Normally a Tuesday afternoon would find me busy at my clinic, seeing one client after another (I work at a busy NHS practice), but this Tuesday was different. Having worked the Saturday, before, I got the unexpected pleasure of taking a weekday off. I decided to redeem the voucher for a pedicure I had bought sometime back. So, yesterday found me walking into Enzo Beauty Salon on Acton High Street.
Right from the moment go, I decided I liked the place. It had a clean and bright look and most importantly the staff looked really happy to be working there! (something I always look for- being a psychologist). I liked them even more when after booking me into the system, they asked me to wait- the waiting in question happening on massage chairs where one was handed a remote control for. So, whilst I waited for my pedicure, I indulged in a bit of bonus back and shoulder massage on various settings-human hands, shiatsu (that was a first!).
The actual pedicure in itself was one of the best I have ever had. Lulia my beauty therapist was brilliant. She expertly treated my feet to a professional cleaning up and kept checking with me to see if I was satisfied with each stage. The equipments were an array of sorts (not unlike an operation theatre!) and the fact that they were each used for bespoke little tasks on the foot, were impressive indeed. I liked that she was just the right amount of chatty- not too much (I do like a bit of 'being left to my own thoughts' in times like this and not having to keep up continual banter as sometimes some of them do, in a bit to be customer-friendly!) and not too little. When she finally finished with the final coat of nail polish, I couldn't recognise my feet (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).
Sometimes, (and I think we've all been there) in the past, when I have been for such sessions, I have felt that the treatment left much to be desired or 'it didn't do what it said on the tin'. But this did all that and more. I had opted for the Luxury Pedicure with intensive callus treatment and they did that more than amply.
Seeing I didn't come in with open toed footwear, she quickly whipped out some stick-on flip flops (that was a first too!) and asked me to go again and have a massage on those chairs whilst the nail polish dried. No hurrying, no pressure. Simply just getting myself massaged again whilst another of her colleagues checked now and again whether the nails were dry enough for me to put on my regular boots, tights et al (which I had come wearing, to face the rather unpredictable 'summer morning' that the English skies had given us).
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and certainly something I would recommend to the ladies out there (there are some treatments for men as well, albeit limited). Judging by the very positive customer reviews on their website, I am guessing that all their staff are like that.