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iCandy is an appointment-only, full service salon that prides itself on being fun, trendy and modern—plus, the name is easy to remember because everyone knows what “eye candy” nails mean! We are located near California State University, Fresno. People know iCandy for the quality of our work and designs. Our nail artists have a proven track record for establishing repeat clients and excellent references. We set ourselves apart from other nail salons by making the atmosphere upbeat and fun for employees and clients alike.
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Here’s What You Need
to Know About Hard Gels
As longer nails continue to trend, even the most conservative clients can’t help but be curious about enhancements. Unfortunately, many newbie nail customers tend to lump them all into one daunting category, which may be accompanied by a fear of fumes, nail damage and other potentially misplaced apprehensions. However, like other professional products, when used properly, hard gel boasts plenty of compelling qualities that clients (and techs!) should be talking about. Here, experts reacquaint you with the basics and benefits of hard gel, and share important tips for application and removal. After a proper introduction, your clients will be saying “hello” to hard gel as well!
Meet Hard Gel
Technically speaking, hard gel (also called traditional or standard gel) is similar to acrylic in its chemical makeup. It’s made of monomers and/or oligomers (chains of monomers) plus other ingredients that help the gel remain workable, adhere to the nail, harden properly and resist yellowing. Hard gel is applied to the nail straight from the pot (no mix ratio required) and each layer is cured under a UV or LED light. The curing process, called polymerization, creates a strong, compact polymer that solvents can’t penetrate—which means hard gel can only be removed by filing. After curing, a tacky film of uncured gel, called the inhibition layer, is left and must be removed with nail cleanser.
Acrylic, on the other hand, is composed of a liquid monomer and powder polymer. When combined, a catalyst in the monomer reacts with an initiator in the polymer causing the mixture to harden. An acrylic nail is more porous (less compact) than hard gel, allowing solvents to penetrate the surface and break down the product for removal. These are important differences for you to know so you can properly educate your clients.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Signs you should leave
a nail salon immediately
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —
A nail salon can be a breeding ground for bacteria and hazardous to your health.
Inspectors like Robyn Finney with the Department of Licensing and Regulation want to make sure you don’t walk out with anything more than pretty nails — like fungus.
Before you sink into the comfort of that massage chair, here’s what you should be looking for, and when you should turn around and walk out.
First, don’t shave the day you’re going to put your feet in the pedicure tub. Tiny cuts can leave you vulnerable to infection.
Upon arriving to the salon, you should look at the salon license. It’s usually on the wall along with the last inspection record and a complaint sign. If it’s not posted, you can ask for it and if they don’t provide it, you should leave.
Pamper Nail Gallery:
“Like Disneyland for Nails”
The Tech Hub’s Nail Techs
In its original incarnation, Pamper Nail Gallery was meant to be a tech-oriented company providing on-demand nail services for corporate events in Silicon Valley, for which owner and software engineer Vivian Xue developed the application. She pitched the idea to countless executives while looking for funding, but in the male-dominated tech world, she was stunned to find many of them wondering if there was even a market for nail art among women.
Customization Is King, Says Industry Analyst
Consumers are looking for customized beauty offerings that provide unique benefits tailored to the individual, according to a recent report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.
“The ability to customize or personalize beauty and grooming products is a significant draw to today’s consumers. How well a product is tailored to one’s needs and personality is the second most influential factor when making choices in this sector, the first being how the product impacts health and well-being,” says Jamie Mills, consumer analyst for GlobalData.
So what does that mean for the nail salon owner? Here are a few ways to blend health and customization into your services:
Let customers select their own essential oils to mix into lotions and scrubs
Create custom-blended polish shades
Offer a skin tone analysis to find the most flattering polish shades
Stock a client’s favorite herbal tea to sip during her pedicure
Offer reflexology or another relaxing add-on, such as scalp massage.
