Happy Nails & Spa of Pasadena

★★☆☆☆
  • 380 East Colorado Blvd. Suite C147

    Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 626-304-9937

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Horrible place. I went there yesterday to get a gel manicure. When I've gone to Dashing Diva, these manicures last AT least 3 weeks, hence worth the extra money you pay. Here, the polish got chipped off the next day! $30 down the drain! In addition to horrible service, they make you wait too long.

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★☆☆☆☆

Horrible place. I went there yesterday to get a gel manicure. When I've gone to Dashing Diva, these manicures last AT least 3 weeks, hence worth the extra money you pay. Here, the polish got chipped off the next day! $30 down the drain! In addition to horrible service, they make you wait too long.

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* Very rushed each time I've been so it is not at all relaxing.
* The massage is about 1 1/2 minutes, not what is written in the package for the pedicure I chose
* They literally are done with even the expensive deluxe packages in about 10 minutes. They rush through each step, stick you under the dryer, and then are nowhere to be found when you need to put on your shoes.
* The nail lady next to me had a license on her space that was expiring the very next day. Hmm...

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★☆☆☆☆

* Very rushed each time I've been so it is not at all relaxing.
* The massage is about 1 1/2 minutes, not what is written in the package for the pedicure I chose
* They literally are done with even the expensive deluxe packages in about 10 minutes. They rush through each step, stick you under the dryer, and then are nowhere to be found when you need to put on your shoes.
* The nail lady next to me had a license on her space that was expiring the very next day. Hmm...

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Went there and was quite shocked by how they clean their tools! Got quite an eyefull sitting in the back of the business. Saw techs rinsing off used tools with water. Drying them off with a used towel and then placing them back in a bag that they sealed themselves. I pointed this out to the lady sitting next to me and she couldn't believe it either.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there and was quite shocked by how they clean their tools! Got quite an eyefull sitting in the back of the business. Saw techs rinsing off used tools with water. Drying them off with a used towel and then placing them back in a bag that they sealed themselves. I pointed this out to the lady sitting next to me and she couldn't believe it either.

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This is the worst service I have ever experienced at any establishment. Evidently, I'm not the only one who had a terrible experience. We took one for the team. Go somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst service I have ever experienced at any establishment. Evidently, I'm not the only one who had a terrible experience. We took one for the team. Go somewhere else.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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Never go here. It is completely frantic and unrelaxing. The polish was the worst job ever done on my toes and they didn't even scrub my feet. Never again. Not happy want my money back as I need a new pedicure.

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★☆☆☆☆

Never go here. It is completely frantic and unrelaxing. The polish was the worst job ever done on my toes and they didn't even scrub my feet. Never again. Not happy want my money back as I need a new pedicure.

