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how can i change beauty therapists without upsetting anyone?

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mckenzie Thu 18-Jun-09 12:41:58

I've been going to the same salon for about 5 years and usually have the same therapist and we've got quite friendly as you can imagine. We don't socialise together but just chat, we were invited to her wedding along with a few other of her clients, I've lent her books, she's listen to my problems etc. Anyway, sometimes i have to have one of the other girls as this therapist might be busy or not working that day and I have come to realise that the manicure that i get from one of the other girls is much better than the one I get from my regular therapist. How do i go about changing my manicure appointments without upsetting anyone? At the moment, because I am actively trying to sort out my nails after years or biting/picking/peeling etc I am having weekly or fortnightly manicures so it's not just a one off thing that I can get round when the time comes. Any advice gratefully received.

TIA

janinlondon Thu 18-Jun-09 16:45:05

Find out when her days off are?

mckenzie Thu 18-Jun-09 17:34:53

she doesn't really have any regular ones Jan as she's the owner. She does have time off but chooses her days based around when none of her clients have made appointments.

mckenzie Thu 18-Jun-09 21:54:11

anyone else have any ideas please??

Goober Thu 18-Jun-09 21:56:41

Being the owner, she must get very booked up. Make your appointment at short notice, ie the same day.

mckenzie Thu 18-Jun-09 22:01:02

thanks Goober but all of the girls tend to get very booked up so i will try that but it might backfire on me and I'll end up with no manicure!!. The salon is in a Health Club and seems to be very busy all the time. I was wondering about asking a friend to call and say that the other therapist had been recommended to her and find out when this other therapist works and then try and book my appt for the same day/times and hope that my original lady is already booked up. Or should i just be very honest and tell the truth??

fucksticks Thu 18-Jun-09 22:05:03

or go somewhere else entirely?
book manicure PLUS pedicure or something and ask them both to be done at same time but specify the boss to do the other one?

brimfull Thu 18-Jun-09 22:06:29

I have same dilemma with my hairdresser

been going to same guy for about 9 yrs now and had my hair done by new igirl when he was on holiday and it was nicer..

mckenzie Thu 18-Jun-09 22:12:26

I like the idea of both at the same time but that would have to be a one off, I couldn't afford to be doing that all the time. I might try somewhere else just for my manicures but then my therapist will see that i'm having them done elsewhere and I'll still feel awful sad . It's so hard isn't it ggirl? Although I do appreciate that in the big scheme of things we're lucky to only have things like this to worry about.

fucksticks Fri 19-Jun-09 08:38:23

got it.
tell her your sister has just trained as a beauty therapist and has aske dyou to be her guinea pig. you'd feel so terrible to say no to her as she really needs the practice blah blah blah
and then go somewhere else!

devotion Fri 19-Jun-09 10:20:08

or you could tell her about the manicure that the other girl done and ask if she can do it like that.

she may have just got lazy with it ahnd if you tell her this then she may try to make it better.

heavenstobetsy Fri 19-Jun-09 10:24:15

do you just get your nails done or do you get other treatments? If its more than nails then just use the new girl for those and keep using your usual woman for the rest. If she says anything I'd just say I was so impressed with what the new girl did you thought you'd use her for a change - to be honest, if I was the manager I'd be pleased the girl was doing a great job rather than thinking you thought I was a bit crap IYSWIM

mckenzie Fri 19-Jun-09 11:54:31

thank you all so much. I'm going to go with Heavenstobetsy's idea. Keep my regular therapists for waxing and stuff but ask for the other girl for manicures. And if she comments then i'll just bite the bullet and tell her the truth. Thanks again.

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