2654 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.001129 -118.482955
Neighborhoods: West LA, Ocean Park
Clean, relaxing, affordable nail cate – Clean, relaxing, affordable nail care on Main Street. Quality nail polishes and fast and friendly service. Tips are appreciated in cash.
BIKINI WAXERS BEWARE!! – Ever heard of "you get what you pay for"? Sure, $18 sounds pretty rad for a Brazilian wax, but wouldn't you rather pay a little more and not get a STAPH INFECTION?! I had been receiving waxes here twice a month for about 4 months. What I had believed to be really bad ingrowns, I now realize is a staph infection. They are VERY UNSANITARY! This was caused by bacteria around the workplace, not to mention the fact that they don't wipe you down with disinfectant before sending you on your way. OH, and thought you'd all like to know, THEY USE THE SAME WAX POT UNTIL THEY RUN OUT!!!!!! Which means, not only is that wax sitting there for two, three, maybe even four days in a row, but its the same wax they are using for the many vagina's that came within that 2-4 days. GROSS!!! Ladies, trust me when I tell you, it is worth paying the extra money for a good wax. I am now on antibiotics and between that and expenses for doctors visits (not to mention the pain I'm in) will far exceed anything that I "saved" from getting a cheap wax. DO NOT GO HERE FOR WAXING!
Used to be better – I've come here several times for mani-pedi, even brought out of town friends - my treat- and always felt it was clean and the workers were competant.
The last time I was there it was on a weekday evening, (daytime during week was always better) the couple who worked on me gave it strictly a lick and a promise - total lack of workmanship. It wasn't packed, I've seen it busier. Maybe because I opted for clear nail polish... their approach was very slap-dash. It was 10 minutes, tops. they spent no time on any step. I felt cheated.
Terrible job and very rude owner! – Not only did I get a sloppy bumpy gel fill, but when i went to show the owner, Johnny, he was very defensive and unapologetic. He could have easily made the situation a lot less awkward were it not for his terrible customer service. they were very argumentative and tried to tell me that was the way my nails were supposed to look. also, they spoke in their native tongue in front of me, about me.....sooooo rude. i'm shocked at the way this easily fixable situation was poorly handled. don't waste your hard earned money at this overpriced place unless you want a poor job done and want to be treated like crap.
Linda is the BEST at brazillian waxing!! – I have been going to Linda for bikini and brazillian waxing for almost a year now. I refer her to everyone I know and several of my friends drive from Long Beach and the valley just to have her do their brazillians. She quick, painless (as painless as a full brazillian can be!) and very professional. The price is only $18! I highly highly recommend Linda!
I've had mani-pedi's done there occasionally when I'm pressed for time. They are very fast but I prefer to go to another shop that takes their time pampering me for manicure and pedicures.
love this place for pedicures – I do not need a pedi for 3-4 weeks when I go here. The polish does not chip :)
mediocre job – I guess the appeal of this place is the price, but I agree with the other reviewers. It was rushed and a very cursory job. I wish I had done it myself and saved $20. But maybe just I'm spoiled by Bloomie's in NYC.
$20 mani/pedi: worth the risk? – OK so, you definitely cant beat a mani/pedi for $20 BUT its a little scary to go here. Ive chanced it maybe 3 times... they cut me every single time. The last time I went, the lady cut 4 different toes during my pedicure- I wish I was lying. The other scary part is, cleanliness is not their top priority. I ended up telling my manicurist not to even bother with my cuticles after I watched her take her clippers etc. out of a box CLEARLY marked "dirty" (again, I wish I was lying). Their top priority is actually getting clients in and out of there as fast as possible... and i mean fast. My nails and toes looked nice after leaving here but for me, its not worth the risk. I wont go back.
I would not recommend this place if you are looking for quality, good sanitation, and competence.
I called Main Attraction to inquire about silk nail refills and was told that they provided the service. I went there during the week and was seated for service. I have had silk wraps and silk service for approximately two and one half years. The technician at MA had no idea what he was doing; it was obvious that he was not competent with silk nails. His equipment was obviously unsanitary and when told that the towel he was using on the table was wet he shook his head "yes". . . after the 4th nail, I had had enough and asked for a competent technician. I got another technician who was better but more interested in fast money than quality. She told me that people in Santa Monica don't get silk because it is too expensive and that she only did one or two each week (not a good way to maintain competency). In short, my nails looked like a six year old did them - even the polish was not properly applied (all over my cuticiles that were not addressed).
This place is definitely a nail mill, not a salon. Feel free to go here if you just want a quick, cheap, and questionable sanitary service. If you want quality service, I would recommend that you find somewhere else to get your service.
Great Price, No Frills – You really can't beat the price. The salon is clean and efficient (maybe a little too efficient?) and you really can get in an out quickly. They have a lot of operators, and some are better than others, but for a $20 mani/pedi you really can't complain too much. You might get a perfunctory smile but more likely a brusque word or two from the operator. But at the end of the day you're really not there for the conversation. I see in some reviews that people got a hard sell for other services but I've never experienced that there and I've been going twice a month for years! The reason they are getting 4 stars rather than 5 is that they can sometimes be too quick and don't take the time to really make sure you're satisfied. Word to the wise: Friday is the busiest day there.
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