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I am a Pasadenian and I truly enjoy and take pride in the fine quality of Old Town and the Paseo along with all the other rich artifacts Pasadena brings. I am also a lady of leisure on a beer budget, but I do not hesitate to pay for good service. Unfortunately, Happy Nails does not pose the fine quality that Pasadena delivers. It should be removed; it absolutely does not belong in the Paseo. Let me tell you- I?ve been there numerous of times giving it yet another try, hoping that something good will come of it. Unfortunately, it never does. I always assumed that I had a poor manicurist/pedicures. When I would get fills, my nails would lift in about two days. I would return and hope that they would fix it for free (I spent nearly $90.00 every time I visited). They charged me the five-dollar fee to fix the nail. Then a few days later more nails would lift and fall off- it was a never-ending cycle. They would always tell me that I need a new set, so I gave it a try. It did not solve the problem. My pedicures cost way too much- I believe $35.00-$45.00 because you had to pay for every little thing. I am a big fan of the massage they give while giving a pedicure, however, they give the massage for one minutes on each leg unless you pay more money. Everything is more money in Happy Nails. A few days ago, I saw a sign the advertised $29.00 for a spa pedicure, paraffin wax on hands only and hot oil manicure so I there I was telling myself $29.00 for mani/pedi is not too bad. I went in with a hopeful frown. They turned me down, explaining that I needed a coupon for the deal AND since it was Friday, the deal was no good. Fine. But even worse, she totally blew me off and continued talking to her staff without further discussion. Save your money and your time. Go elsewhere. I tried one too many times. See ya later Dummy Nails.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a Pasadenian and I truly enjoy and take pride in the fine quality of Old Town and the Paseo along with all the other rich artifacts Pasadena brings. I am also a lady of leisure on a beer budget, but I do not hesitate to pay for good service. Unfortunately, Happy Nails does not pose the fine quality that Pasadena delivers. It should be removed; it absolutely does not belong in the Paseo. Let me tell you- I?ve been there numerous of times giving it yet another try, hoping that something good will come of it. Unfortunately, it never does. I always assumed that I had a poor manicurist/pedicures. When I would get fills, my nails would lift in about two days. I would return and hope that they would fix it for free (I spent nearly $90.00 every time I visited). They charged me the five-dollar fee to fix the nail. Then a few days later more nails would lift and fall off- it was a never-ending cycle. They would always tell me that I need a new set, so I gave it a try. It did not solve the problem. My pedicures cost way too much- I believe $35.00-$45.00 because you had to pay for every little thing. I am a big fan of the massage they give while giving a pedicure, however, they give the massage for one minutes on each leg unless you pay more money. Everything is more money in Happy Nails. A few days ago, I saw a sign the advertised $29.00 for a spa pedicure, paraffin wax on hands only and hot oil manicure so I there I was telling myself $29.00 for mani/pedi is not too bad. I went in with a hopeful frown. They turned me down, explaining that I needed a coupon for the deal AND since it was Friday, the deal was no good. Fine. But even worse, she totally blew me off and continued talking to her staff without further discussion. Save your money and your time. Go elsewhere. I tried one too many times. See ya later Dummy Nails.

Pros: Good Location,

Cons: expensive, lack customer service, bad nail job

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I went there with my girlfriend. I always wanted to go there since it just looks sooo nice! BEWARE~ we went there and the people who was doing our nails was trying to talk us into doing all these random things to our nails. basically services that we dont need or want. the lady who was doing my nails was horrible! she cut my fingers in many places and did such a horible job! i never in my life had such bad nails!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there with my girlfriend. I always wanted to go there since it just looks sooo nice! BEWARE~ we went there and the people who was doing our nails was trying to talk us into doing all these random things to our nails. basically services that we dont need or want. the lady who was doing my nails was horrible! she cut my fingers in many places and did such a horible job! i never in my life had such bad nails!

