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Nail salons

Can anyone recommend a decent nail salon in Kusnacht or Seefeld general area, or at least close in Zurich ? preferably somewhere that may have an English speaker and not outrageously expensive? (I know nails are pricey here, but some places seem a bit extreme) Thanks!
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Re: Nail salons

Swiss prices reflect Swiss salaries and costs, insurance, etc.

But they are all closed currently due to Covid.
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Re: Nail salons

Well, if you are looking in that area, then you have to be prepared to pay the prices of that area. Rents in that region are probably among the highest in the German speaking part of Switzerland, so that adds to the overall cost. We also don't really have the mass production type salon I've seen in other countries.

For me, hygiene and the nail tech knowing more about nails than just clagging on a layer of varnish or gel is important. Someone got me a voucher for a place that is on the lower end of the price scale and I was not 100% convinced of it being clean. Long story short, I got a fungal nail infection on my big toe and it is only slowly going away after almost six months.

What you can do is look out for places that offer lower prices outside peak hours, or if you are really flexible, places that need models for staff to practice on.

If you want a place that is clean, is beautifully decorated, has the sort of vibe that leaves you energised, offers an amazing selection of colours and staff who are passionate about their work and highly skilled, then you need to get yourself to Get Nailed!. And of course, they speak English. I know the owner personally and she has gone from doing mobile nail services to running two salons in Zurich in less than five years. Her staff goes through extensive training and their quality work has received several awards.

If price is the most important thing for you, then no, they are probably not a good fit. But if you want beautiful, healthy nails and to feel properly pampered, then this is the place to go.

ETA: Nail salons and hairdressers are open in the canton of Zurich.
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Thank you.I will check them out
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Swiss prices reflect Swiss salaries and costs, insurance, etc.

But they are all closed currently due to Covid.
Are they? Nails salons are open here, just like hairdressers
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Are they? Nails salons are open here, just like hairdressers
wow, you may be right, apologies. To me it is totally nonsensical to have nail salons open- with people actually being so close face to face and using dangerous chemicals, etc. Having hair cut I can imagine being perhaps non essential, but truly useful- with professional standing up behind and above the client- but nails? Ah well.
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wow, you may be right, apologies. To me it is totally nonsensical to have nail salons open- with people actually being so close face to face and using dangerous chemicals, etc. Having hair cut I can imagine being perhaps non essential, but truly useful- with professional standing up behind and above the client- but nails? Ah well.
This "Safety measures Covid-19 at Get Nailed!" video should answer your question Not sure everyone is as dedicated but there's a reason why I am a big cheerleader for this particular salon - they go the extra mile for everything.
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This "Safety measures Covid-19 at Get Nailed!" video should answer your question Not sure everyone is as dedicated but there's a reason why I am a big cheerleader for this particular salon - they go the extra mile for everything.
For me personally it's the hygiene thing. I can accept less than beautiful nails but not people who don't do their job properly, especially when the said job can affect the well being of others.
Glad that you found your particular salon and are happy with their services, there's nothing wrong in promoting them when you can.
I'd be willing to pay the extra bucks for feeling safe and pampered. Haven't felt "pampered" for a long time.
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Re: Nail salons

Oh I know, it's so hard.

But luckily enough, massage therapists are still open. As we are not eating out, not going anywhere- I have decided that this would be my 'pampering'. The young woman in the next village works in her home, large barn room, so cosy, with woodburner- and she is working on my knee and shoulder (sadly do not have insurance cover, but ...) and at the same time I treat myself to a full body massage 1hour, ever 2 weeks, and from time to time 1.30- sheer, sheer bliss. She is trained in reflexology and shiatsu, and acupressure - and is very instinctive and knows just what to do. Magical. Could you find someone you can trust for a 'pampering' like this, perhaps? Depending on your insurance- you may find it is even covered. (I have to pay 90 for 1 hour, and 130 for 1.30 hours- steep but so so worth it).
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Re: Nail salons

I honestly never considered nails being "essential services" when you think about what's open and what's not (pls, cheaper shoe repaire guy - open!), but anything that will save their business and lift people's spirit is great, I bet nail artists appreciate the opportunity. I might look at my nails tonight, after I massacre them doing some music.
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I honestly never considered nails being "essential services" when you think about what's open and what's not (pls, cheaper shoe repaire guy - open!), but anything that will save their business and lift people's spirit is great, I bet nail artists appreciate the opportunity. I might look at my nails tonight, after I massacre them doing some music.
I agree that I can no longer accept all the restrictions as unquestioningly as I did six months ago. I guess it all boils down to the traceability of contacts and number of people involved. And there were plenty of people who contributed to the blanket closures of bars, restaurants, etc. by doing stupid stuff like giving false details, attending events despite having symptoms or even having been ordered to quarantine. This contributed to the overall sense of these activities being particularly risky.

But let's not have this thread become yet another Covid discussion. Maybe other people have some recommendations for the OP too.
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I highly recommend Gosia at Caroline Rohwer hair salon (near Kreutzplatz Zurich). Her prices are pretty amazing given the quality of service (CHF 40 for regular manicure and CHF 60 for a gel manicure which includes removal). Note that the stylists at this salon are very good too (Caroline, Belinda and Renna).

Gosia is Polish and speaks fluent German but not so fluent English. That said, we manage well even with my labored "Swisser Deutsch". All of the stylists speak English and can assist re:translating at any time. I haven't needed their assistance thus far

Here is a link to the website:

https://www.carolinerohwer.com

Good luck!

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wow, you may be right, apologies. To me it is totally nonsensical to have nail salons open- with people actually being so close face to face and using dangerous chemicals, etc. Having hair cut I can imagine being perhaps non essential, but truly useful- with professional standing up behind and above the client- but nails? Ah well.
I actually just came back from my monthly nail salon appointment. Basically it’s my only luxury: I work full time and when I’m not at work I’m at home with my children doing my other 100% job. My monthly hour at the nail salon is THE moment I have for myself, and myself alone. So yes, for me it’s essential

Safety wise, both the nail technician wear a mask, we disinfect our hands before and after, and there’s a plexiglass between her and me with just a gap to pass my hand, so it’s probably safer than the hairdresser.
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