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Your New Favorite Salon at El Cajon!

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About Us

Welcome to Vivid Nails! As our name suggests, we offer Vivid Nails services to each of our customers. Equipped with all the modern nail care technology, our salon is a place that you would love to be in. From manicures and pedicures to nail extensions and waxing services, we have all nail related services under one roof! We pay a great deal of attention to the cleanliness and hygiene of our salon, so that you have healthy and risk-free services. Our well-trained nail technicians know their work and will offer you the best nail services in town. Friendly staff, affordable prices, high-quality services and customer priority makes our salon a landmark nail salon in El Cajon. Walk in or make an appointment to learn more!

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Waxing

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Pedicure

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Nail Enhancement

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Manicure

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Additional Services

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FAQs

How to book an appointment online?

Book your appointment by sending a notice to the salon manager’s email. Please mention your name, phone number, and the service(s) required.
We will respond to you and confirm your appointment.

How is gel polish or Shellac polish removed?

Gel polish is very difficult to remove with standard nail polish remover and if you peel it off it can damage your nails so it is always advisable to book in for professional take off at …Nails
This involves gentle hand filing, an acetone soak for a few minutes. Your Vivid Nails Technician will then use tools to remove the last of the polish and neaten up your nails ready to go!

How long does normal polish take to dry?

When you have a classical manicure at Vivid Nails, your technician will leave your polish to dry for about 5 minutes before applying a quick-dry spray, which accelerates the drying process. They will then check to see if your manicure still needs drying – it is you’ll have to sit back just a little longer to avoid smudges!
In total, around 10-15 minutes after the last topcoat, your manicure should be touch dry and good to go. Just try to avoid knocking it (easily done by rummaging in your bag!) for about an hour until the polish has fully cured through all the coats.

Will acrylic or gel extensions damage my nails?

If you have your extensions professionally applied and professionally maintained and removed by qualified nail technicians, there should only be minimal damage to your nail plate. However, constant acrylic application can make your nail plate weak so we advise a small break in between. Beware of nail technicians who leave your nails with white patches, damage and weakness.
It goes without saying that if you pick at your nails or pull them off yourself, the nail will be badly damaged. Professional technicians like those will use the correct, branded, high quality products to apply and remove your nail extensions.

How do i care for my nails after my manicure?

To keep a manicure lasting to its full potential avoid getting your nails wet for too long (constant soaking in hot baths or not wearing rubber gloves when washing the dishes) and also avoid coming into contact for prolonged periods with chemicals like those in sunscreen, perfumed products and insect repellent.
Get someone else to do the DIY or tough chores that might cause your manicure to lift, and apply cuticle oil morning and night if you can. This will keep your nails super healthy throughout the duration of your manicure and it will help keep the polish intact.
Finally, don’t pick at your manicure under any circumstances. Instead Book in for a Nail repair if one or nails have damaged otherwise treat yourself to another treatment.

What are cuticles? And which package will include cuticle work?

Cuticles are the small overgrowth of dead skin at the bottom of your nail plate. They join the living tissue to your nail, and protect you from any contaminants getting under your skin.
However, overgrown cuticles are no good! Cuticles should be kept pushed back and tidy to keep your nails looking healthy- short, pushed back cuticles also help you get neat, long lasting polish application and help your nails look longer and more elegant. With standard polish, manicures and pedicures, we advise booking a full manicure and pedicure as oppose to our express treatments. With gel polish, the shellac manicure treatment will do the trick!

What is nail fungus and how can it be prevented?

If the natural nail is pulling away from the nail bed then it will possible that the nail fungus will show underneath. The right application and maintenance of the nail extension will help prevent a nail fungus, as well as using products such as a nail antiseptic or fungal nail treatment

What is a French manicure?

The standard style of a French manicure is when the fingernails are painted pale pink with a white band at the tip. At Vivid Nails you can choose to have the nail bed clear with any colour tip

Can i put acrylics back on immediately after soaking off the old acrylics?

Yes, it’s fine to re-apply acrylics straight away as natural nails are made up of keratin (protein) so nails don’t breathe. If you have ripped your acrylics off causing the natural nail to thin however, then you might want to wait to harden the nails back up, as the acrylics will just add more stress on top of damaged nails

How long does it take for treatment?

Different treatments will vary in different times. Please have a look at our scheduling page here for a full list of treatments, prices and duration of the treatment.

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Reviews

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Lisa Nelson

Yelp

The ladies where very kind and did a great job with massaging my legs and making me feel good and taking care of my foot issue and watching not to make my foot hurt worse. They also free hand beautiful flowers etc on my toes and finger nails!!

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DeeDee Sarvela

Google

Service is great. Technicians are always friendly. Love my nails after Terri works her magic. Pedicures make me feel like a million bucks.

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Maria De Leon

Google

Very clean, sanitary, peaceful environment. April is great she did a fabulous job on my nails. All the ladies are nice ann pleasant. I was a walk in and they took me right away. I will be coming to this place for now on.. Thank you April .

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Eileen Pender

Google

Clean!! Very careful ladies. No pushy “up selling”. Weekday mornings good for walk ins.

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DeeDee Sarvela

Google

Service is great. Technicians are always friendly. Love my nails after Terri works her magic. Pedicures make me feel like a million bucks.

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Nicole S

Yelp

Lily is amazing! She is so talented and everyone is very professional. You can walk in or call ahead. The shop is clean and the pricing is clearly printed. I love getting their spa pedicure with the sea salt scrub. The scrub they use smells heavenly!

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Lena S.

Yelp

I’ve been a customer here for so many years and they are very nice. Liliy does my nails and she’s great!!

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Cheryl G.

Yelp

Everyone is super friendly and will try their very best to make you Comfortable and leave Happy. Check out my nails, they are fabulous!!! Thank you Lilly!!

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Morgan M.

Yelp

I never have to make an appointment and they always make an opening for me! They always have the best service. Very kind and always have the softest touch.

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