Pasadena >Beauty > Dashing Diva
27 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110334.146218 -118.148898
Neighborhoods: West Central
Most importantly, it?s the only place you can get the highly-touted Virtual Nails service-- revolutionary, custom-fit, transparent nails that are a faster, healthier alternative to acrylics and UV gel extension methods. The hygiene and sanitation, including autoclaving of all metal tools (just like at the dentist's office) and disposable emery boards and blocks, is perhaps the most comprehensive in the nail salon industry today.
No wonder Dashing Diva is written up in all the top magazines (Elle, InStyle, Allure). Get your nails done Thursday or Friday evenings and receive a free cosmo with your treatment.
Dissapointed Diva... – Found this place on the internet and was excited to make an appointment. Cleanliness is very important to me as well as fantastic customer service. Made an appointment for Saturday at 10:30am figuring it wouldn't be too busy and I wouldn't be rushed out. I arrive early and the young woman receptionist was rude. She didn't greet me or ask if I could be helped. I had to greet her first! The mani/pedi I received was nice but the polish on my fingernails peeled off within 2 days! When I was finished and ready to pay the receptionist kept true-to-form and was as rude to me as when I arrived. I was standing there waiting for my bill, she said nothing to me just handed me a receipt for my services, she didn't ask me how the service went and if I was happy, didn't say thank you and when I left she didn't say good bye or come again. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE customer service. Will never return to Dashing Diva. When I pay as much as I paid for a mani/pedi I expect excellent customer service - this is NOT what I received here. Very dissapointed.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Modern and girly, California's first outpost of the popular New York nail spa chain is plastered in a pink and white color scheme that extends to the pedicure lounge in the back. The vibe is fun and chatty on Thursday and Friday evenings, when a free cosmo is served with any service. On other days, you can sip Egyptian chamomile or oolong from the hot tea bar while your digits get done. Manis and pedis come in four levels of indulgence, from basic ($15 and $25, respectively) to All-Out Diva options that include hand and foot "facials," exfoliator, a paraffin treatment and a 10-minute massage. The popular Virtual Nails will set you back $30 and last at least two weeks. These clear, custom-fit, full-cover nails won't damage your natural nail beds and don't require harsh chemicals or fill-ins. Basically, they're the cheaper, faster and less frustrating alternative to acrylics. Dashing Diva also takes sanitation seriously. Metal tools are sterilized like dental equipment (a process called autoclaving), emery boards and blocks are disposable and feet are soaked in ceramic sinks rather than bacteria-breeding whirlpool baths. Dudes can be divas too, with three manicure options with masculine names like Racer, Winner and Player. More than 100 polishes are available from Dashing Diva's in-house line.
VIRTUAL NAILS SAVED MY NAILS – I found this place by accident and when I discovered Virtual Nails, my years-long acrylic nails nightmare ended. Virtual Nails allowed my badly damaged natural nail beds to heal and now my real nails are strong are healthy, but I can't resist the pretty Virtual Nails--
The great thing is if I just want natural nails for awhile, it's no problem, cause when I take them off, my own nails aren't ruined. It's no more expensive than getting fills for acrylics and you don't have to do it if you don't want to...
and, I had a pedi, too, and it was heavenly...
This place is clean, pretty and everyone is nice, professional and knows what they're doing...
I'm telling everyone about Dashing Diva...
Dashing experience.. not so much – I was excited to get a mani and a pedi with a friend of mine who had gone to this salon. It was early on a Saturday, and we walked in they didn't seem too busy maybe about 6 women getting serviced. So we walk in and a woman greeted us, then went to answer the phone. We stood there and since I had never been there I looked at the marketing and also the "menu." We probably waited 10 mins before someone asked if we needed help.There was a gentleman standing at the counter but was distracted. Anyways, they told us they couldn't take us because they were "busy," and that we would have to come back 3 hours later! Unbelievable, because we didn't have an appointment. I find it interesting to turn away paying customers, and at that a NEW customer when there were salon technicians who were not even busy. Instead we went somewhere else, and I was way more satisfied and I got more for my money in the end.
What a find!! – I can't believe I just happened to walk into this place last week. I've never had a more enjoyable experience at a nail salon. Seriously, most of the times, getting your nails done is usually a drag and most of us women treat it as a chore we just have to get done. But this place just rocks. I had some much fun talking to my technician as well as the lady getting a pedicure next to me. The vibe is absolutely perfect and there is no place that will be more sanitary. I don't live in this area but I am sure it will just be a matter of time before they start popping up everywhere!
Dashing Diva in pain – When I first walked in I was dazzled by the decor, the advertisements, and the creative marketing. I was impressed by the "cleanliness" info on the brochure. I was given two girls for my manicure and pedicure. They talked to each other in another language. I tried to join in and they laughed because I misunderstood their comments. The pedicure was painful. My skin was filed instead of my nail. I had to ask her twice to stop hurting me. She also poked to hard with the under the nail instrument. Minimal massage for both feet and hands. I ordered tea and it never came. I asked for it again when my nails were drying. The tea was too hot to drink until after my manicure was complete. They didn't charge me for the drink. The concept and marketing is spot on but the same experience of painful torture and foreign language have me wondering if the goal is not what I thought I was buying. I will try other venues but I would try it one more time but ask ahead of time for someone more experienced. I thought I was training someone how to manicure painlessly.
Great Valentine's Gift – The gift cerfiticate I bought for my pregnant wife was wonderful! She really enjoyed her time and can't wait to go back. Thank you Dashin gDiva!
Dashing Out of There, Part II – After reading mixed reviews, I decided to give it try in my desperation to find a place I like since moving to LA. I called ahead and asked if they were able to accomodate me and was asked to come two hours from then. I specifically asked if I needed an appointment and if they did designs and was given the answer no and yes, respectively. Upon arrival, I was told they were not able to accomodate me for at least 45 min for not having an appointment; the guy behind the counter was not friendly and quite cold. I returned to give it a fair shake and admit that it was quite clean. However, the lady who help me, though nice, barely spoke English (a pet peeve of mine). She also was able to inform me that they rarely do designs because they are so busy with large parties. When my pedicure got messed up, they simply put more coats on to cover up the problem! 4 hours later, I was hungry, tired, and my meter for my car had been up for hours. I left paying an extraordinary amount for mediocre service. If cleanliness is important and you're willing to pay, by all means. If a good pedicure in addition to that is important, this is not a place you will be satisfied at.
It's great to be a Diva! – I am finally getting around to reviewing this great new nail salon I found a couple of weeks ago. It's absolutely, the cutest place you'll find in LA and when I was there last, my niece was going berserk because she saw Ashley Tisdale and her sister getting their nails done! I got the Spoiled Diva Pedicure and it was by far the best pedicure I have ever gotten. No exaggeration. There are so many steps to it and the end result is a flawless pair of great-looking feet! Can't wait for my next visit!
A very pleasant nail experience. – Finally made it into my mom's new nail place. The place was super cute but I shied away til now due to their prices. But since it was my mom's treat I was off to my first experience at Dashing Diva. I admit the place was very clean compared to any other nail salon I've visited and the pedicure was actually not that bad. I got the "spoiled" pedicure and the treatment your feet get is really worth the $45 or so. Since they have pedicure packages, you aren't pressured by their upselling and we got to sit in their "VIP Room." I hope I'll be back very soon. I'm just trying to convince my mom to make this our "mother and daughter" outing so I won't have to pay for it.
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