- Beauty enthusiasts are looking to save money on the cost of their manicures.
- One way to save money is to have a robot paint
As the tipping debate continues, some women have found a quick and convenient way to avoid paying extra money at the nail salon.
Come in, robots!
The TikTokers, whose names are @foxymamabailey and @getalifesarah, posted separate videos on their TikTok accounts of the robot doing their nails.
User @getalifesarah got her robotic manicure in November 2023 at her school for just $10.
The other woman spent just $8 on her robotic manicure at Target, which she showed off in a Feb. 28 TikTok video.
The robot prevented women from having to tip a manicurist and both were able to spend less than the average cost of a standard manicure at a nail salon.
Women have started using robotic manicurists to avoid tipping the nail technician. Two women posted videos on TikTok to show the process of getting a manicure
User @getalifesarah got her robotic manicure in November 2023 at her school for just $10. The other woman spent just $8 on her robotic manicure at Target
Clockwork, a California-based nail tech company that launched in 2021, has created many robotic manicurists nationwide.
The machines are intended to provide “quick, affordable personal care” to anyone looking to get a manicure.
There are currently more than 10 Clockwork locations nationwide, and shoppers can also get a robotic manicure at six Target stores.
User @foxymamabailey was one of the many customers who decided to get their robotic manicure at Target.
The machine she was on successfully painted her thumbnail blue yesterday and the TikToker revealed that the manicure only took 10 minutes to complete.
One downside to the Clockwork machine is the possibility of a technical malfunction like the one @getalifesarah had.
The machine finally started working again and she got a 10-minute manicure that only cost her $10.
Clockwork manicure robots have proven successful, but another new company seeks to “radically transform the manicure market.”
Both women had their nails done with robots created by Clockwork, a California-based nail technology company that launched in 2021.
There are currently more than 10 Clockwork locations nationwide and shoppers can also get a robotic manicure at six Target stores.
A total of 35 engineers spent more than four years developing a robot that can remove old nail polish, shape a nail, and paint multiple layers.
According fast companyThe robot is the size of a large shoe box and is large enough to fit your entire hand inside the machine.
“Nail technicians work intuitively and based on their experiences,” said 10Beauty co-founder Alex Shashou.
“We translated all of that into numbers, so we can identify the optimal amount of paint to put on the brush and paint up to 0.2 millimeters from the edge of the nail.”
The robot is currently in production in Malaysia and the company has partnered with hotel chains and large retailers to launch its product in stores.
The product is expected to be available in 1,000 locations worldwide this fall.
Manicure lovers hoping to get their hands on a 10Beauty robot without having to go to the store can join the online waitlist by 2025.
Until then, people can continue to use the Clockwork machine at various U.S. stores and airports.
TikTok users have written good and bad reviews about the Clockwork machines at various Target locations and airports.
Not all TikTok users trust Clockwork machines due to their own or their friends’ experiences with the machine.
“My coworker had it done at an airport and said it didn’t look good lol,” one user wrote.