Pros: hot looking place

Cons: the skills and the rudeness of the workers

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Well, I'm an intermittent pedi girl, and usually get a very decent, average-priced job done at a mall-front shop on Alameda in Burbank(near my work). However, as I live in Pasadena, badly needed a pedicure and having noticed this place while doing my regular Sephora/Macy's run, I thought "why not here?" It was local, and it looked comfy and clean-relatively(bathrooms just so-so). I don't really love all the bells and whistles at nail places-for me, it's unnecessary to have my legs rubbed wiht pink no-name lotion, and the soles of my feet are *very* ticklish, and I'd rather do the whole "sugar scrub" thing at home myself.
I also hate spending an hour getting nails done...so I walked in to Happy Nails asking for the BASIC, 20 dollar pedi. I had about 30 bucks cash on me, hadn't been to the ATM yet, and thought I could easily get in and out with my basic pedi for a max(with tip)of my cash in pocket.
WRONG. I've since heard of "upselling" in other reviews of various salons--and girls,"Happy Nails" one has to be the worst practioners. Let me put it this way: by the time I got out of there, I owed 40 bucks! Less tip! I made very plain to begin with that I JUST wanted the basic pedi, and was ushered to a spa chair. I firgured that was standard as I didn't see any other type of pedi stations. While giving me the going ov er, the woman didn't ask, she TOLD me in barely comprehensible english that I had to have a scrub on my heel. As that's standard at my other place(I was already soaking in the foot bath), I said "okay". My first mistake. Then she asked "you want lotion?" Again, standard elsewhere. I said okay again. Long story a bit shorter, of course everything was an additonal 5-7 bucks. The topper came when as she did my polish she asked me a question I did NOT understand at all...I felt embarrassed but when I realized she was asking me if I wanted a FLOWER painted on my big toe(I'm 40! Not 12!), I said NO! Guess what? She did it anyway! I was so flabbergasted and stupidly afraid of offending her I just rolled my eyes and cringed. Maybe it wouldn't look too bad(yeah, right). Of course-add another 10 bucks for a service I'd declined! I will say I DID manage to get her to NOT put rhinestones in the middle of the "flower" she painted with what looked for all the world like Liquid Paper on top of my beautiful red Chanel polish. That took real arm twisting, many many NOs on my part, sigh. I was pretty furious, but what could I do? I felt duped and a fool. I at least felt used enough to feel justified rather than embarrassed when I went to the counter and told the woman running the place that I'd have to go to the ATM as I'd expected a 20-25 dollar pedi and just didn't have enough money on me, so she would have to wait till I got the rest of the amount in a few minutes. I said plainly "I'm sorry, but I'd asked for the plain pedi and didn't expect it to cost this much-plus I have to leave a gratuity". She said nothiong at all and simply glared at me, walking away from the counter I went to the atm in my flip flops, returned with the money--the proprietor looked surprised II'd come back--takes one to expect one, I suppose-and I went ahead, defeated, and gave the woman who'd worked on me a 15% tip, even though I was miserable. The main reason: She DID do a fine job with the polishing, etc. and I am sure was just doing as ordered with the bait & switch manner of offhandedly telling me she was "doing lotion now, now I scrub" while never mentioning the additional charges for each movement so why penalize her?
But of course I am NEVER going back there again. I guess it's a dream place for 14 year olds with mom's credit card, but no way for this adult. A shame, really--I would have been happy to be a regular at "Happy" nails. No way. Beware.

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, I'm an intermittent pedi girl, and usually get a very decent, average-priced job done at a mall-front shop on Alameda in Burbank(near my work). However, as I live in Pasadena, badly needed a pedicure and having noticed this place while doing my regular Sephora/Macy's run, I thought "why not here?" It was local, and it looked comfy and clean-relatively(bathrooms just so-so). I don't really love all the bells and whistles at nail places-for me, it's unnecessary to have my legs rubbed wiht pink no-name lotion, and the soles of my feet are *very* ticklish, and I'd rather do the whole "sugar scrub" thing at home myself.
I also hate spending an hour getting nails done...so I walked in to Happy Nails asking for the BASIC, 20 dollar pedi. I had about 30 bucks cash on me, hadn't been to the ATM yet, and thought I could easily get in and out with my basic pedi for a max(with tip)of my cash in pocket.
WRONG. I've since heard of "upselling" in other reviews of various salons--and girls,"Happy Nails" one has to be the worst practioners. Let me put it this way: by the time I got out of there, I owed 40 bucks! Less tip! I made very plain to begin with that I JUST wanted the basic pedi, and was ushered to a spa chair. I firgured that was standard as I didn't see any other type of pedi stations. While giving me the going ov er, the woman didn't ask, she TOLD me in barely comprehensible english that I had to have a scrub on my heel. As that's standard at my other place(I was already soaking in the foot bath), I said "okay". My first mistake. Then she asked "you want lotion?" Again, standard elsewhere. I said okay again. Long story a bit shorter, of course everything was an additonal 5-7 bucks. The topper came when as she did my polish she asked me a question I did NOT understand at all...I felt embarrassed but when I realized she was asking me if I wanted a FLOWER painted on my big toe(I'm 40! Not 12!), I said NO! Guess what? She did it anyway! I was so flabbergasted and stupidly afraid of offending her I just rolled my eyes and cringed. Maybe it wouldn't look too bad(yeah, right). Of course-add another 10 bucks for a service I'd declined! I will say I DID manage to get her to NOT put rhinestones in the middle of the "flower" she painted with what looked for all the world like Liquid Paper on top of my beautiful red Chanel polish. That took real arm twisting, many many NOs on my part, sigh. I was pretty furious, but what could I do? I felt duped and a fool. I at least felt used enough to feel justified rather than embarrassed when I went to the counter and told the woman running the place that I'd have to go to the ATM as I'd expected a 20-25 dollar pedi and just didn't have enough money on me, so she would have to wait till I got the rest of the amount in a few minutes. I said plainly "I'm sorry, but I'd asked for the plain pedi and didn't expect it to cost this much-plus I have to leave a gratuity". She said nothiong at all and simply glared at me, walking away from the counter I went to the atm in my flip flops, returned with the money--the proprietor looked surprised II'd come back--takes one to expect one, I suppose-and I went ahead, defeated, and gave the woman who'd worked on me a 15% tip, even though I was miserable. The main reason: She DID do a fine job with the polishing, etc. and I am sure was just doing as ordered with the bait & switch manner of offhandedly telling me she was "doing lotion now, now I scrub" while never mentioning the additional charges for each movement so why penalize her?
But of course I am NEVER going back there again. I guess it's a dream place for 14 year olds with mom's credit card, but no way for this adult. A shame, really--I would have been happy to be a regular at "Happy" nails. No way. Beware.