16 CREEPY-COOL HALLOWEEN NAIL ART IDEAS
The creepiest, chicest, and coolest nail art ideas for Halloween.
The nail files
A visual history of fingernail fashion
by Noelle Sciacca
Manicures are personal.
Unlike hair or makeup, people see their fingernails all day, without the need for a mirror. Their appearance matters to a lot of people; it’s a way to express individual style. A good manicure can cheer you up all day long, while you’re texting or be clinking glasses with friends.
People throughout history have paid special attention to their fingernail real estate. It’s been said that nail trends date back to 5000 B.C. when women in India decorated their fingertips with henna. Later, in 4000 B.C. Babylonian men were known to manicure and color their nails with black or green kohl. The Chinese are credited with creating nail stains from egg whites, vegetable dyes and beeswax as early as 3000 B.C.
While polish colors, designs, and products have altered drastically throughout the ages, popular nail shapes are cyclical.
Beauty trendsetters Rihanna and Kylie Jenner might have led the recent charge toward long, pointed talons but they were not the first women to do so.
Take a look back in time to discover where nail trends really began.
Over the years various screen sirens, singers, and cultural icons have popularized nail styles rotating between a few shapes. Each style had its moment in the spotlight.
“Each era witnessed numerous styles and individual preferences,” Suzanne E. Shapiro author of the book, Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure, told Mashable. “There was a general movement from rounded, short nails towards elongated ovals in the mid 20th century, and then towards squared-off shapes from the ‘70s on. Starting in the mid-’90s, the short squoval nail became the new, chic statement, still fashionable today among a multiplicity of distinctive styles, like stiletto and coffin nails.”
The late 1800s & EARLY 1900S
The word “manicure” was a title given to a professional who buffed nail beds and cleaned cuticles, according to Shapiro in Nails. After studying nail care in France and marrying podiatrist J. Parker Pray, American Mary E. Cobb created her own nail upkeep system and opened the country’s first manicure salon in Manhattan in 1878.
Fingernail maintenance was originally thought of as a medical and hygienic industry. Short, round nails were easily kept clean and symbolized a wealthy life of leisure.
Short, round nails were easily kept clean and symbolized a wealthy life of leisure.
During the Roaring Twenties, flappers shed their conservative dresses for liberating, skin-bearing looks. Drinking and smoking were glamorized as cigarette campaigns advertised beautiful women with well-manicured round nails.
LATE 1920S & 1930S
After the stock market crash in 1929, the appreciation for manicures seemed to grow. Shapiro believes women held onto the practice as an inexpensive way to maintain a sense of luxury.
Launching in 1932 with only a single product (long lasting formula nail enamel), Revlon helped push nail polish into the mass market. Delicate pinks and bold red hues allowed wearers to have fun with color.
“The minute there was nail polish, there was nail art,” celebrity nail artist Miss Pop told Mashable. “Revlon red came out, and the half moon was happening.”
Stars like actress Joan Crawford showed off a sharp, pointed style that was painted red just in the center of the nail.
Both the tip and natural crescent at the cuticle — known as the lunula, or “little moon,” in Latin — were left bare except for a clear gloss overlay. This style became wildly popular and known as the half-moon manicure.
THE BEST RED HOLIDAY NAIL POLISHES
The statement shade to get you noticed.
By Jessica Prince Erlich
Dec 15, 2016
Chic, sexy, and sophisticated: the allure of the red manicure is timeless. “Before there were millions of choices in nail color, red was the only option to express racy femininity,” explains Michelle Saunders, an Essie celebrity manicurist, “and it remains a bold, powerful look.” As for right now? Choose something “romantic and classic,” says Jin Soon Choi, a celebrity manicurist and the creator of her namesake polish line. “It hints to the festivities of the season, but doesn’t scream holidays!” Plus, she adds, “it’s the easiest way to make you feel confidant and polished.” To find the most flattering option, look to your skin tone. “Everyone can find multiple shades that suit them,” assures Choi. Here, our polish picks.
