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It’s Official: I’ve Become That Person


I love my nail salon… but sometimes the women make me BLEED and it FREAKS ME OUT. I can’t handle it because I remember all those news stories about people contracting diseases through those cuts. The last time I went, I looked like a volcano. So, that was it! I was done. After my shellac manicure, I marched right into CVS and bought EVERY SINGLE TOOL they use.

I know most salons have boxes available for purchase. BUT when you buy a box it usually only comes with a buffer and a nail file. No, sorry. I want the cuticle pusher, the nail clipper, and whatever that wishbone shaped tool is called to ONLY BE USED BY ME. When I whipped out my bag of goodies yesterday afternoon, the women were like, “very smart! very smart!” and I was like.. DAMN RIGHT!

You can’t be too careful these days. I LOVE my place for everything but the cuticles part. They do great pedicures, massages, facials, etc. The women are friendly. They know me by name. It’s nice.

Ironically enough – yesterday I didn’t bleed. Of course… because I had my own tools. But isn’t that the way of the world.

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  1. That is so crazy. I’ve NEVER had any cuts or crazy things happen like that. I’d be afraid to go back, too.

  2. I should add that I don’t go to the “nail salons”, I go to my hair salon that has a day spa in it. It isn’t any more expensive than the nails-only places.

  3. This is a great idea, going to stop at CVS before my pedi tomorrow and buy my own tools. Now if I could just remember everything they use? I am usually zoned out bc of the massage chair. Yes I am the woman who naps during a pedicure 🙂

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