Long Beach, Calif.-based salon owner Elizabeth Ashton uses ayurvedic wellness techniques from India to provide clients with relaxing services based on age-old tradition.
A frosted window conceals the waiting area from the main street, where many local citizens ride by on a newly painted bike lane just outside the salon.
Building the Perfect Team
Though manicurists are on call at any moment, they receive compensation usually through commission. Whether experienced or not, all new manicurists undergo a two-week trial run before moving onto a six-week training course with Ashton if they seem like a good fit.
“Even if they’ve had 10 or 20 years of experience, it doesn’t matter,” Ashton says. “They have to know what my clients are looking for.”
In the near future, Ashton plans to visit India to obtain her certification as an ayurvedic practitioner. “I’m in the process of furthering my education and finding out what we can do to really make people feel healthy,” she says.
Salon Name: Elizabeth Ashton Ayurvedic Nail Spa
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Owner: Elizabeth Ashton
Square Footage: 600
Years of ownership: 2
Number of Nail Techs/Total Staff: 1/1, plus 3 on-call manicurists, 1 independent masseuse
Specialties: Ayurvedic manicures and pedicures
Click here for a step-by-step of the salon’s signature Indian Therapy Pedicure.