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Dashing Diva Virtual Nails

Try It: Dashing Diva Virtual Nails

Fashion Week is one of those times, like someone else's wedding, where you feel pressured to look amazing even though no one is paying attention to you. So when I realized my nails were a cracked, bitten mess, I decided to go for a complete overhaul. Enter Dashing Diva. DD is a nail salon that offers a service called Virtual Nails (click through for a list of locations all over the world), during which your nubs are lightly filed and falsies are glued on.

Diva differs from a typical nail salon because of its superior hygiene and sanitation regulations. My favorite being that they give you a set of tools to bring back on your next visit. That and they don't use acrylics that smell like chemicals, you know the ones which often require technicians to wear surgical masks.

At the NY salon, the service costs $35 but that's a small price to pay for nails that are neither toxic nor cause the same kind of damage I'm trying to hide. To find out more about my visit,


My technician, Maria, started by rubbing sanitizer on both of our hands. She then trimmed my cuticles and filed my nail beds. Next, she had me wash my hands and then spent a lot of time meticulously choosing the perfect size nail for each of my fingers, writing down what she settled on for next time. Once the nails were glued on, we settled on a length and shape and she trimmed and filed them. As for the color, I chose a modest rosy shade, thinking that I may as well not call attention to my fake nails, but changed my mind and went for a bright yellow called Anna Banana. After all, when someone asks me if they're real, I can always respond, "real cool!"

Inside Dashing Diva

My nails before


Before polish was applied

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
This looks gorgeous and such a good price for awesome sanitation and lovely, non-damaging nails.
Atiyah Atiyah 9 years
I wish they had one in the Washington DC area.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i've been to a few Dashing Diva locations in new york, and every single manicure has been sub-par. i love that they have high standards for cleanliness, but when i can do a better job on my own nails, what's the point?
Mirandalicious Mirandalicious 9 years
I went to Dashing Diva when they first started several years ago, when I read about them in a magazine. They touted a safer and more natural-looking alternative to acrylic nails. The woman who did your should be fired. They are hideously fake-looking with tacky 'bumps' typical of cheaper manicures.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
Yay, finally something for those in the NY area! I like how that color looks on you, yellow is hard color to pull off. I'm so bookmarking their webbie for the next time I visit the city.
jkat jkat 9 years
I am also piping in for a Chicago location. Side note: Every time I try yellow nail polish I end up taking it off immediately. I think it just looks like nail fungus.
OhFish OhFish 9 years
Agreed, Maryanny! Looks like most of the locations in the US are in NY. Your nails look wonderful, Bella. Love that shade!
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
"Aww, Chicago's left out too." I second that notion! Get one in Chi-town ASAP!
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 9 years
That's a great price! I love that you picked Anna Banana for Fashion Week! That is so something I would do! Love it!
psychobabble psychobabble 9 years
Aww, Chicago's left out too.
maryanny maryanny 9 years
none in TX, I was hoping for one in Dallas!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
$35 for fake nails is not bad! Most place charge at least $30 here, so whats an extra $5 for cleanliness?
myystque myystque 9 years
Thanks for sharing this! I went online and it turns out there's a location in Pasadena, which is very close to me. And they even have a "girl's night out" service--free drinks on Thurs. and Fridays with any service. How cool is that?
briannaNicole briannaNicole 9 years
Dang! No locations in SF yet! Can't wait to try this out!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
that's sooooo cheap for fake nails! Here, in my city, regular acyricals cost up to $50!!!
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