On a rainy Saturday, in between events, I got to pamper myself at Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa in Ayala Centre Cebu. YAY.
I had nowhere to go and I usually don’t like spending time in public spaces unless if shopping is happening. So I went to Nailaholics to get my nails done, a foot scrub and well, generally avoid the public whilst I wait for my next event.
You enter the beach-themed salon, whites and blue tones everywhere, making you feel instantly relaxed. Being in a beautiful island within a mall of raging shopaholics is something I didn’t think I’d experience, but here it is.
The staff was very accommodating, giving me my own sofa, rolled up my jeans and soaked my feet in just minutes. If they are full, you are usually included in a waiting list and you’ll be notified via SMS if one of the staff is available by then.
This was my view. How cool? It was gorgeous inside, and I couldn’t stop thinking about that. They also give you numerous pillows, so you can snooze if you like and be comfortable whilst doing that!
Foot scrubbing commenced. Around a month ago, I had my foot scrubbed at their SM City Cebu branched (after a long time) and that girl had the worst end of the stick. Oof. This one didn’t get much as my feet weren’t as calloused so it tickled me lots, too. TMI! No worries though, they don’t go overboard, so no bleeding whatsoever.
After the foot filing bit, they’ll continue with a pumice stone and sea salt scrub. All over your legs and feet. Then a glorious foot massage, right after. I wish it didn’t end at all!
As my left leg was being scrubbed, my hands were soaked in warm water and my nail services started. As per usual, they clean off your previous nail polish, if any. Trim your nails by consulting you how (square, round) and your desired length of it. Jacky was gentle but efficient. I didn’t feel pain or discomfort as she worked on my nails. She asked me every now and then if I’m feeling okay especially during crucial parts, the bits where it might be painful.
I learned a few things from Jacky, as well. They don’t use merthiolate in Nailaholics because it tends to destroy the nails. Instead, they use cuticle oil to moisturize especially those who often use merthiolate and have cracks and dryness to their nails and cuticles. I believe it has Vitamin E, too.
Their polish application is like science, or maybe I’m just not used to premium care. Before the polish, right after the cuticle oil is applied, Jacky gave me a wonderful hand massage that I, also, didn’t want to end. I could sleep right then and there, as it was very relaxing. After which, a base coat (colorless) was applied, then my chosen nail polish and then the top coat (colorless), and a quick drying solution to – you guessed it – help the polish dry quicker. It took less than 10 minutes and I could touch it again without me destroying it.
They offer gel nail polish for those who wants their polish to last a month. I think, it’s very handy for travelers and busy people who rarely get to touch up their nails.
Jacky and I having a great time, woohoo! Well, mostly me, I’m not sure about her. I hope she didn’t have a bad time with my hands and feet. Eek.
Jacky’s finished product! It looks very wet and gel-y but that’s just the quick drying solution trying to do its thing.
I didn’t choose any color for my toenails as I was wearing closed shoes and had to go to an event right after.
Look at these interiors. So lovely! I wish I had the chance to stay in one of their cabanas, it looks like a fun time in there. Nevertheless, I had a great time and I’m going to continue to have a great time at Nailaholics. It’s a comfort zone amidst the busy world of shopping and corporate meetings.
They have 60 branches all in all around the country. Their 60th branch just opened in SM City Ilo-ilo. In Cebu, they have it in SM City Cebu and Ayala Centre Cebu (across McDonalds).
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