Out the door Nails
19268 Grandriver, Detroit, MI 48219
(313) 549-5122Add Hours
If you want a professional looking nail job, don't bother.
It took me a little while to decide whether or not to write a review for several reasons.
1. I don't like bashing establishments as my experience could have been unique.
2. I don't want to deter new clients from frequenting a small business.
3. I feel like anyone who is interested to try it themselves first rather than reading reviews and getting turned off.
So, I usually go to Asian salons to get my nails done and lately, when I have gone is for shellac/gelish. However, I miss Black nail salons and the designs and creativity that they can offer when doing your nails.
I live in Canton, so I knew that I would need to drive further than usual to get to such a salon. I saw a Craigslist ad in which they were offering $15 full sets with $13 fill-ins. Ok, that sounds good and if I like it, that's great because it wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg to maintain (though gas money is another issue).
I was in for a manicure and pedicure. I waited for at least 30-45 minutes for this pedicure to even begin. It felt nice....though the tech didn't know how to work the equipment and requested the expertise of what looked like a 10 year old (the owner's daughter, I am assuming) to turn off the machine.
Alright, no biggie, maybe she was really new. Though I would think she would know how to do this if she has done pedicures(?). We proceeded with the acrylic nail job. Initially, I wanted to go with the trendy stiletto nails, but as she was trying to find tips for my nails, I got an uncomfortable feeling and pumped the breaks on that as I did not want to be someone's guinea pig as it didn't appear that she was that comfortable with it.
I told her I just wanted short nails with a design on one finger of each hand.
Cool, so we proceed and everything is going normal, until she begins applying the acrylic. First, why so much? This is definitely not the look I was going for. Granted, it has been 5 years since I have had acrylics applied to my nails, so I was unsure as to how much should be applied...but it definitely looked excessive. I work a nine-to-five and I am one of a handful of minorities in the bldg, so yeah...no super fake nails for me (another reason I halted the stiletto nails application process).
Since I wasn't sure if so much acrylic was necessary, I kept mum. As she is applying this I begin to feel a burning sensation that I have never felt before (not even at my first acrylic nail job at 14). This occurred with EVERY finger. She sprayed alcohol as I began making her aware, finger...by...finger. She was prepared, but was it because it was a normal occurrence or because she was knowledgeable? *shrugging shoulders* I will go with the latter at this point.
So, she begins filing these hunks of acrylics on my nails and appearing to show concern on whether the nails were of even length. That could have been the only thing she was checking for in symmetry, as my nails looked like mountain slopes. Out of all of the nails, only five looked somewhat normal. This wasn't visible to me until I left.
The designs- I felt like I stepped into the 90's. When I asked for designs I didn't think I had to be specific. I would expect for someone to go with something trendy/modern. A lot of times I am not specific because I want to allow the "artist" to show me what they have in terms of creativity. But, obviously, this wasn't one of the cases.
Then when it is time to pay I am being charged $45...huh? I am adding in my head- $15 for full set, pedicure could not have been over $20-25. Somehow, I was overcharged $5-$10, The designs were included per their ad.
When I arrived home the tops of my feet were burning a bit. A few days later I noticed
scabs forming. Wow, was she scrubbing so hard on the top of my feet, she should have done that for the bottom. So if it was Summertime, I really couldn't show my feet regardless of whether the polish stayed on or no.