$19 for One Shellac Manicure at Lee's Total Body Care ($30 value)

Downtown Livermore

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In a Nutshell

Nail technician pampers hands while filing and shaping nails before applying long-lasting Shellac polish

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Subject to availability. Extra $5 fee for nail polish removal. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $19 for one manicure with Shellac polish ($30 value)

Cuticles: Defending Your Digits

Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon’s investigation.

No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.

Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection—even with properly sanitized instruments—may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they’ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it’s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.

Customer Reviews

Lee is awesome.
Robyn H. · September 9, 2016
Lily is very kind and she made sure my nails were taken care of with a shellac manicure. My past experience with other nail salons ruined and buffed my nails too thin! Lily knew what she was doing and she also gave me good waxing experiences for my face and underarms! She is skilled in all beauty areas! Highly recommended! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to have a chance with someone who knows what they're doing!
Kainoa S. · June 11, 2016
The owner is very courteous, we had a nice chat. She gave me good advice on the nail color and I am glad that I listened and made the right choice. I enjoy my nail color today three weeks after it was done, and in perfect shape.
Emily · June 5, 2016

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