ON FAIR SKIN
Crimson, cardinal, and cherry-colored lacquers with blue undertones brighten cool, fair complexions.
2016 Nail Trend Forecast
2016 Nail Trend Forecast
2015 saw a rise in geode nails, the resurgence of the aquarium technique, and wine-hued Marsala was dubbed the Color of the Year. So where does the industry go from here? We spoke with experts, did some research, and dreamed up a few designs of our own to give you a jump on the next big thing in nails.
As a nail tech, you are the liaison between the future and your client. You want to offer cutting-edge nail art and products to put your services on the map. “I look at two-year trend forecasting coming from Paris and Milan,” explains OPI co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “I also turn toward industries beyond beauty; for example, trends in food and music are dictating the landscape for trends in fashion and decor. OPI also stays ahead of the trends by looking at where the industry is headed, such as bio-sourcing for the eco-friendly consumer.”
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October Cover: Blurred Lines
by Marianne DoughertyCollections
October 3, 2016
Lucie Doughty, Global Editorial Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems and NAHA 2016 Editorial Stylist of the Year, celebrates cool-girl street style.
Teetering on the edge of ultramodern and eclipsing yesterday’s mod moment to encapsulate of-the-moment hair color and style trends, Lucie Doughty explores treasures of our past to give shape to today’s cool-girl street style. Colors are rich and bold in a range of high-pigmented indigo to bright green. Painted onto the hair for precise application, hair color is vibrant and reflective for a super-shiny glossy finish.
Photography: Corina Marie
VietSALON Nail Artistry Competition Sponsored by CND Brings Nail Industry Together Holly SchippersJune 9, 2016
How many of you feel like there are salons that drag the industry down? Do you think they do it intentionally? How about race? Do you assume that a poor quality salon is the same thing as a discount salon and that they are exclusive to a particular race? You’re not alone.
A lot of people feel that way and there is a massive divide between nail professionals because of it. If you are passionate about the industry and want to be taken seriously, eliminate the news exposes, and reduce negative press then something has to happen. That something is all of us working together as a whole to bridge the gap with compassion, education, and the drive to see change. My dream is to see that in this lifetime, however, if I cannot see it happen, it would be amazing to at least be part of the impetuous.
Success of New York’s Nail Salon Task Force May Set Trend of Targeting Specific Industries
By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN
New York State’s announcement that 143 nail salons, most in New York City, have been ordered to pay $2 million in unpaid wages and damages to their employees earlier this week has arguably created a new precedent for how labor laws will be enforced in the state, one that can be used to target the restaurant, car wash and landscaping industries, where similar patterns of worker abuse can be found, according to the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The announcement was the result of close to a year’s worth of work by what Cuomo’s office referred to as a “multi-agency Enforcement Task Force” focused on preventing unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in nail salons.
“Industries like nail salons that overwhelmingly employ immigrant workers are particularly susceptible to abuse,” Kara Miller, an attorney at Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, said in Cuomo’s office’s press release. “Brave workers who risk their livelihood to speak out against these practices often win in the eyes of the law, only to find recovery impossible because the nail salon has closed shop.”
The task force was put together following the publication of an investigative report on underpaid nail salon employees, many of them undocumented immigrants, in The New York Times last May.
Ventilation to Be Required in All New York Nail Salons
By SARAH MASLIN NIRJULY 21, 2016
All nail salons in New York State will be required to have ventilation systems to protect manicurists and others from the potentially dangerous health effects of chemicals used in nail products, the governor announced this week.
The new rule is among the most sweeping changes in the state’s initiative, more than a year long, to make the industry safer and more equitable for workers, many of whom say they suffer ill health effects as a result of their jobs.
Any nail salon that opens on Oct. 3 or later will have to have a ventilation system. Existing salons will have five years to comply.
