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How To Choose A Quality Nail Care Salon? (7+ Tips)

By Sejla Selimovic
May 17, 2023
6 minutes
How To Choose Quality Nail Care Salon

Beauty salons are women’s favorite places to visit, next to shopping malls, and beauty treatments are considered almost equal to psychology therapy. It is something that we should enjoy and relax while technicians are taking care of our bodies.

Nail care is very common in most beauty salons, and when it comes to nail care, there are several things we need to keep in mind to check before we entrust our lovely nails, hands, feet, and skin, especially if we are visiting for the first time.


To ensure that we get the best possible service, care, and hospitality, and to get the results better than we imagined or wanted, here are X tips on what to look for when choosing the best nail care salon.

1. Hygiene

The first and most important thing that makes a quality nail care salon as well as all the other service-providing facilities is of course hygiene. The hygiene of a nail care salon considers a few things:

  • Hygiene of the salon

The first wave of energy, the first glance at the salon, and the first smell you feel and receive when you enter a nail care salon can tell you important things that will affect your opinion of the salon or the choice of one. What you want to feel when you open the doos is that the salon is redolent and vented out, light and pleasing to the eyes and smiling staff – this is a crucible for the professionality of the salon. Also, you will want to look for tables or spots with sanitizing products for customers’ use only. Professional salons and conscious staff have taken care of this.

  • Hygiene of the table

Before you sit on a chair to get your nails done, pay attention to what the technician is doing. After every appointment, every nail technician must provide a fresh and safe environment to continue with work. If there was a client before you, give the technician a few minutes to clean and sanitize tables and chairs for customers. If you do not see them do that, we suggest that you find a subtle way to remind them of this. Dusting the table and cleaning the armchair is first that should be taken care of.

  • Hygiene of tools

Every professional and high-quality salon has hygiene of tools as its priority. Most salons tend to have multiple sets of tools that one treatment requires so clean and sanitized tools are used for every appointment, especially when one appointment is right after the other. Cleaning and sanitizing of the tools should be done with sanitizing products (such as liquids or gels or pure alcohol) and a UV light treatment. If a nail technician does not bring sanitized tools in a confined bag and open them in front of you, do not be afraid to politely ask about their sanitizing methods. Every professional nail care technician will be more than happy to share it with you, which is a sign they do it properly. If they refuse to answer, it should be the first red flag.

2. The quality and brands of the nail care products

What you pay for to be put on your nails should be another thing you want to check and know. If you haven’t noticed any of the products on the shelves inside a salon, then it is probably kept inside a drawer. Usually, the bottles of gel lacquers and colors are located close to a nail tech’s table where it is handy to get them. A very high percentage of expensive nail care products are what its price tells about. If you were not able to “catch” what gels are techs using, ask them a few questions on what are their favorite nail product brands and why. Research the mentioned brands and see for yourself – a good brand exists for at least 10-15 years on the market.

3. Customer service and staff behavior

As we said above, a warm smile is what you should be greeted with when visiting the salon. Every good business and every salon will work the way its clients are treated. Taking good care of clients and providing comfortable hospitality is one of the fundamental things for a business/salon to work long and well. Also, how the staff treats each other is important – you want to be in the hands of a united team that agrees and cooperates. Professionalism, kind words, and short clear, relatable questions create a fine atmosphere in no time. After all, you as a customer are there to spend hours and to spend them with pleasure.

4. Certification

Every good nail care salon craves knowledge and improvement. It can sometimes be tricky because you will see the best how good the work is only once you try it. But, some things can give us a clue if nothing. Salons also point out the certificates of their workers. Certificates can tell us how devoted the whole place is. Find time to read some of them. It is important how many certificates are there as well as who assigned them. The more the better, but keep in mind that some courses last for days and provide all sorts of education and work.

5. Reviews

A professional and good salon has its fingers in every corner of the media. They make sure they are daily active and recognized by the local and global platforms. Starting from its website and social network, Google Maps location and Google reviews are places where you can research and get to know the salon you are visiting before stepping foot into it. Customer reviews are most reliable to determine whether you want to treat yourself in it or not. If you are not used to giving a place, brand, or salon a review after the visit, you should start sharing your experience and help others find what they are looking for, and your favorite salon to get even more recognized and appreciated.

6. Prices and services

Before you think this will be another “the more expensive the better” talk, you’re wrong. When it comes to the prices of services of a nail care salon, what you want to pay attention to is how detailed it is. Meaning, that some salons include a couple of services in one, while others like to group them or separate them by a single difference. For example, gel manicure considers cuticle care, nail shaping, gel application, and nail art in some salons, and in some, those are four different services that are paid separately/additionally. Read the price menu in detail, or ask the staff about all that you want to know.

7. Location, working hours, and number of employees

Location, working hours, and number of employees are things that are not crucial when you want to decide if the salon is good or not, but there are some components that can tell you other things about the salon. Salons that are easily accessible do not always mean they are the best in town. Explore the area or ask the locals about recommended salons, you might be surprised and find a hidden gem stuck between resident buildings or no-traffic streets. If the things that we listed and explained above are on point, you can tell how busy the place is so that you can expect how crowded the schedule is and when can you expect the next available appointment. Working hours should be proportional to the number of employees. If there are two workers only, the salon should be able to work 8-10 hours. And if there are more employees, the salon should work 12 hours. Of course, state policies and legal rules are not included.


Choosing the best salon is like choosing a dentist. What matters is the quality of the service and the satisfaction that the visit gives you. We all want to feel special when we visit beauty salons, especially regarding services such as massages, pedicures, facials, and so on.

Sometimes, our favorite nail technician is in a less pleasant salon. But we put up with some little things when we are guaranteed quality service and the desired result of work.

Remember, small things you can put up with. But the things we mentioned are the signs of a high-rated, good, and popular beauty and nail care salon. Under no circumstances do not settle for anything below a clean salon and harsh, offensive, or unkind staff. No matter if somehow they provide quality, dirty salons, and unkind staff cannot hold the business or not customer satisfaction.

Sejla Selimovic
Hi, my name is Sejla Selimovic and I am a professional manicurist and nail art technician. With a heightened sense of aesthetics and a great passion for beauty, I work on beautifying the days and nails of many ladies. With over 4 years of experience, I am the co-CEO of the beauty salon "The NN-Nailz Difference". My goal when I started doing this business was to make every dream of my dear clients come true, no matter how demanding it was. Through certified work and experience, every step of the way I ensure that my clients receive a significant, high-quality, relaxing and refreshing treatment.
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