Pedicures give feet a break from the daily monotony of walking to bus stops and drop-kicking unsolvable Rubik's cubes. Pamper paws with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a deluxe pedicure (a $43 value) and paraffin wax treatment (a $10 value) at Sasse Nails in South Saint Paul (a $53 total value).
The cuticle experts at Sasse Nails reshape toenails and soothe feet worn from summertime exposure with deluxe pedicures and paraffin dips. In about 40 minutes, nail techs buff unruly toe tops, shaping nails into pleasing parenthesis stencils and trimming boundary-crossing cuticles. An exfoliating scrub sends dead skin packing from soles before a soothing cucumber mask draws out impurities. The scented salt scrub further sloughs and hydrates skin as a neck-nuzzling heat pack coaxes stress hiding in neck muscles, and a massage with hot towels soothes anxious toes. Finally, the warm paraffin-wax treatment helps to moisturize and soften dry skin, and a coat of shiny polish can emblazon phalange shields with a family coat of arms.
Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.
408 Southview Blvd.
South Saint Paul, Minnesota 55075