Getting my nails done for the first time…

So over the weekend, I had my nails professionally done for the first time ever (because I have been living under a rock for most of my life) and I just wanted to share my overall experience with you all.

There has never been a real need for me to have a manicure before. Being a full-time student who has worked in a lab for many years, it just did not seem practical to have long nails that would prove difficult to maintain. Plus, I am old school – why waste money on something that could easily be done at home, right?
If you had mentioned to me anything regarding acrylic nails or gel for that matter, I would probably have stared blankly at you for some time because I did not know the first thing about having my nails done at a salon. My limited nail knowledge only extended as far as buying a pretty nail polish colour from a store, painting my nails at home and trying in vain not to smudge them but smudging them anyway. A vicious circle! And not to mention that the nails of my dominant hand would always look better than my other! So I just resigned to having shorter, no-fuss nails and it worked for me.

So, I decided to finally take the plunge and have them done after seeing the beautiful Kayleigh Ross post a picture of her nails on her Instagram account. On a side note, if it was possible for Ruby Rose and Evangeline Lilly to have a love child, I swear she would be the result <3. Anyway, she had had her nails done at a Tammy Taylor Nails salon in Broadacres, and so I made an appointment.

My Experience
Not being familiar with Broadacres, it took me a while to locate the nail salon within the shopping complex. For first time visitors, it should be noted that the nail salon is located upstairs and is next to a paint store that is in no way shy of having a massive display stand out in front, which only serves to impede the salon’s sign.
Once inside, I was greeted by a lovely receptionist and was taken to my manicurist, Nadia. After being seated, I was immediately offered a menu with a selection of drinks to choose from. The first drink is free, provided that you like their Facebook page, which is not actually asking for much really.

For my first time, I chose not to be adventurous. I went for a sculptured set with a very basic, square shape. There were so many shades to choose from and selecting a nail colour proved quite challenging for me. I eventually settled on the shade “Fresh Pink”, which was most complimentary on my skin tone, though I also liked the shades: Love Potion, Buffed Pink and Cashmere.

Sculptured set done by Nadia using Fresh Pink

My Manicurist
Nadia, my manicurist was very warm and friendly; and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. She was very knowledgeable and patiently answered all my questions – from the longevity of the sculptured nails to their durability to what I would need to have done on my next visit. It was quite a learning experience. Plus, she was such a perfectionist with her work, ensuring that I received exactly what I had asked for.

Nadia, a manicurist at Tammy Taylor Nails salon in the Broadacres.

The Décor
I am not one for décor but honestly, this place looked incredible. At first glance, you can see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into the overall look and feel of the place. The theme is very modern and clean, with rose gold finishes, which I loved. And who doesn’t love rose gold? There is also an outside patio area, if you wish to sit outside, or if you, like me, have someone accompanying you, then they can wait outside also, away from the solvent fumes, which is actually minimal at best.

The Tammy Taylor Nails salon at the Broadacres branch.

Make-up Designory
One thing that I could not help but notice while getting my nails done was a lovely display stand with a make-up brand that I had not heard of before, i.e. Make-up Designory (MUD). Shocking, I know! And after making some inquiries, I was told that MUD is a high end, make-up brand from the US that is also cruelty-free. What’s more, the Broadacres branch would be stocking more MUD products in the near future. So this is quite exciting because I always love discovering new brands and hopefully I can get my hands on some of these products to play around with.

Make-up Designory Cosmetics display stand

The Owner
The owner, Gia Costa, I can only describe as a breath of fresh air. She has that sort of bubbly; almost infectious personality that makes you like her on the spot. Not only did she go out of her way to make me feel welcome, but she was very engaging, a quality which I really liked.
Far too often, we, as customers, experience poor service and downright rude behaviour, to the point where it becomes a norm. I cannot count the number of times I have been treated in an impolite and dismissive manner by some individuals, whom “specialize” in customer care and service delivery. And so, encountering such excellent service at this nail salon was quite a welcoming experience.

The Price
For the sculpture acrylic manicure, I paid a total of R360.00, instead of the full price of R600.00 because of their 40%-off special. This special is specific only to the Broadacres branch and is valid until the end of July.

Overall thoughts
Would I get a manicure again? Absolutely! I cannot vouch for the other Tammy Taylor Nails salons, but my visit to the Broadacres branch was a great experience. I also liked that they are cruelty free, which is a huge plus for me. As a first-time experience of having my nails done, I could not have asked for more. I honestly cannot wait to have my nails done again at this nail salon!

Sculptured set done by Nadia using Fresh Pink

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts. It is much appreciated. For more information on the Tammy Taylor Nails in Broadacres, check out their Facebook page or their Instagram account.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.