Okay, I admit it, I have always gone to the cheap nail places to get manicures and pedicures. I have closed my eyes and pretended I don't know how dirty they are or how bad most of the products they are using are for my nails. I always liked getting in and out quickly and only spending $40 or $50. But, the truth is if I was patient and took my time I could actually do a better job at home with my own products and supplies, which says a lot about how quick and rushed the experience can be.
Rouge, an all organic, all vegan nail salon located in Ferndale. It may have taken a gift certificate to get me in the door, but I'm not quite sure I can never go back to another nail salon. When I booked the appointment I was told I would need two hours for a pedicure. I have never had a pedicure/manicure take more than an hour, so a two hour pedicure intrigued me from the start. I was told to be there 5 minutes early and ask for Michelle.
When I walked in I was greeted by a few ladies behind the counter who were overly friendly and super chic looking. They offered me a hot vanilla coffee and had me take a seat in a fancy pink vintage chair. Michelle introduced herself to me and began working on my pedicure. She brought the water over in a fresh tub and added more hot water whenever it cooled down. Not only did this make me feel a lot cleaner, but she was willing to make the water extremely hot, just the way I like it. She spent the next 2 hours massaging, rubbing, cleaning, oiling, and painting my toe nails. Each product that she used came with an explanation of what it was and why she was using it. When it came time to painting my nails she pulled out two crazy colors that when combined made a really deep dark green, something I love and something a little extra special just for me. The two hours flew by and I not only got a great pedicure, but I feel like I met a new friend. This was nail care at a completely different level.
Rouge not only offers pedicures and manicures, but they also offer makeup, skincare products, makeup application, and waxing services, including facial threading. All of their products are made in Michigan by a company called Eve Organics and the salon itself was opened in 2010 by sisters Cheryl and Jeny. In fact both sisters were there while I was getting a pedicure and came over and introduced themselves. They had no idea I would be reviewing Rouge for the website and still went out of their way to make me feel like family.