Hot Fuss: Polish and Strip

Nail salons are sprouting up anywhere and everywhere. The market is hotter than ever. More and more women  find time to pamper themselves after a hard day's work. If you're one of them and you don't have the time to travel all the way to Manila (especially for Southside girls like myself), there's one in Santa Rosa City (hometown, baby! Represent!) that you'll definitely want to check out. You'll not only save up on gas and toll fees, but you'll also save a lot because of their super budget-friendly prices.

I'm talking about Polish & Strip. It's a quaint little place just outside the South Hampton Village in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. It's actually very accessible if you're coming in from anywhere in Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, or Binan. You can find it along the RSBS Road (at least I think that's what it's called), just before reaching Enchanted Kingdom (if you don't know where it is, you're probably screwed, kidding!). Anyway, here's a quick tutorial on how to get there:

  • Take the Santa Rosa exit (if you must take the SLEX)
  • If you're coming from Manila (southbound), upon exit from the toll gate, take a right. Going left means you're headed for Paseo, Nuvali, and eventually Tagaytay.
  • If you're coming from Calamba / Batangas (northbound), upon exit from the toll gate, take a right. 
  • Just go straight. When you reach Waltermart, turn right (going to Enchanted Kingdom), then, just go straight.
  • Polish & Strip is on the right side of the road, just before you reach EK. There are lots of parking spaces just outside the salon so you won't have to worry about parking. If you're commuting, tricycles in Waltermart can take you there. Just tell the driver to drop you off at South Hampton.

The first thing I noticed, the exterior of the salon is very simple, quite unassuming, unlike other nail salons that really welcome their clients with color and decor. I've been wanting to try out their services, I just never found the time to do it. See, I'm quite keen on having my nails done. Over the years, I've had bad experiences with salons and nail technicians that have either murderers in their middle name or charge way too much for their services. I can assure you, She Goes Thrifty is always in the look-out for great deals and magnificent services that will surely fit your budget (and mine too!). Besides, who can afford to pay for a 1000-peso mani/pedi when you can have basically the same thing done (probably even better!) for less than Php 300? Other nail salons even have hidden surcharges when you choose high-end nail polish for your digits; some even fail to observe excellence in their services despite their sky-high prices. That's why Polish & Strip impressed me in more ways than I initially expected.

Photo borrowed from their Facebook fan page.

Now that's done, let's move on to the good part - the review!

Finally, I found the chance to swing by this newly-opened nail salon. According to the owner, they just turned 1 month old. It's right outside our village, so that's definitely a plus. I won't have to drive far and long to have my nails done. They're basically right outside our door step!

Anyway, I noticed as soon as I stepped in the salon, that they really maxed out on colors! The first thing that caught my eye was this chandelier. (Please pardon the not-so-good quality of the pictures. I took these with my Blackberry phone cam)

Pink is the new pink! Every girl has got to love pink one way or another. :)
This chandelier made me want to feel pretty and pampered. Teehee!
What'd I tell you about the colors? Lounge seating for everyone!
You'll definitely feel like a princess.

That's the owner (forgot to ask her name) in the reception booth.
She was very nice, accommodating, and pretty, too!
There are lots of colors to choose from!
Paint your digits all you want. Polish & Strip uses only Orly nail polish, even the top and base coats, sans the extra charge. Your mani/pedi will definitely last longer and won't chip in two days. That's value for money right there.

A close-up on the lounge seats.
There's really something for everyone!
Go crazy! With so much to choose from, you'll want to come back regularly for touch-ups
or for color change!

I'm digging the mint green wall. Definitely soothes and calms nerves.
Girly art. It's so perky, this place!
In addition to the signature nail treatment that I availed, I got a hand and foot massage, plus this wrap that's really relaxing. Yup, you got it. All that for only Php 300 (~ $7)! Their staff is very friendly and courteous. I remember Ate Chel (my therapist) said "Excuse me." more times than I can remember. But really, the service is great.

My first time for a warm wrap. They also did it to my hands. There's also a soak and a massage.
You're not only getting cleaner and well-kept nails, you're also getting the complete
pampering experience! Please pardon my man-like muscular legs.
Love, love, love my hot pink nails... and for my toesies, a pale pink color. :)
They're open from 9 AM to 9PM. Aside from their Signature Mani-Pedi, they also offer services such as:

  • MAN-cure (for male clients)
  • Petit Treatment (for the kiddos!)
  • Signature Foot Spa/Scrub
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Hand Spa (optional: with paraffin treatment)
  • Nail Art
  • Waxing
  • Eyelash Perming
  • And so much more!
For more information and for reservations, you can go to their Facebook page (just click on the links above) or you can contact 0933-9861731 or 0928-9454394.

Despite their newbie status in the field of nail care, I am very much a satisfied customer. I'll definitely recommend this place for its quality and affordable pampering. If you happen to live in or near Santa Rosa, do drop by Polish & Strip. I assure you, you will feel beautiful, invigorated, refreshed, and ready more than ever to take on the world. You're a woman who's polished and ready to strip down every worry that hinders you from achieving your stellar potential!

SGT <3

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