6 Reasons you should avoid the 8$ manicure

As the owner of LADY LAIR , I feel obligated to communicate why you should AVOID the inexpensive Manicures and  Pedicures. You get what you pay for and nothing is more important than your health. 

1. Let’s get started with the cold, hard facts – there is NO such thing as a “cheap” manicure (that’s of quality). Shops will cut back on product quality, second only to hygiene practices. Salons will share what I consider to be “personal” items between clients, because the price you pay doesn’t cover good hygiene practices. Your nail file, nail buffer and cuticle stick carry dirt and germs so when those tools are saved to use on the next client, so are the germs. These items are porous, therefore they absorb bacteria and bodily fluids. It’s not uncommon for 20-30 people to share the same nail file or buffer when subjecting yourself to the dangers of the “cheap” manicure. 

2. For salons that lure customers in with a cheap manicure, the numbers just don’t add up. As such, the salons will also need to make cut backs with polish, so the options will be minimal and most likely thinned out with fillers to make the color stretch. Salons will choose poor emollients, nail enhancement products and low quality tools. As for wearability, underperforming top and base coats are utilized. Why? Because the low price point just can’t support quality products.

3. If your salon opens at 9a and closes at 9p, rest assured that the severely underpaid staff members worked that ENTIRE day. So, while you love the convenience of twirling in for an end of day wax and spa pedicure at closing time, this comes at a cost to the nail tech you’ve grown to know and love. They become exhausted cutting corners to save time and energy. 

4. If the price changes when you use a credit card, this is usually because it’s a cash run operation which doesn’t properly reporting business income. If you are using cash, that money isn’t going to be reported to the IRS, so the owners will often keep the tip to cover their taxes and credit card processing fees. As horrible as this sounds, it’s definitely not unheard of.

5. Mani AND pedi for under $20? Let’s break this down:

Minimum wage in NYC is close to $12.00

Considering employee expenses, that will be an average of another $2-3/hour

Factor in products and cost of business (nearly $6) and you are at $20 before that one hour service is even completed

Subtotal: $17.75 (again, the numbers just don’t add up)

* Sadly, this equation only makes sense when you take out the payroll costs

6.  Low nail technician wages. The $7 manicure leads to $2-3 tips. For a technician working for no or low salary, that can easily equate to a lower than minimum wage earning. Salons have downtime throughout the day when there are no services being performed. So an employee in this environment can easily walk home with $50 for an exhausting 9-10 hour work day. Can you imagine?

7. You know I couldn’t stop at six, so consider this a BONUS fact. The cutbacks that are made to lower the price of waxing services would have you running barefoot out of the salon! This is where you will see the MOST abuse and disregard for hygiene. I encourage you to stop cutting corners for this service and PAY for your waxing – period. Look out to ensure technicians do not double dip and discard all items including their gloves at the end of your service.

Lady Lair By AVM