Having Acrylic Nails Applied

If a full set of acrylics is applied to your nails with no use of the plastic tips, should you be charged the full price?


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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

It varies depending on salon.

Using plastic tips would make it easier to achieve the nail look vs. full set acrylic with your natural nails. You can always ask before hand if there is a price difference when you go to the salon.

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

Most salons have a list of their services and prices. I would call and make sure and avoid an unpleasant surprise

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

Your question kinda sounds like you have already had this done and was charged full price??
Prices are generally always posted in prominent places but if unsure of total cost, you should always ask before any work is started, especially if this is a new shop to you.


Some shops are franchises and prices are "set" and the operators have no control over the prices (cannot change).

If it is a privately owned shop then someone in the shop should have authority to change prices - if they wish to. These shops are in business to make money and that is why they post their prices so there will be no dispute or haggling over the total cost.

If the price is not posted, then you should question first but if you did not then all you can do is ask the operator/owner/manager if they can give you a discount as you did not realize it would be full price.

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July 10, 20181 found this helpful

I am detecting some frustration with a recent salon experience.

It may make you feel better if you called the owner and very kindly explained your situation.

When I have situations I start with something positive, "like your salon is really comfortable" then state when you were there and ask "can you help me understand"...and then a brief summary of your concern...like in your case "how your shop prices services when plastic tips are not used." Then he/she can explain.


Once you hear the response you can use it to respond back and work the response into asking for a discounted or free service next visit if you think they didn't treat you fairly.

So say she says "our stylists have the prices posted prominently. You should have seen it at his station".

You can say, hmm..his station was (description condition like messy or however it was) and I didn't see any prices posted, and he never showed them to me (or exactly what happened). I really liked his work, but had some sticker shock when I checked out. I would love to come back. Could you offer a discounted mani next time I am in to make up for this minunderstanding?"

Hope this helps and that you can create a win-win!

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

I'm assuming you had this done already? You probably got a gel full set, which is more costly.


They should have told you first, however, unless they don't even offer the acrylics with the plastic tips. Some places do not.

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August 24, 20180 found this helpful

you are certainly within your rights to negotiate any price you wish

keep in mind that salons are there to make a profit so that they can stay in business, and the only way that they will allow a discount is if they're already making a huge profit off the product (IE how coffee shops make $2.50 on a cup that it costs 50cents per cup to brew at most), or if skipping the step saves them on time, resources, or materials

if not applying the tips saves the nail person 30 minutes, or saves her from having to use up her inventory of plastic tips in a way that would save her $50 a month (let's say) then not only would it benefit her (to make customers happy) to discount the process but would actively advertise this reduced service & offer it widely


if you're the only person a year going in there requesting this service and it doesn't save the nail lady any time or effort then I doubt very much you will ever get a discount

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