The expense of installing new ventilation will be borne entirely by salon owners, Alphonso David, the counsel to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said in an interview. Some salon owners have challenged previous new salon regulations as financially burdensome for small businesses.
“Immigrants take some of the most dangerous jobs and are exposed to conditions that can literally kill them, if not destroy their health,’’ Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement. “We focused on the nail salon workers who, as a class, have been grossly exploited and exposed to dangerous chemicals without any protection. These new ventilation requirements will make nail salons in New York the safest in the nation.”
With each dab of polish, slick of topcoat and swipe of acetone-soaked cotton balls, the manicure process entails a slurry of chemicals that make painted nails shiny, durable and removable. But many of those chemicals are known irritants to airways, eyes, and skin, and some are tied to more serious ailments such as miscarriage, harm to a fetus and even cancer.
The One Thing Pedicurists Want You To Know
From The Huffington Post by Hannah Morrill
When you sink into the pedicure chair, the goal is to sit back and relax. But one thing could be standing in the way of a total moment of zen: Those nagging self-conscious fears that your feet are too unsightly, your nails too long. Those thoughts couldn’t be further from your nail technician’s mind. Here’s what they’re really thinking about your feet, though…
Don’t: Bring Heels
“Nail polish takes hours to really harden, so trying to stuff your toes into a pointed heel or tight boot and then scoot out the door is not going to work. To get home smudge-free, your best bet is to bring flip flops in the summer or Ugg boots in the winter.” — Donna Perillo, founder, Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique, New York City
Don’t: Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
“Sometimes, it’s harder to clean up a messy DIY effort — especially gel removal! — than to just do the whole thing ourselves. And if you trim your own nails too short or strangely shaped, many times we can’t actually fix it.” — Alexandra Calle, pedicurist, Eve Salon, New York City
Don’t: Shave Calluses
“Even though cutting calluses with a razor blade has been prohibited by the Department of State (New York) Division of Licensing for quite some time, customers still request that we use a blade. One might think it is the ideal way to reduce callouses, but it can cause bleeding, and the areas where the razor is used tends to crack and dry out your sole more than a gentle foot file.” — Jin Soon Choi, founder, Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa, New York City.
Of Nails and Moms: Should I Take My Daughter to Get Her Nails Done?
by Miliann Kang
Should I take my daughter to get her nails done? Are manicures an opportunity for mother-daughter bonding, feminine socialization, labor exploitation or all of the above?
When my daughter, Sangha, was 9-years-old, I took her to get her first manicure at a nail salon in New York City. A young manicurist, who told us her name was Molly, attended to us. Molly was the daughter of the salon owner, and most likely was working without a license. She looked like she was just a few years older than my daughter.
I sat watching these two young Asian-American women, their soft hands intertwined, thinking about the different trajectories that had led them to either side of the manicuring table. We Americans so like to believe in meritocracy — that people end up where they are because of their own hard work, intelligence and moral conduct. But seeing these two girls across from each other, it was hard to make this case.
Molly was just as sharp, plucky and beautiful as my daughter. She shared with us that she wanted to become an architect. But because her mother was an immigrant small business owner who relies on unpaid family labor to keep her salon afloat, Molly’s chances of going to college were far more constrained, model minority stereotypes notwithstanding.
I was glad that Sangha and Molly hit it off, that they both seemed to enjoy the giving and receiving of the manicure, and that my daughter tipped well using her own money. But then we left the salon, and Molly stayed.
No one wants to feel that their lifestyle imposes harm on others. Everyone wants to enjoy a little pampering now and then, and a mani-pedi can be the perfect salve at the end of a hard week, especially for a beleaguered working mother. So what’s a woman to do? And what’s a mom to do on a Saturday afternoon when she wants to do something special for herself and her child?