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Avoid this nail salon at all costs! We made a reservation for 3 spa pedicures for our group to celebrate a friends birthday. Not only did they forget our reservation, but made us wait a very long time when they made this mistake, and let several walk-in customers ahead of us.

Then, when we FINALLY sat down for our pedicures (at all different times even though we booked together so we could sit together) they kept trying to add on extra services and would say the additional price under their breath so that we'd think it was included. After saying 5 times that "No thank you, we would just like the REGULAR spa pedicure" they became cold and finished quickly. We all had the shortest pedicures of our lives, 10 minutes tops, with very limited services, they hardly did ANYTHING that is normally included in a standard pedicure. They just wanted us out of chairs so they could continue ripping off customer after customer. SAVE YOUR MONEY, LADIES! If we just wanted our toes painted, we'd do it ourselves. GOOD LUCK!

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this nail salon at all costs! We made a reservation for 3 spa pedicures for our group to celebrate a friends birthday. Not only did they forget our reservation, but made us wait a very long time when they made this mistake, and let several walk-in customers ahead of us.

Then, when we FINALLY sat down for our pedicures (at all different times even though we booked together so we could sit together) they kept trying to add on extra services and would say the additional price under their breath so that we'd think it was included. After saying 5 times that "No thank you, we would just like the REGULAR spa pedicure" they became cold and finished quickly. We all had the shortest pedicures of our lives, 10 minutes tops, with very limited services, they hardly did ANYTHING that is normally included in a standard pedicure. They just wanted us out of chairs so they could continue ripping off customer after customer. SAVE YOUR MONEY, LADIES! If we just wanted our toes painted, we'd do it ourselves. GOOD LUCK!

Pros: In Paseo Colorado, near shopping and restaurants

Cons: Attitude, Service, Price, Didn't Keep Appointment, Felt Very Rushed

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I went to Happy Nails because it was convenient... I was shopping at Paseo Colorado and stopped in to get a pedicure. The other Happy Nails I've been to (Irvine, Alhambra) have been decent, but this one is overpriced and not that great. They immediately tried to push the spa chair on me. (I never use the spa chair because I'm a germaphobe.) Everything seems to be an add-on, like the foot scrub. The nail polish was very streaky for both my friend and I. I've been to much better places where the price is cheaper, quality is better, and people are friendlier.

PROS: convenient location
CONS: too expensive for the subpar quality

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★★☆☆☆

I went to Happy Nails because it was convenient... I was shopping at Paseo Colorado and stopped in to get a pedicure. The other Happy Nails I've been to (Irvine, Alhambra) have been decent, but this one is overpriced and not that great. They immediately tried to push the spa chair on me. (I never use the spa chair because I'm a germaphobe.) Everything seems to be an add-on, like the foot scrub. The nail polish was very streaky for both my friend and I. I've been to much better places where the price is cheaper, quality is better, and people are friendlier.

