Nail Salon prices can vary widely depending on your location and venue. A salon at a major resort such as Walt Disney World can command a much higher price than the nail salon in a small town. A manicure on a cruise ship will certainly be much pricier than a manicure elsewhere.
Each location has its loyal and dedicated clients no matter the price. The same manicure that would cost under $20 at our salon would cost $40 to $60 on a cruise ship or in Beverly Hills or in Disney World.
An increase in price however does not always relate to better quality. The price you pay at your selected salon is the price that the market will bear at that location. Each individual manicurist has their own style and experience and will give you various levels of satisfaction even within the same salon.
Some salons offer crazy prices in order to attract business. This can be good for you in the short term but is terrible for you in the long term. Here is why.
In the short term you get a fantastic deal. Let’s say the manicure is only $10 and they’ve advertised it with a sign out front. The normal price is $15 but they want to compete with the salon next door and attract business. As long as the manicurist is skilled and provides the same level of service as the other salon you’re going get a good deal and you would be crazy not to take them up on it.
In the long term however it’s a losing proposition for you and for the salon. At a deep discount the salon and the manicurist are not making much money. If they continue to deep discount they will both lose interest in quality and standards. The salon may choose to cut costs by not buying the expensive sanitary solutions or by buying inferior polish that contains dangerous chemicals.
Then too all the wrong type of customers are attracted to a lower price. It is perhaps not polite to say but often people that are bargain shoppers are not as clean and hygienic as those that are willing to pay more. These types of clients can introduce fungus and disease into the salon. In theory a salon should turn away clients with a fungus or skin disease but when they are focused on revenue they would be hesitant to do so.
Would you rather pay $30 for a superior, safe, professional and clean manicure or $10 for a manicure that may just give you a funky disease? The answer would seem obvious but to some saving money is more important than health. Their choice I guess.
As a rule of thumb you should budget $20 to $30 for a manicure and tip and about $30 to $50 for a pedicure and tip. Remember, the cruise line will charge $40 to $60 for a manicure but that doesn’t even include the tip.
Whatever you choose, bargain basement, middle of the road, or luxury price points the most important thing is to get the result you want. There is nothing like the feeling of having beautiful nails. Sometimes you have to shop around to find the salon that makes you comfortable, beautiful, and at a price that is good for you.