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Hela Spa and Salon at The Collection in Chevy Chase: Great Manicures and Pedicures

On Saturday, I went to Hela Spa and Salon at The Collection in Chevy Chase for some acupuncture, and a mani/pedi with Natasha Ray. I will blog about the acupuncture soon, but for now I want to tell you about this amazing new service I tried – Gelish. It applies like a polish, but performs like a gel. There are tons of colors to choose from from baby pinks, to classic reds and pink, to trendy greys, greens and darks. I got Bella’s Vampire which is a dark with a tint of purple/burgandy.

The gel is activated by UV light and dries in now time, so there is no chance of messing up the new manicure, and the best part is that this lasts for THREE WEEKS! Better yet, unlike acrylic nails, this comes off by soaking in acetone so there is no damage to your natural nails.

I feel like I have found the Holy Grail of manicures! If you want to stay polished looking for three weeks, and don’t want to spend a lot of time at the salon waiting for your nails to dry, or having to go back often, you should try this out! The price for the service is $65, but since it lasts so long, I think it’s a great value!

My pedicure was terrific and not a rush job at the strip mall. We all get those because they are convenient and cheap, but relaxing they are not. If you want a quality pedicure in a relaxing environment, Hela Spa and Salon is a the place

to go!

– Miss A

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