The next time you pick up toilet paper and a few groceries, you may be able to fit in a quick manicure—courtesy of a Target manicure robot. Yes, you read that correctly. Everyone’s favorite big box department store has tapped Clockwork, a robot automation company that aims to relieve users of everyday tasks, to provide customers with in-store manicures.
Appropriately named the “minicure,” the robot manicure service uses a combination of 3D and A.I. technology to paint your nails in under 10 minutes. At the moment the manicure is available at only six Target locations in the country, including two in California, three in Texas, and one in Minnesota. You can book your appointment online via Clockwork’s website. It will cost you only $8 for your first treatment (bumped up to $10 for each treatment after). All you have to do is show up with clean nails.
If the minicure sounds too good to be true, check out the videos that are sweeping TikTok. Users are documenting their robot manicures under the hashtag #robotmanicure, showing exactly how the process works. You won’t be able to get the full manicure treatment available at spas and nail salons, such as filing, cuticle removal, and gel options, but for a quick and even one-color polish job, it’s a viable and affordable option.
CNN Business reporter Rachel Metz tried the service in Texas and noted that the machine does require a human to oversee the process, just to make sure no clogging or painting errors occur. The Target minicure robot is still in its testing phase, so don’t expect one to find one at your local store just yet. A spokesperson told Allure that the manicure is currently “a small test-and-learn initiative at several Target stores.”
Clockwork CEO and founder Renuka Apte told CNN Business that the machine was created to solve her own problem. “I feel like most people who want to do beauty on a regular basis don’t always have time for it,” she said.