It's a nice salon in black, white and grey colors, with half a dozen professional pedicure chairs with massage. Those chairs are a huge selling point for me. I literally hate being bent over a tub of water to have someone do my feet. It is much more relaxing to be able to recline and have the chair massage me.
I asked for a French shallac mani and a regular French pedi. Great job on the hands. The feet - not so much. Two different ladies working on feet and hands. I don't think the pedi lady knew what she was doing. She put on one coat of base first and then the white line. She seemed totally mystified when she went back to do the second base coat, covering the white line, as to why you couldn't see it anymore. WTF?! I've also never had a pedicure when Vaseline was applied on the wet nails directly after.
Great Shallac mani. No issues. She knew her stuff.
There were several other customers coming and going and the mani/pedi took FOREVER to finish because these 2 ladies were the only ones working there! They constantly stopped to answer the phone or to help other customers. I have a feeling if Maja was still there, things would have gone differently.
The spray tan was probably the best I've ever had anywhere on any continent (in terms of product). Streak free and the lady (same one doing the pedi) has 8 years experience. I didn't come out orange and the coverage is great. I had a few small issues with the procedure - mainly that it took so long and I had to stand naked in front of a house fan for 30+ minutes, left alone, until it dried. Also, something to think about: If you are large-breasted, you're going to need to bring a tube or strapless bra to hold up the girls to have the undercarriage sprayed; otherwise, you will end up with "D" shaped white areas underneath. Not cool.
The main issue that I had with the spray tan was the environment. Holy shit. The room itself is fine, but the door they have is frosted glass with lines of transparency through them. And no door lock. I was more exposed at this salon than I ever have been at my GYN's office, so the least they could do would be to have decent privacy for customers. While I was there, other customers were walking by the door and looking in at me holding up the twins, buck neked. To make matters worse, anytime the spray lady walked out of the room, she obviously got great joy in leaving the door open so anyone walking by could see me standing there - either holding my boobies (for an hour in total) or spread-eagle standing in front of the fan. That is just WRONG. (If you go there, bring a roll of masking tape so you can cover the transparent parts on the door.) I shouted at her finally to close the door and so she then left me standing there for (no joke) 40 minutes while she went to change out of her uniform to go home for the day (no doubt, SHE changed somewhere with better privacy). It is a large salon and there were no other customers so I guess she didn't hear me calling her. A lot. And loud.
Spray Lady recommended (3-4 times actually) that I get into the UV tan machine to dry off the spray. I explained to her (3-4 times actually) that skin cancer runs in my family and that if I didn't go out in the sun because I don't want to destroy my skin - why should I get into a UV tan machine?? Right.Over.Her.Head.
Sidenote: Women (mostly Kuwaiti) who go to the UV tan machine more than the recommended 15 minutes per day: Are you fricking CRAZY?! Do you know how bad that is for you? Do you have any idea how bad you are going to look later in life (that is IF you survive the cancer)? OMG. There was one woman who came into the salon and the workers told me that she comes in 2 times a day for 30 minute sessions. Her skin is going to look like leather. And then they're going to have to cut out those basil cells with a scalpel and she'll have big chunks of skin missing. I had no idea that people were still that stupid. But hey - nothing should surprise me anymore.
So now I have a dilema; go back for more great tan (with a roll of masking tape and something to keep the door closed), or never to return. Does anyone have recommendations of other spray tanning salons that are good?