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On the Road: Da-Lonnie's & Kaya Beauty, Las Vegas

Two services each in two different salons for these two NAILS editors.

Kaya Beauty

After we finished it was off to Kaya Beauty, a full-service salon in nearby Henderson, Nev., for manicures. We were given a quick tour of the facilities by nail tech Lynn Weber. The salon has private rooms with dim lights and soothing music for spa services like massages and body scrubs, and some pedicure thrones are in a private room as well.

Sree: We discovered Kaya after Weber responded to the MySpace bulletin I’d posted online through the magazine’s MySpace page (www. myspace.com/nailsmagazine). I like how Weber is so tech savvy when it comes to getting the word out about the salon. After she finishes a service, she usually takes an after-picture of her client’s nails, then she’ll post this picture on her client’s MySpace page, along with a public note of thanks for visiting Kaya Beauty. Of course, all the client’s friends will notice the note — and the fabulous nails — and will contact Weber about booking appointments with her. Very smart!

The rooibos at Kaya Beauty is sprinkled into African Shea butter to help exfoliate and cleanse the skin during the themed manicure’s massage.
<p>The rooibos at Kaya Beauty is sprinkled into African Shea butter to help exfoliate and cleanse the skin during the themed manicure’s massage.</p>

Tim: We received another themed service at this salon — African Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) Manicures. The services began with a quick lesson on the origins of the red tea. It comes from the rooibos plant, which is native to South Africa and in Afrikaans literally translates to “red bush.” One of the salon’s co-owners, Mark Cottle (the others are Natasha and Charity Formby), is originally from South Africa, so it was a great tie-in to do this signature service (plus, the rooibos worked as a great exfoliant when it was added to the service’s lotions and butters.)

Sree: I was thrilled to be getting another specialty service, and more thrilled when I found out the salon changes the manicure theme every month. The African Rooibos Manicure turned into Mojito Madness Manicures the next month (I guess that’s a popular choice in Vegas!), and I’m curious as to what it’ll be the month after that. That’s another great hook to keep clients coming back regularly.

Nail tech Shelby Passey works her magic on Tim.
<p>Nail tech Shelby Passey works her magic on Tim.</p>

Tim: After our services, we talked more to Cottle about his South African background and how the salon reflects that. The name Kaya is a Zulu word meaning “home.” “I grew up around the Zulus and a have been influenced a lot by their culture,” he says. “And I grew up drinking red tea. It is high in antioxidants, higher even than green tea, and now it’s readily available in the States. A couple years back it was hard to get, but now you can find it everywhere so it’s easy to incorporate into our services now.”

From left to right: Sree, Shelby Passey, Lynn Weber, and Tim pose in front of Kaya Beauty’s retail area.
<p>From left to right: Sree, Shelby Passey, Lynn Weber, and Tim pose in front of Kaya Beauty’s retail area.</p>

My tech Shelby Passey talked about the upcoming IBS show, and though she wasn’t attending this year, she had been in the past and always had a good time. “It’s great when you can get your co-workers [techs and hairstylists] to make a trip out of it,” she says. “It’s fun. We’ll try out the different products, compare what we all bought, and then have a great time hanging out after the show.”

Sree: Passey was right about the show being a good time. We left Kaya in great spirits and enjoyed IBS Las Vegas for the next few days— as we showed off our newly done hands and feet.  

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