Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Heebie Jeebies Begone!

I don't know about you, but pedicures can really freak me out sometimes. Once, my mom and I watched a Dateline episode detailing how this mother and daughter contracted some hideous incurable disease in their legs from a dirty nail place. We shrieked at each other for about an hour afterwards. So, whenever I see those pedicure chairs with the swirling foot baths, I get a case of the creepy crawlies like no other. Seriously, if I didn't have to operate heavy machinery to get to the salon, a Xanax might be a prepampering necessity.


Most of the time, I try to chose my place carefully, watch for reused instruments, and try to calm my racing heart with Lamaze breathing and wishful visualization of a fictitious autoclave in the back of the salon.


But I think I found a solution!

Last week during the F4 tornado that was my week getting ready to go to my friend's wedding (insert Wicked Witch of the West music here), I made a last minute appointment at the Red Door Salon in Chevy Chase for a mani/pedi. After some mix-up whereby a facialist thought she would have to perform a pedicure (a thought which blanched her with terror) I sat down to what may have been the most sanitary and nicest pedicure ever.



While the salon did have the chairs, my pedicurist brought over a stainless steel bowl (stainless! it can go in an autoclave! or at least the dishwasher) filled with warm water and small pebbles. She proceeded to use all new instruments and files which had stick-on filing surfaces. They were brand new! The woman even wore gloves. I was in germaphobe heaven.



The manicure was equally antiseptic and efficient. I also watched my manicurist use a technique I've never seen before. To clean up the area around the nail, she swiped carefully around the nail bed with a paintbrush dipped in nail polish remover. It worked brilliantly!



My only complaints? The price is a little steeper than my regular place, but for a pedicure that clean and stress free, I could be willing to shell out. Also, the selection of polish colors was not my favorite. They only carry their own line, so if you want your favorite, BYO. Then there was the tickling factor...but that is really my problem, not theirs....

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awhile back I stumbled upon a nail place recommended in Washingtonian Magazine - Acqua Nails. It is in Bethesda on Sangamore Rd (off of Mass), but it is worth the drive. Every person gets a new, clean set of instruments/tools opened just for them and the manicurists all wear gloves. While I typically make an appointment, they are staffed well enough to take walk-ins. My pedicure is on week number 3 and it has yet to chip (my manicure lasted about 10 days. As for polish, it is mainly OPI, so if you aren't big on OPI, you might want to bring your own.

Oh, the best part - a manicure and pedicure is $38 total.

Meg said...

I hope that other spas and nail salons start offering services like these, I also get freaked out when I have to put my feet in that sketchy bath.

keryn@chickfit said...

The pedicurist used gloves and fresh tools from the autoclave every time I've had a pedi. Granted, the chair isn't super sanitary, but I've seen them clean it at my salon and they use bleach between every use.

The salon I go to uses cotton wrapped sticks (brand new for each customer) dipped in nail polish remover to clean up messes. It's quite nice. But I can't paint my toe nails for the life of me...so a pedi is critical. :)

Jessorz said...

I have never gotten a pedicure because my feet are so ticklish. I'm afraid I won't be able to control myself and kick the technician on accident! but you brought up a good point about alot of places not being very sanitary. That is definitely a biggie no matter where it is, be it hair salon, manicurist, whatever.

Julie said...

This is totally not related to your entry, but just a helpful PSA: a lot of Cargo makeup is 75% off at Pure Beauty (on Connecticut Avenue by Farragut Square). Huge blushes and lip gloss tins for $5...amazing!

DC Celine said...

The nail technicians at Red Door Chevy Chase are always the sweetest and kindest...and I agree, they're always the cleanest.

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