When first entering Qticles on a mid-weekday morning, the room was dimly lit causing me to think they had not yet officially opened. However, within seconds I was warmly greeted by the owner and upon glancing behind her, I saw that there were three employees sitting calmly at their stations, talking softly to each other, waiting to start their work day. The bright orange hue that serves as the backsplash to this open and roomy space creates a dual energy to the business. Somehow it generates both a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere in which to spend an hour or two indulging in manicures, pedicures and facials. Being in the Pacific Beach neighborhood for six years, Qticles has seen a variety of clientele from beach wanderers to wedding parties to groups of friends looking for a fun girls' night out. The owner casually chatted with me about nail polish tips and colors and was comfortable letting me explore her salon. So while they welcome walk-ins, judging from her friendly demeanor, I can see why they have repeat customers who rely on them for their pampering needs. On a relaxed block in an eclectic area of town, mornings find crowds trickling in at a slower pace. But as I was leaving Qticles, three girls walked in, each wanting a French manicure, and the nail technicians that were relaxing earlier were quick in prepping their stations for their first of what I would assume many customers of the day.
When I entered the salon, owner, Phillip Nguyen was already in the midst of giving a pedicure to a loyal customer. Before opening his own salon in Pacific Beach three years ago, he had been working in La Jolla where this particular customer had been a client. When he moved, so did she. Customer loyalty is one of the draws to this tucked away salon on Cass Street. Although, at first skewed from view, this doesn’t keep customers, old and new, tracking it down for a pleasing pampering experience. The salon is open and bright, playing easy listening music and providing an overall relaxing vibe and friendly engagement from Phillip. The salon caters to the nail care of both women and men. Phillip advises that many men from the nearby golf course do need their nails buffed from time to time. And the beaches can do a number on people’s feet, leading them to come see him to smooth and beautify them. When he’s not busy on the nails end of things, he also does facial waxing and is a hair stylist. Although the salon does have four nail technicians, it’s fair to say that Phillip is the jack of all trades able to perform any service for his customers coming in for nail, skin or hair treatment. Judging from his easygoing personality, I can see why he has loyal customers who see him for repeat visits and why a newcomer might make the decision to come back.
Oh. My. Goodness. I seriously just had the best pedicure EVER. Talk about attentive. And meticulous. And attention to detail!!! You know that little stripe down the side of your toenail that is ALWAYS missing polish?? Yeah, so not the case here. And the massage??? To die for. Pressure points ladies, pressure points. I got a manicure at the same time, and boy, that hand massage was out of this world. I just had abdominal surgery 10 days ago, and can't twist/bend very well. These ladies were completely accommodating!! She moved to both sides of me, just so I wouldn't have to twist my hands to the same side for the mani. Highly, highly recommend this place. I live in IB, and will definitely be coming here from now on!!!
I tried Apollo for the first time on Friday night. I got there just before they closed with out an appointment, but they welcomed me anyway. The salon is new and clean and nicely decorated. The massage chairs are awesome. The owner was very nice and checked in with me regularly. My pedicurist was Tracy and she did an amazing job. She was very sweet and gave me one of the best foot massages I've ever had. She also did a great job on my toes. They are beautiful! I decided to go back in on Sunday for a gel polish manicure. Again, I walked in with out an appointment and was seen right away by Kim. She also did a wonderful job on my manicure. I am very happy and will return again and again!!
I was looking for a new nail place closer to me that had better service and that did a better job then the old place I went to. I'm so glad I found French Nail Design. the design is gorgeous and the service was amazing. my first time was very great. they are all very friendly and treat you like family. the work they did was amazing. I told the nail tech my concerns from the old place I went to and she made sure everything was perfect and to my liking. I found my new favorite place. I will make sure to tell everyone I know. the prices are great and the service is amazing.
I always come here with my mom to get our gel mani and pedis. The service here is so good. All the ladies who have helped me and my mom out are so sweet and always make sure you leave happy. the nail technicians take their time shaping your nails the exact way you want and making sure the way the paint looks on your nails are smooth and nicely polished. I'd rather wait my turn to have quality service rather than someone who rushes through their customers and doesn't pay attention to little details. There is a wide variety of colors that you can choose from.
Let's just say I live in this area I come here to get my nails done. Best place hands down. I've had my nails done by several techs and they were all amazing. I come in without an appointment and they take me in fairly quick (the longest wait was about 15 minutes). But then again I could be lucky in my timing lol so I suggest make an appointment if there is a specific person you would like. They are really clean and friendly. People always compliment me on my nails and these guys make it happen lol. The price is unbeatable!
I've tried several nail salons in San Diego and I've finally found one I'll be coming back too. The first time I tried them was based on reviews. Bummed I forgot to get a pic of that one but I loved it! I showed them a picture and they were able to replicate it. Same with this second time. Both times I went in I had one person work in my mani and another on my pedi. They took extra care and was so detailed to make sure I was happy with my nail design. Picture included.Service here is great! Definitely coming back again.
While shopping inside of Walmart i came across this nail salon that was decorated for the holidays! While walmart was undergoing renovations, they decided to move the salon a little further back, rather than in the front. They had a great big sign out front so you could find the place easily behind the registers. My girlfriend and I were greeted kindly upon arrival, prices were cheap, service was great! And the wait wasn't long at all! I'd definitely take my girlfriend back !
The facility is beautiful, clean, and peaceful. Every technician I've visited has done an equally wonderful job on manis (regular and gel) and pedis. They are very careful and don't rush through people just to get them out the door. They actually honor appointment times, which is hard to come by in your run-of-the-mill salon. They could get away with overcharging, but their prices are comparable to regular salons. They always offer water to drink. Highly recommended!!