Many women have grappled with these questions since the New York Times series “Unvarnished“ broke several weeks ago, reporting widespread labor rights violations, toxic chemicals, and adverse health outcomes in New York City nail salons. The articles clearly hit a nerve, as the comments poured in. Here is a sampling:
“I’m done. Never again can I sit across from the mousy, submissive worker who exudes graciousness for my visit to the salon — this is so sickening.”
“So sad these women have to suffer just because lazy, privileged, women won’t do their own nails. I mean how hard is it to cut your own freaking toenails.”
Nailing Exploitation by Nancy K. Kaufman
The New York Times exposé of nail salons and their exploitation of immigrant women workers in New York City cannot come as a complete shock. Aspects of it exceed the worst suspicions – not being paid at all for three months’ work? Paying a fee (a bribe?) to an employer to be allowed to work? But anyone who walked into one of these salons and saw the workforce and smelled the chemicals should have intuited the makings of a scandal.
Why? Because the scenario of exploited immigrant workers, particularly women, working in hazardous conditions, as well as of unenforced health and safety standards and wage and hour laws has a long and shameful history in the US. One of the first efforts launched by NCJW and other reformist women’s organizations was assistance to women immigrants and their families. We met the ships at the docks to ensure that arriving women were not snared by traffickers. We organized relief programs, taught women to read and write English, and advocated for legal reforms banning child labor, ensuring a minimum wage, and requiring workers compensation for injuries on the job.
But the New York nail salons highlight how these issues arise yet again in today’s context. Women who come to the US without job or language skills, without a sense of their rights as workers and indeed, as human beings here, and whose only encounter with the labor market is illegal exploitation, are perhaps the most disempowered people residing within our borders. For that reason, our government at every level and our civil society write large must take extra special care to ensure such workers are protected from the abuses so easily inflicted on them.
How California’s Ethical Nail Salons Can Teach New York To Clean Up Its Act
by Eleanor Goldberg Editor, Huffington Post
When Anthony Pham read The New York Times’ expose about the exploitation of manicurists in New York, the California nail salon owner was at once horrified and comforted by how clear-cut the fix could be.
“To me, it’s so obvious,” Pham, owner of Spa Elysee in Burlingame, where workers start out earning $11 an hour, told The Huffington Post. “I can say with absolute conviction that the state of New York needs to tighten up and make their licensing process much more strict than it is.”
After a 13-month investigation, which involved interviewing nail salon workers and owners across ethnicities and languages, The Times unveiled a laundry list of offenses, which included wage theft, physical abuse and the health consequences of being exposed to toxic products. While the expose shocked readers into boycotting nail salons, and moved Mayor Bill de Blasio into declaring a Nail Salon Day of Action on Thursday, advocates who have been addressing injustices like these for more than a decade have warned against taking drastic, and potentially harmful, steps.
They say it will require coaxing workers out of the shadows, demanding more oversight among politicians and developing a trusting collaborative of nail salons, similar to a successful program in California.
Better Manicures In 7 Steps by Miriam Yeung
The New York Times investigative series by Sarah Maslin Nir on the exploitation of nail salon workers brings long-awaited attention to a critical issue affecting many Asian-American women.
Over 40 percent of nail salon workers nationwide are Asian-American. The average nail technician is 38 years old, has worked in the industry for nine years and typically works more than 40 hours per week. A majority of nail technicians are of reproductive age and lack basic health care coverage.
Nail salon workers are underpaid, often exploited and face daily exposure to toxic chemicals. While it’s tempting to blame these problems solely on bad employers, it’s important to remember that these are systemic and structural issues. The work and safety of low-income women workers have long been ignored. From the local restaurant to our corner nail salon to the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the hidden price of low-cost items is often paid by poor, Asian women workers.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) chronicled the many gaps in federal policy in its 2011 report, “Removing the Topcoat.” You may be surprised to learn that the entire cosmetics industry is unregulated. That means aisle upon aisle of products at your local pharmacy or supermarket — as well as those used in nail salons — are not subject to government safety standards or inspections.
