, restaurants and of course, your nails. 

7. The nail shop is most likely named: 

And of course it has no affiliation with California, no staff member is called Lisa and they don’t specialise in crystals or crowns either.

You can check out my California adventures here though.

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This shirt always makes me feel like I own a nightclub in Miami 😭 🐍 🇺🇸 . . Nails by @skinnydiplondon in their Covent Garden ‘Nail Club’ booked via my favourite app @treatwell_uk #treatwellpartner #teamtreatwell [you can get £10 off your first booking with the code MYTREAT10] . . . . #lbloggersuk #bbloggersuk #bloggers #aesthetics #aesthetic #tumblr #adenfilter #snakeprint #mani #manicure #nails #shellac #gelnails #beautyblogger #bloggerstribe #fblchat #blogginggals

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8. They’ll say designs cost extra and make up a random figure at the end and you’ll have no choice but to pay it. 

9. Sometimes they just don’t get it right, you’ll ask for ombre and they’ll give you flowers. *deep sigh* 

10. Some of them just aren’t clean, which in this case, just leave. If it’s cheap, it usually isn’t quick or good. And if it’s good, it doesn’t mean its cheap or quick.

What are some things you notice in nail salons you go to? 

Read more: Musings: Holy Grail Nails

Char xo

All photos belong to me but the gifs are sourced from GIPHY as per usual.

6 responses to “Musings: 10 Things You Might Notice in London Nail Salons”

  1. Hunida says:

    Ah I used to get my nails done every two weeks for three years but noticed how damaged my nails were getting so I had to stop! Can’t believe they make you pay for your own flip flops over there! & oh my gosh the guilt I used to feel when I went back to a favorite spot after trying out a new one. They always know!

  2. Bexa says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post Char. I’ve never had my nails done in a salon so this was quite eye opening. Paying for flip-flops seems a bit cheeky. Great tip on bringing your own cheap ones. I’ll remember that if I ever get mine done. Thank you for sharing 💖 xx

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  3. Megan says:

    I always get caught out my number 6! They can always tell when you did your nails elsewhere lol

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