PROS: convenient location
CONS: too expensive for the subpar quality

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my appointments are always less than a half hour, and the prices are very reasonable, to boot! i'd definitely recommend going here to get your nails done.

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★★★★☆

my appointments are always less than a half hour, and the prices are very reasonable, to boot! i'd definitely recommend going here to get your nails done.

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This place is very clean and bright and pleasant looking, which I appreciate. They do first-class pedicures as you sit in a wondeful massage chair. I have also gotten waxing done here and while not amazing, I keep going back so they must be OK.

Also they have a convenient location in Paseo Colorado.

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★★★★☆

This place is very clean and bright and pleasant looking, which I appreciate. They do first-class pedicures as you sit in a wondeful massage chair. I have also gotten waxing done here and while not amazing, I keep going back so they must be OK.

Also they have a convenient location in Paseo Colorado.

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Believing I couldn't go wrong choosing this salon due to its location in the Colorado Paseo and its popularity, I made an appointment specifically requesting a regular pedicure. When I arrived, I gave my name and appointment time to the person at the front desk, who didn't verify the information, and quickly directed me to a pedicurist who was ready for me at a chair up in the front. During the pedicure, I was offered every service available from special creams for my feet to waxing and even after declining, the pedicurist proceeded to offer, suggesting I really needed them. (I go elsewhere for these services, thank you very much.) She then quickly treated my cuticles (not really taking time for each nail), and in her hurry, cut the skin above one of my toes causing me to bleed! I asked for a wet cotton ball three times before she provided it and after I stopped the bleeding, she tried to help by pressing so hard, she was actually hurting me. She then applied a liquid to stop the bleeding and proceeded to polish my nails. By this point, I was truly apprehensive of her touching me at all, so I watched her very carefully. When she was done, I was charged for a spa pedicure (Spa pedicure? That quick job was supposed to be a spa pedicure?!). I quickly pointed out that I had specifically made an appointment for a regular pedicure. I was told that regular pedicures are performed at the chairs in the center of the salon, not the front. I hadn't chosen the seat I was offered and pointed out that I was a new customer, so I did not know. The price adjustment was made and I was then directed to a chair in the back to dry my nails. At that point, the manager walked over to speak with employees seated at the back near me and one after another would turn and look at me while she spoke in an apparently upset tone. I was not impressed and extremely uncomfortable. I walked out of there upset and insulted. Happy Nails? Not mine!

PROS:
CONS: Read above

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★★☆☆☆

Believing I couldn't go wrong choosing this salon due to its location in the Colorado Paseo and its popularity, I made an appointment specifically requesting a regular pedicure. When I arrived, I gave my name and appointment time to the person at the front desk, who didn't verify the information, and quickly directed me to a pedicurist who was ready for me at a chair up in the front. During the pedicure, I was offered every service available from special creams for my feet to waxing and even after declining, the pedicurist proceeded to offer, suggesting I really needed them. (I go elsewhere for these services, thank you very much.) She then quickly treated my cuticles (not really taking time for each nail), and in her hurry, cut the skin above one of my toes causing me to bleed! I asked for a wet cotton ball three times before she provided it and after I stopped the bleeding, she tried to help by pressing so hard, she was actually hurting me. She then applied a liquid to stop the bleeding and proceeded to polish my nails. By this point, I was truly apprehensive of her touching me at all, so I watched her very carefully. When she was done, I was charged for a spa pedicure (Spa pedicure? That quick job was supposed to be a spa pedicure?!). I quickly pointed out that I had specifically made an appointment for a regular pedicure. I was told that regular pedicures are performed at the chairs in the center of the salon, not the front. I hadn't chosen the seat I was offered and pointed out that I was a new customer, so I did not know. The price adjustment was made and I was then directed to a chair in the back to dry my nails. At that point, the manager walked over to speak with employees seated at the back near me and one after another would turn and look at me while she spoke in an apparently upset tone. I was not impressed and extremely uncomfortable. I walked out of there upset and insulted. Happy Nails? Not mine!

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