New research, soon to be released by NAPAWF, corroborates much of what Nir reports about the exploitation of nail salon workers. We also find that nail salon workers are often misclassified as “independent contractors,” meaning they are supposed to work for themselves and “rent” a space at a salon. Independent contractors are self-employed, so standard OSHA protections for workers don’t apply. Minimum wage and overtime laws also don’t apply.
The plight of nail salon workers sits at the intersection of the environmental, economic and reproductive justice and immigrant rights movements. Young workers choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy. Undocumented workers are paid substandard wages and even experience wage theft without seeking help for fear of deportation. The many toxic chemicals used in salons can have a negative impact on the environment.
Ultimately what we need is less greed and more immigration policy reform, good jobs for all and reproductive justice for Asian American women.
Like most things that affect the lives of low-income women of color, there is not one “magic bullet” policy solution. However, we can and must take action. Here’s how you can help now:
1. Get the facts. Learn more about this issue by reading, “Removing the Topcoat: Understanding Federal Oversight of Nail Salons“ and follow the work of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance.
2. Be a responsible consumer. The next time you’re in a salon, get to know the worker and share that you care. Getting to know your nail salon worker is a great first step. If you encounter a language barrier, try to work through it. Tell your nail salon technician that you care about their health and safety and that you wouldn’t mind if they wear gloves and a mask while they work with you. You can also share a Chinese, Korean or Spanish language version of the New York Times articles with your technician so they know that their issues are in the news.
5 Dangers Awaiting You At The Nail Salon
by Dana Oliver Executive Fashion
and Beauty Editor, The Huffington Post
I look forward to my Saturday afternoons in the pedicure chair. However, an unforeseeable prick with cuticle clippers or bruising from a foot file can turn my relaxing moment into a beauty nightmare. And there’s only so much antibiotic ointment and designer Band-Aids a girl can cover up with.
Ready to put an end to these pedi problems, we asked New York City-based podiatrist Dr. Dennis Shavelson to dish on the common dangers lurking in the nail salon. And keep scrolling down to see our slideshow of celebrities who would never be caught without unpolished nails.
1. Tools that are open to air or used repeatedly after a prior treatment.
There are two documented cases of “death by pedicure” where young women contracted fatal flesh-eating staph infections and thousands of documented cases of bacterial and fungal infections. Contaminated instruments are the number one cause of salon infections. Molds, bacteria and viruses are more likely to come into contact with clients when instruments are shared, and that can lead to disasters. Communal instruments are also dangerous to the manicurist should they have any open cuts or abrasions. The cure: Bring in your own surgical stainless steel instruments.
2. Liquid sterilization which provides only low-level germ and virus protection.
Steam-sterilized or properly ultraviolet irradiated germiciding kills germs and offers the best protection. Don’t be afraid to ask to check the bottle of the liquid being used for disinfecting words like “germicide,” “disinfectant” or “concentrated.” Instruments should sit in a bath for a full 10 to 15 minutes in order to be disinfected. Spa chairs should also be disinfected in between clients. It’s always best to go to salons when they are slow.
3. Foot baths, just like whirlpools, are difficult to sterilize quickly.
These are a breeding ground for mycobacterium (which can produce boils), warts, MRSA (hard to cure infections), athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, HPV and swine flu virus. All of those issues thrive in a warm, wet environment. Request a pipeless drainage system tub as bacteria breeds in pipes. Then make sure all water is drained, the walls are scrubbed and that the nail technician runs a cycle of disinfectant for 10 minutes between clients.
4. Untidy surroundings with too much clutter attract fungus and bacteria.
Dirt, clutter, poor evacuation piping and air filtration all breeds germs. And employees that don’t wash their hands between clients or salons that don’t ask clients to wash their hands are also at risk. Those piles of scrub brushes, instruments, trays and linens left open and in view, call for a change.
