I recently went to a salon called ‘The Sun Rooms’ Newman Street W1 to have my first gelish manicure. I had bought a voucher deal through wahanda for the service for £15.
I already vaguely knew the salon as it’s in the area where I work but I hadn’t been there before but I hadn’t visited before so didn’t know what to expect. To cut a long story/whinge short – I was very disappointed.
When I first sat down at the manicure area I noticed it was quite grubby, which on first impressions alone is off putting. The nail girl joined me and showed me the available colours – I say available because from a range of around 40 colours they had about 10 – I was struggling to decide because the range was limited and frankly, not very nice. I was looking for something neutral but nice and could choose between clear, a sheer camel shade or baby pink. I felt really rushed, the woman openly sighed when I said I wasn’t sure, making me feel rushed so I ended up going for clear. This was a mistake.
So the manicure continued, with some pretty vicious cuticle work. I’m not a trained therapist so don’t know for sure but I always thought that cutting cuticles wasn’t advised anymore? But do correct me if I’m wrong on that.
As she started to do the gelish nails she used a prep thing that looked finished but she desperately tried to squeeze the last drop out. (totally get that they need to use products up but found this was just another factor that made the manicure feel rushed & not thorough).
The worst bit though was the finish. Once the gelish was complete I was left with it over hanging at the edges, there was fluff stuck to some nails and areas where the gelish was making my nails stick to my skin, which was:
C: meant that a manicure that was supposed to last for weeks had peeled off within 3 hours (on one nail.
You can see how the gelish is over hanging here.
There were also bits where it over hung the nail that were ragged and a bit sharp.
I left feeling so disappointed, rather than looking at pretty nails that would stay that way for my holiday, I had crappy nails that looked better when I went to the salon than when I left.
I went back to the salon to complain but there wasn’t time to fix it before my holiday. They have offered to do another set for free, but to be honest I don’t think I want to go back!
I hope to book in for another gelish manicure elsewhere, so this hasn’t out me off totally but I
Really unimpressed and wouldn’t go back to that salon again.
I also feel like I should add that it’s not the end of the world that I had a bad manicure, but in the spirit of beauty blogging I wanted to share my experience to hopefully help someone else avoid it in future!
Also, thank you to Sarah from I heart cosmetics who helped by sending me instructions on how to remove the Gelish!
Manicure paid for by me.