The number one concern for most customers in a nail studio is cleanliness and sanitation. Check out the individual sections to see if they are nice and clean. Watch the technicians' practices in-between treatments to see if they are cleaning and sanitizing everything that is used. Be sure you observe them disinfect soakers and change out towels. All equipment used should be sanitized. You can also ask what kind of sanitizing solution they use. Don't feel bad asking them a list of sanitary questions. This concerns your health.
Make sure you find out about the nail salon's workers and treatments. Almost all places require nail employees to be certified. Many studios will display technicians' certifications on their walls or stations. Be sure you ask to see certifications if they are not up. This will help to make you feel safe in the knowledge that you are getting services from a professional. Some technicians offer specialty treatments. Make sure they openly tell you what each treatment entails, including the cost. Feel free to ask them what techniques, instruments, and products they use.
Good products can mean you get a quality manicure. High quality spas should be using nice products. Many times, the products used are for professional use only and only sold at professional nail salons. Sometimes you can be swayed by the products a studio uses. Be sure they are not handling chemicals that have been banned. These chemicals sometimes have a powerful odor. This could mean they are still using chemicals banned by the FDA. Artificial nail products of all brands let off a powerful odor, so be certain they are not using the wrong ones.
Before you make an end decision, do some research. The internet is full of useful information. Read client reviews on spa websites and nail salon websites. It would be smart to walk in and look around before you make your last decision. A relaxing, clean business will have you returning for more.