How Tippi Hedren made Vietnamese refugees into nail salon magnates
By Regan Morris
When actress Tippi Hedren visited a Vietnamese refugee camp in California 40 years ago, the Hollywood star’s long, polished fingernails dazzled the women there.
Hedren flew in her personal manicurist to teach a group of 20 refugees the art of manicures. Those 20 women – mainly the wives of high-ranking military officers and at least one woman who worked in military intelligence – went on to transform the industry, which is now worth about $8bn (£5.2bn) and is dominated by Vietnamese Americans.
“We were trying to find vocations for them,” says Hedren, who is perhaps best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and for running a wildcat sanctuary at her home in Southern California.
“I brought in seamstresses and typists – anyway for them to learn something. And they loved my fingernails.”
Hope Village, the refugee camp, was in Northern California near Sacramento. Aside from flying in her personal manicurist, Hedren recruited a local beauty school to help teach the women. When they graduated, Hedren helped get them jobs all over Southern California.
“I loved these women so much that I wanted something good to happen for them after losing literally everything,” Hedren told the BBC from a museum she is building next to her home. The museum includes Hollywood memorabilia, a few photos of the women at Camp Hope and awards she’s won from the nail care industry.
Why Vietnamese Americans rule the nail salon scene – Matador Network
by Steph Glaser
THE OPENING OF VN Nails in Salida, Colorado (population 5,500), confirmed for me the Vietnamese American reign over nail salons in the United States — even in remote Rocky Mountain towns with good ole boy ranchers and aggro outdoor enthusiasts.
According to the 2012-2013 Industry Statistics published by Nails Magazine, 48% of nail professionals in the $7.47 billion American nail industry are Vietnamese Americans. The number skyrockets to 80% in California. Having lived in Southern California, and also wanting to visit Vietnam, I’ve been fascinated with this phenomenon for years.
Back in Salida
I arrive for a pedicure at the new VN Nails, located next to a Subway and a storage unit rental place. Nearby, Methodist Mountain’s changing aspens decorate the landscape like drops of O.P.I.’s Glitzerland Yellow Gold Shimmer Nail Lacquer. Inside VN Nails, you find the standard salon accouterments, including vibrating massage recliners, stacks of People, heated nail dryers, and shelves of O.P.I. nail polish.
The elevator version of “Hey Jude” plays on the sound system, and a gleaming gold Buddha near the register catches my attention. Chinese script decorates the statue’s base, and a somewhat creepy plastic hand, displaying various nail colors, reaches up toward the paunchy deity.
“Hello,” VN Nails owner Giao Huynh, who goes by Gina, greets me from her manicure station. Pulling down a white surgical facemask, she smiles, and says, “Pick out a collar.” The salon is busy. Another customer enters and greets Giao and her husband.
“Hi, Gina. Hi, Tony.”
“Hello, Barbara.” Giao’s eyes crinkle as she smiles from behind her repositioned mask.
Meanwhile, I look around for a plastic “collar” gownish type item. Giao moves over to a recliner; she fills the foot base with hot water and blue sea salt. Barbara selects nail polish from the O.P.I. wall, and then, I realize Giao actually had said, “Pick out a color.”
Nail Salon Trends By Lexy Lebsack
In the grand scheme of new beauty-product releases, nail polish is, undoubtedly, the most overwhelming. The top brands flood the market with several launches every season. This deluge makes it hard to keep track of all the newbies — even for beauty editors! This is why we called on some extra help to guide us in our pursuit of the top colors for the year.
So what’s the latest in color trends? Celebrity and editorial nail artist Steph Stone gave us the lowdown. Her portfolio features a who’s who of Hollywood: Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Rooney Mara, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — you get it. To boot, she’s done tons of campaigns, editorials, and magazine covers.
Ahead, Stone walks us through the seven biggest nail-color trends to rock right now. Plus, check out her tips on the nail lengths and shapes that best complement each hue, and her favorite polish picks.
More to come soon!
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