The salon: Varnish in Los Angeles
The owner: Sisters Kim McIntyre and Jennifer Doonan
What it is: An alternative to the traditional French Manicure, the Gold Digger puts precious metal at clients’ fingertips - literally. Using champagne, gold-infused products, and 24k gold leaf, techs at Varnish give clients golden fingers. A coating of gel protects the 24k gold-tipped French manicure and keeps it kicking for up to three weeks.
- Remove polish and shape the nails
- Pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and pour some into a beautiful glass bowl beads in the bowl add a pleasing sensation for the client and add to the presentation of the service. Allow hands to soak in the champagne for a few minutes.
- Perform the basic manicures steps. Clean the nail plate, remove excess cuticle, push back the eponychium.
- Exfoliate the hands with sugar scrub and apply cuticle oil.
- Perform the natural nail and apply a base coat.
- Apply gold leafing just to the tips of each nail.
- If desired, polish the nail plate.
- Apply a thin coat of gel to the entire nail, capping the free edge Cure and remove the tacky layer.
- Apply cuticle oil.
Alternative Names: The Gold Finger, Precious Metal Manicure, First Class French
Products: Varnish uses a mix of:
- Proprietary products (Varnish cuticle oil, base coat and polish)
- Lemonade Sugar Scrub from get Fresh
- Imported gold-infused cream from Pro Skin
- IBD gel
Each product beyond lifting into the luxurious theme, serves as purpose in the manicure. The champagne is “high in alpha hydroxy acids.” says McIntyre, and the gold-infused creamy texture is great for the massage portion of the manicure.