U.K.-based salon Polish Nail & Beauty is turning heads with free-hand nail art, a steady flow of industry awards, and brand involvement.
In-house training is offered on a weekly basis with a strong focus on nail art skills and troubleshooting. The staff keeps up to date with new techniques and products mainly through trade publications and social media. Grant encourages them to continue entering in nail art competitions around the U.K.
“I’ve always been very nail-focused and have won a lot of awards and competitions for nails,” says Grant, who still sees her long-term clients at the salon. “At the moment I’m doing a lot of session work though, so I’m trying to cut down to only two clients per day.”
Polish Nail & Beauty’s waiting area features an elegant chandelier and fish tank. According to the salon’s website, Polish Nail & Beauty is New York-inspired.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Over the past three years, Polish Nail & Beauty has gone through many facelifts. “I’m addicted to revamping this salon to keep it looking its best,” says Grant.
The space grew from four to eight nail stations and Grant is having a chandelier custom-made to run the full length of the salon’s nail bar. New customer chairs for the bar and soak-off stations are in the works, and within the next few months, the salon will be integrating custom-built spa pedicure chairs. Additionally, Grant is looking into revamping the salon’s entrance hallway.
“One of the most challenging things for me has been budget control as I adore new products, training, and love a good salon revamp,” says Grant. “However I had to reduce my extra spending once we were hit with a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) levied by the government.”
With strong hopes for the future, Polish Nail & Beauty currently has an offer for a second shop, is a finalist at the U.K. Scratch Nail Awards, and is working with a few brands to develop product awareness throughout Scotland.
Even the multi-use treatment rooms are full of hot pink towels to maintain the salon’s all-around vibrancy.
Salon name: Polish Nail & Beauty
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Owners: Samantha Grant and John Jones
Square Footage: 1,075 sq. ft.
Opened: October 9, 2010
Number of Nail Techs/Total Staff: 4/11
Specialties: Free-hand nail art