I am on a gel bender but I wished I’d started my habit after Latika Spa, because it is considerably more expensive than the other nails salons I’ve been to in Greenpoint.
It is also considerably nicer, more of a nail/spa hybrid than a straight up nail joint. They have loads of other services, like massage and facials. While there, a few ladies came in with a print out for savings. I felt left out.
I thought maybe I could download the groupon online, but it had expired. They also didn’t have a mani-pedi special, which I think is key, but Latika, who is the owner, promised they would start summer specials the following week.
The ladies who work there are all dolls. One voluntarily scraped gum off the bottom of my sandal because I was got stuck to the tile floor. Gosh, I have never felt like such a d-bag. (Okay that’s a lie.)
Kim was my darling nail technician, of Korean descent and a 20 year Bed-Stuy resident. We talked about her two grown college kids and she questioned me about the other nails salons in the neighborhood and was eager to know where the nail techs immigrated from.
Kim also had a lot to say about gels. She unsurprisingly thinks they are safe. If you get a lighter color, you can go longer than the two weeks because its the growth that shows with the darker colors. She recommended to file them and brush on some alcohol, and they will be like new.
I was a little extreme with my bubble gum pink manicure, eating hot dogs and sticking worms on hooks. I believe that you can do anything with a gel manicure.
There were not a lot of gel colors to chose from and I wasn’t sold on the only pink available. Kim knew that and gave me three coats of color, which possibly led to some major cracking and chipping that happened after a little over 1 week. One nail chipped and took a big chunk of my real nail with it. Do we see some nail weakening as the result of gel happening here?
For a $35 manicure that was promised to last 2 weeks, I am disappointed, even though I love Kim; we had a real connection and she had a great haircut.
“Come back,” she said.
“Kim, I wish I could; you are great, but this place is so expensive.”
“Coupon, get a coupon.”
“Kim, I can’t live off of coupons, you know that.”
She bowed her head and knew we may never see each other again.
In the future I may try a massage or facial at Latika, but the prices are too unaffordable to sustain my gel addiction.
200 Franklin St
Quality of mani/ped: 3/5
Local Banter: 3/5
Variety of colors: 3/5
Bonus Massage: 2 bonus points – 2/2
No razor was offered.