I've never gotten a paraffin manicure at the salon, so I'm not sure of the cost. However, I bet in the long run it would cost more than owning your own personal paraffin bath! Here is one my bestie let me borrow. It's by Revlon. The cost is around $45. This thing is AMAZING! You dip your hands in the heated wax, then place them in the provided plastic bags for a few minutes and then peel off. My hands were sooooo shiny and soft afterwards and the fragrance was very nice. I gotta get one!!!!