I received a gift card so I tried the Spa of Essex. By outward appearances, it is quite lovely. On the plus side, the treatment areas were spotless. However, I had a spa pedicure and gel manicure. I'd hate to see what a basic pedicure was because this spa pedicure was bare bones for $75. No massage, no lotion, no callous treatment , no paraffin. The shellac gel chipped within 2 days. I've had this done many times. It ALWAYS lasts at least 2 weeks. When it starts to grow out and look sloppy I can't get the polish off. This was coming off in sheets. They were good about offering to fix it but couldn't get me in for 4 days. By then, a second finger chipped- fine, no charge. The technician assured me if there was any further problem to call them. I got home and within an hour the other hand was peeling. They scheduled me for the next morning but then an hour before the appt. called to say I'd be charged full price to remove the gel and reapply it. No thank you. $ 57 for a manicure that lasts 2 days and $75 for a so- called spa pedicure (that does look great still and it is regular polish) plus $30 tip. I cannot afford to be ripped off like this.
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