A great nail tech is hard to find. I’ve been on the hunt for an amazing nail salon for months now. I didn’t think it would be that hard considering there are so many throughout Chicago. Recently I realized that my nail salon experience was no longer relaxing but had me feeling like I was supervising an employee. I wanted to get back to getting my nails and toes done being a treat and not a chore. I tried three places before heading to the Anthony Vince Nail Spa in Oak Brook, IL (40 minutes from home) and between the service, end result, and total experience all three places just weren’t up to par.
Here’s how Anthony Vince won me over:
- I was able to schedule an appointment. I love appointments. I love knowing that something will happen at a certain time and allow me to schedule other parts of my day around it. I made my appointment for 11am on a Saturday and I waited about 10 minutes before Andy got started on me. I requested Andy based on a referral from a lady whose nails were perfect.
- The atmosphere was great. I walked in and immediately felt relaxed. There was no loud music or tv playing or nail techs chatting loudly with each other. Every nail tech was focused on their current client and I loved that. Too many times I’ve been getting my nails done and the person is watching tv while buffing my nails or talking to the tech next to them with their head turned while filing, no bueno! Andy offered me water, asked questions about how I wanted my nails, and made polite conversation; the music that was playing wasn’t obnoxious and contributed to a relaxed experience.
- Even though I hadn’t scheduled it, I decided to get a pedicure after my nails and was able to get in a chair/bowl right away. Everything happened in a good amount of time where I didn’t feel like I was waiting forever or my time was being wasted.
- The place was so clean and absolutely stunning. As far as pedicure bowls went, every bowl had Clorox bleach cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles nearby to clean and disinfect the bowls after each person. The techs used brand new individually wrapped tools on each person, reminiscent of hospital supply packaging for gauze and such. There was a wax room off toward the back of the salon and when I peeked in there was no gunky wax all over everything or used sticks lying around. It just looked like they took time to clean and maintain after every person and that made my heart smile.
- Finally, my nails and toes came out amazing! Andy got my coffin/ballerina shape exactly how I wanted it. The polish job was great (before I smudged it slightly later in the day). My pedicure was awesome with hot towel leg wraps and a great foot massage. And the dryer station was actually a dryer with fans blowing not just regular light bulbs! It was just nice to be able to relax again.
Overall, this was the best nail salon experience I’ve had in years. I’m not hard to please I just expect a certain type of experience and I’m glad I found it. There are multiple Anthony Vince Nail Spa locations throughout the country so I encourage you to try it out for a similar experience.
What’s on your must-have list when it comes to nail salon experiences? Let’s chat in the comments!