I’ve been wanting to try Bio Sculpture gel pedicures for some time so few months ago I caved. I was a little bit nervous because I was about to spend a week in the Caribbean, which meant I’d be in the ocean, sand, and in the pool constantly. Normally, that’s a recipe for pedicure disaster.
I went to Stay Polished on La Jolla Blvd in Bird Rock. The process is pretty much like a regular pedicure. Nails are cut, cuticles dealt with, etc. When it’s time to paint on the color, it’s obviously in a gel format. After each coat, your feet are put into one of those UV nail dryers. By the end, your nails are totally dry. So dry, at the END of the pedicure is when you get the lotion massage. My first application of Bio Sculpture took about an hour and cost $65, not including gratuity, which might make you gulp if used to a $20 pedi.
And, now I’m an addict since I can go 4-7 weeks between pedicures.
My toes looked perfect for almost seven weeks. That’s FAR beyond what is normal and included my week of foot abuse in the Caribbean. They did not chip at all. One of the gels finally fell off one of my toes somewhere around week 6 1/2 so I broke down and went in for a fill. The gel grows out with your toenails which means if you have fast growing toenails, it’s not going to look as good for this long. Getting a fill every 4-5 weeks is about right for me. It also helps that I have my toenails cut really short every time I get a pedicure.
When have a Bio Sculpture gel pedicure or manicure filled, it’s different than filling regular gels. They actually take the Bio Sculpture off. There’s no scraping involved or dust particles flying everywhere from sanding the gels. They put on gel remover that’s not damaging to the nails and it takes about 10 minutes to take the Bio Sculpture gel off. In my case, it mostly just fell off. Then, the application process is repeated. Getting a fill takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes and, in my case, cost $70 not including gratuity. I just saw that a few other places in La Jolla offer it for much less, but I’m not sure if it’s the same. I will find out.
There are a lot of fun color options too. I’m currently wearing purple.
I like Stay Polished in Bird Rock. They have a sign in the door that says walk-ins are welcome, but they are so busy that you really should book in advance.
5733 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
ph: 877-651-4523 Ext. 111 , 112
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