MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Pedicures and manicures

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Well-groomed nails aren't cheap. The manicures, the pedicures, the waxes, the gels - it all adds up.

But NBC12's Diva of Discounts found one salon that performs these services for a fraction of what you normally pay.

Relaxing bubbles soothe tired feet. Manicures with hot stone massages invigorate the hands. Parafin wax treatments leave skin feeling silky smooth. These three services combined would normally cost more than $50. Here, it's half that price.

The Nail Spa at Chesterfield Technical Center is student-run.

"We have many salons that come in and work with us, because they need these young professionals," said Matt Roberts, instructor for the Nail Spa at CTC.

Each student applied for a position. Madison Johnson is the manager and feels this course has not only helped her social skills, but also makes her a better job candidate.

"I could go and get a job anywhere, and I'll be licensed, and they will take anyone that's licensed over someone that has no experience," said Madison Johnson.

It's not as simple as filing and polishing.

"Sanitation, bacteriology, anatomy. All of the things that come into play when you service those parts of the body."

Sheila Batchelor had an inside scoop about the salon - she taught cosmetology across the hall for 31 years.

"Absolutely, it's a great deal, plus it gives the students the experience," said Batchelor.

2008 graduate Jamesha Johnson came back to let her former teacher know she's getting ready to run her own salon.

"Great teachers," said Jamesha Johnson. "Coming from them, they give you the correct training on being able to run a business."

If you want nail enhancements, you're in luck. On top of the manis and pedis, these students do acrylics, wraps and gels. Polished perfection without professional prices.

The Nail Spa at Chesterfield Technical Center is open Monday through Friday and is open to everyone. If you'd like to make an appointment, call 768-6160 extension 1046.

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