A few tricks to save money on your manicure

December 10, 2014

Generally, the cost of a manicure varies between $10 and $50, depending on the services you choose. To give you an idea, you can have a standard polish, French manicure, acrylic nails, nail art and more.

No need for extras

There’s no need to break the bank for nails worthy of a celebrity. After all, you don’t really need the fizzy lemon water, essential oils and all of the typical frills that are provided in urban or health spas. The ambiance of a storefront nail boutique may be a little less fancy than a spa, but the care you receive will be just as professional, with impeccable results.

Basic services

To keep the cost of a manicure at a minimum, opt for a complete manicure (exfoliation, massage, paraffin treatment) only on special occasions. An express manicure, which lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and includes cleaning your nails and applying polish, is sufficient for the rest of the time. Do you prefer artificial nails? With all the competition between salons, you’re sure to come out ahead of the game, so shop around. And all you nail art (piercing, stencils, designs) aficionados, be warned: you could see your total bill increase by 20 per cent or more.

Nail bars

If you have some time between a couple of appointments or during your lunch hour, you should give a nail bar a try for a quick coat of polish or a nail repair. Nail bars, which are now trending in the U.S., are an alternative to spas for those among us who wish to save time and money, all while hanging out in a trendy spot. These pros will go out of their way to give you the look of a diva in record time.

A few tricks

To save even more on the cost of a manicure, think about visiting an aestheticianschool. Students will have the opportunity to practice their art under the watchful eye of their teachers. And you just may want to treat yourself to that small diamond you’ve been wanting for your baby finger nail. But if this type of adventure seems a little too daring for you, you can always turn to an in-home nail technician. The fact that they don’t have a lease to pay may mean that the cost of a manicure is much more affordable.

Bargain hunting

Here are a few more tricks to help you make the most of a good opportunity:

  • Purchase a subscription package of several salon care sessions. The unit price will go down by about 15 to 20 per cent.
  • Subscribe to one or several salon newsletters so you can receive their promotional offers.
  • Buy Internet group packages. Because of the larger number of sales, suppliers are willing to give worthwhile discounts. However, before you purchase, inquire about the reputation of the salon that’s providing the discount. How long have they been in business and what are the conditions of the offer?

Taking care of yourself

Put an end to your excuses for not providing your hands with the royal treatment they deserve. Big diva or small diva, you too can benefit from a work of art on your fingertips.

A few tricks to save money on your manicure
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