So, our Associate Editor, Badge, had her first pedicure yesterday. Now she’s can be a girly girl, but typically does not indulge in services such as this. She was on her feet quite a bit this past weekend so I thought I’d treat her. Check out her review of Nails by Mary.
Nails by Mary
6175 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm
I didn’t know what to expect with my pedicure. I’ve gotten acrylics put on before at different salons and always left with something bleeding or not looking right, so to be honest, nail salons kinda freak me out. This experience was quite nice though.
Nails by Mary is a nail salon in Clairemont, San Diego. When you walk up to the storefront you can tell it has been there for a while. The owner of the salon is Mary and spoke with both my boss and I at length to make sure we were all good to go before she left for the day. It is Vietnamese owned and run.
My boss and I were walk-ins 15 minutes to closing and were still greeted warmly by all the ladies there.
Everyone was very nice, pleasant, and personable.
We were ushered to the chairs where you soak your feet. No time wasted getting us in and ready. The water was a little too hot for me, but the lovely lady who got us set up was nice and made sure it got to a comfortable temperature. I know you’re supposed to relax, but there was so much going on that I was just trying to watch everything. Unbeknownst to me, I was also getting a manicure. So, I had a nice young lady working on my feet and another nice lady working on my hands.
I asked that my cuticles not be cut since, as I described earlier, something always gets cut! They both listened to my request. They also told me that I didn’t have a lot of cuticle to begin with and that I was lucky.
The manicure came with a forearm massage which I wasn’t expecting. The manicurist was quite strong which felt good. I got a wonderful purple manicure. She did a great job considering I’m a chronic nail biter. I’ve been trying to stop nail biting and have found that when I’ve got a nice layer of nail polish on it curbs my habit for a bit. My manicure feels like it is really on there. When I do it at home I am guaranteed some chipping almost immediately, but having it professionally done really makes a difference. I have noticed a little dryness around my cuticles today, but maybe that is because I’m not used to that much attention on my fingertips.
My pedicurist was just the sweetest young girl. With everything going on, I forgot to get anyone’s name. My pedicurist was gentle yet thorough with the foot scrubbin’. I’ve got fairly nice feet, so she did a perfect job for the condition of my feet. My boss, on the other hand, has got some stuffs that needs takin’ care of. His pedicurist went to town, so they really cater to your needs without you even having to say much.
She trimmed my toenails perfectly and gave me a nicely done manicure of hot pink iridescent polish with a beautiful white flower design with jewel.
I was then given a pair of those disposable flip flops since I arrived in socks and tennis shoes. I was told that if I sat under the nail and foot lamps that it would help the polish to dry quicker. I was even instructed by both pedicurists how to walk and how long before I could put my shoes back on since I had more work to do.
Overall, I had a good experience. No cuts, nice looking manicure, and a good foot scrubbin’. For one pedicure and one mani/pedi it came out to about $53. The ladies were all very nice and we were in and out. Definitely a good place to go if you’re looking for some quick pampering.