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There are a few things that work in this salon's favor for me:
- I've never had to wait longer than five minutes to get a mani/pedi service started.
- It's a three minute drive from my house.
- Prices are reasonable. I paid $30 for a basic mani/pedi today.
- This place has a 4 out of 5 star on Yelp.
- There's plenty of parking. Well, it's Tracy. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of parking anywhere here.
As for sanitation, I like how the tools used on me during the service always come out of a sealed bag. This leads me to believe that they've been cleaned and sanitized. Once the service is complete, the tools don't get stored in the station's cubby. They get brought to the back, hopefully to be cleaned and sanitized once again for a future client.
All of the manicure stations had licenses posted. I did notice that one of the licenses expired in December 2012. Whoopsie. I hope it wasn't the license of the manicurist doing my service. I wouldn't have had any way of knowing either. She introduced herself by asking me to pick out a color (of course I already had my own color) and never gave me her name. She didn't utter a word to me during the entire manicure and pedicure service. The lack of conversation certainly wasn't a deal breaker for me. I came in with a book and was happy to stick my nose in it the entire time.
The overall service was good. I was in and out within 45 minutes. I did feel a tad bit rushed once the pedicure ended and the manicure began. A few hours after I left the salon, I noticed that one of my nails hadn't quite been painted all the way on one side. Oh well. You get what you pay for.
I'm still bummed that all of the salons I've received a basic mani/pedi at here in Tracy don't come with any fun extras. There's no scrub, no warm towels, the massages are mediocre at best and everyone uses those dang pedicure sinks that never get properly flushed out or cleansed in-between clients like they should. There's always a sense of urgency during the service, even if the salon isn't busy. So far I've found that if I want to get the perfect mani/pedi service I'm used to, I have to drive all the way to San Francisco to The Beauty Company.