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On The Road: DC-MD-VA

When visiting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, we couldn’t just stop at just one salon since we don’t get over that way too often. Follow along as we discover unique salons in D.C., central Maryland, and northern Virginia.

When visiting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, we couldn’t just stop at just one salon since we don’t get over that way too often. Follow along as we discover unique salons in D.C., central Maryland, and northern Virginia.

A retired government employee and self-proclaimed spa junkie, Patsy Tavenner (left) debated between opening a deli or opening a salon. After finding there were too many delis in D.C., she looked for a niche in the nail salon industry.
<p>A retired government employee and self-proclaimed spa junkie, Patsy Tavenner (left) debated between opening a deli or opening a salon. After finding there were too many delis in D.C., she looked for a niche in the nail salon industry.</p>

Patsy’s Nail Bar, Washington D.C.
www.patsysnailbar.com

 

Tried and True
Nail techs start the pedicure spa disinfecting process while the client is still in the chair. The tech puts the client’s feet up on the spa footrest for the polish application while the tech empties the basin and lets it refill with clean water. She adds disinfectant and lets it swirl for 10 minutes. Before the client’s polish is even dry, the disinfectant has done its job. This time-saver works because every member of the staff does it the same way every time. Clients appreciate watching the spa being cleaned.

 

A Little DIY
The salon charges $20 and up for acrylic nail removal, but Patsy is happy to give out DIY removal instructions and free products (an orangewood stick, a file, and a buffer block) to walk-ins who ask about the service. (She got the DIY Acrylic Removal Guide from www.nailsmag.com/handouts — under “for clients”.) A tech will even put petroleum jelly around the person’s fingernails to protect her skin from acetone’s drying effects. (The salon instructs the person to buy her own acetone.) Why? Patsy doesn’t want the person to waste up to an hour in the salon for this service, plus she says many of those walk-in inquiries become true Patsy’s Nail Bar clients.

 

Recruiting Strategies
My tech Sara Jamsran is part of a staff of three full-time and two part-time nail techs at Patsy’s, but, as we frequently hear from salon owners, finding enough well-qualified techs is a challenge. Owner Patsy signed up to host a CND Shellac class at her salon, in hopes that it will attract talented nail techs from the area, who she then may be able to recruit for the salon. (If you’re interested in applying at Patsy’s, call (202) 466-2457.)

Fun Facts:
> Patsy’s Nail Bar hosted an Oprah’s Last Show Party, letting clients watch the show’s final episode while getting nail services. This party became a media sensation for Patsy’s, garnering the salon mentions on a local ABC affiliate, NPR, and a slew of other local stations like Nos Dutch TV.

> The first dollar the salon ever earned is framed and kept behind the cash register at Patsy’s Nail Bar.

 

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