By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
The season went from a long, harsh winter iced with a polar vortex straight into a non-existent spring that quickly dived into summer. Though it’s not technically summer yet, the heat and humidity has called out the sunscreen—and the sandals out of boxes from the basement.
Sandal season means pedicure season. At least it does for me. While I’m madly obsessed with nail polish (I recently downsized my collection to 239 bottles), I’m not really a salon girl. I don’t require the privilege of monthly salon appointments. I don’t even grow my fingernails long because I have two young children running about the house who keep me extremely busy—and my nails unkempt.
I do, however, try to start the summer with a fresh mani-and-pedi. If I can’t maintain it for the entire year, or even the summer, I forgive myself quickly and opt for an infrequent treatment. It’s the least I can do for the public—and my feet.
(Let’s be serious, ladies—it is absolutely gross to see neglected toes, the ones ruined with fungus, cuticle overgrowth, and faded polish peeking out of sandals in the summer! Those who agree with me can put their pretty, little, manicured hands up in the air, yes? Yes.)
And so, today, I opted to submit myself and my feet to a little, but much-deserved spoiling—okay, maybe not spoiling, but rigorous maintenance. It was like taking a jalopy into the shop hoping for a brand new car.
If anything, I felt the most compassion towards the nail technician. She looked like she broke a sweat—or a vein—scrubbing dead skin and callouses off my feet. It was a flurry of the first-time-pedicure-of-the-season-kind-of-gross. And I mean, gross.
But, we both smiled through the awkward embarrassment of it. My toes and her tip counted on it. Which leads me to this review post. I don’t usually post reviews on beauty salons, but my experience at Bijou Nails & Spa was superb that I couldn’t pass it up.
The salon located on 131 Main Street North in Brampton, south of Church, is an aesthetically pleasing spa with a chandelier to greet you in the foyer above the welcome desk and two racks of high quality nail lacquer brands such as O.P.I., China Glaze, and Essie, though I was disappointed not to see some of my favourite nail lacquers from Butter London, Zoya, or Orly. (Trust me when I say I’m a nail polish lover.)
Nevertheless, I arrived shortly after the salon opened at 11:15 a.m., which I highly suggest patrons do. There were only two customers without the fuss, wait, or noise associated with busy peak times.
The salon is owned and run by a Korean family, while the majority of staff is also from Korea. What was wonderfully pleasant compared to other Asian-run salons that I’ve been to in the past was the quiet demeanor of the staff and the pure, relaxing environment in which I had my nails done.
The staff did not chatter amongst each other, nor yell across the room while working. They each focused on the task at hand, which was much more than just a manicure and pedicure—but creating and ensuring the environment was one in which patrons can ultimately relax and enjoy being pampered.
I was so pleased.
The decor, furniture, salon equipment, and tools all appeared to not only be aesthetically beautiful, but also new, while the salon itself was exceptionally clean. Not only did the nail technicians not talk amongst each other while working, which ensured some peace and quiet, but the music heard throughout the salon was also tranquil and at a volume that created an extremely relaxing atmosphere. I could have shut my eyes and blissfully took a nap. I almost did, but was curious to see how well the technicians would work on my mani-pedi. Yes, it was that relaxing.
The workmanship of the nail technicians were excellent, too. They didn’t rush, but paid special attention to the specific needs of my hands and feet. It wasn’t as if they were going through the step-by-step motions of what is included in the mani-pedi package like most salons do. They were thorough and attentive, willing to work hard at getting my hands, feet, and nails where they needed to be—perfect.
Not only were they thorough and attentive, but also precise. While they worked diligently, they also worked beautifully. My hands and feet have not felt—or looked—this good in a long time.
What’s even better is that the salon is currently hosting a summer special: a manicure and pedicure package for only $30. That’s tough to beat at a high-end salon.
If you’re in the area and would like a truly professional manicure and pedicure, be sure to drop by Bijou Nails & Spa. I trust you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t and will be sure to return next month for another manicure and pedicure.
For more details on hours and service, you can visit the Bijou Nails & Spa website.
I was not compensated in any way for this beauty review. The opinions in this review are solely my own based on my one-time visit, June 4, 2014.
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