Thursday, October 20, 2011


Dawn Boyle

This past Wednesday I had an hour free and decided to go to a "SHE-SHE" nail spa near my house. I have been there a few times before. In fact, last year I got a rather large gift certificate from friends. I figured since it's coming up on the year mark I better use it up.

When you walk in there is a receptionist who asks what services you are there for. I requested a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow wax. I was ushered to the color station where I chose the polish for my nails, a very handsome (what would be the equivalent of a Asian Justin Beiber) took my pocketbook and cell phone and escorted me to a pedestal for my pedicure and handed me a menu. I looked directly into his eyes and said "I only want a regular pedicure and a French manicure". He nodded and proceeded to begin on my toes.

About 5 minutes into the treatment Ryan tells me that he is using a special brush on my heels to eliminate dry skin. I laid back and enjoyed being pampered. Once I was done I was taken over to the manicure area. I was introduced to Suki who did a wonderful job on my nails. She asked if I would like a massage, I replied no and was heading for the wax room.

Upon completion I returned to the drying station. A woman came over to me and started rubbing my shoulders. I was probably the most relaxed that I have been in a long time....that is until I was checking out. I was handed a bill for $67.00. See every little extra thing they did to me was a charge...when I looked at the menu I registered $13.00 for a French Manicure, $10.00 for a regular pedicure and $7.00 for an eyebrow wax. Something wasn't right. My calculations would be less than half of the bill sitting there before me. I asked the receptionists why it was so much more than I expected...she replied that the special callus brush was an additional 10.00. That the massage was an additional $10.00 and that they used a citrus something or other on my hands for age spots that was an additional $17.00.  My jaw hit the floor. I couldn't believe how I was bamboozled by this place. I shook my head and handing my gift certificate to the woman. I was steaming mad at myself for tipping out after each service was completed as high as I did.

In the end I learned a lesson...AGAIN - NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE! Heading back to my normal mani/pedi place...they don't have any bells or whistles, but they certainly don't try to screw me either. I know that what I paid at the Super Spa I could have had mine and the girls nails and toes done. LIVE AND LEARN...OVER AND OVER AGAIN! OH AND I DON'T HAVE AGE SPOTS!

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