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Highlights From The Salon Fanatic Tour
  • Beth Livesay
  • September 20, 2017

In 8 days, executive editor Beth Livesay saw 18 nail salons across six states. That’s a total of 2,730 miles!

Chill Body in Omaha, Neb. was a cool find
<p>Chill Body in Omaha, Neb. was a cool find</p>
1. Four salon stops were unplanned visits (thanks for letting me barge in!). These salons were recommended to Beth by other techs in the area.

Buddy Sims (far left) is from season 1 of NTNA
<p>Buddy Sims (far left) is from season 1 of NTNA</p>
2. Four nail techs on the tour were NTNA alums (two are currently in the Top 24 for Season 5).

Celine Cumming's home set-up
<p>Celine Cumming's home set-up</p>

3. Three salons were in-home studios.

Teena Olsen's studio is in this house. There are other businesses inside as well.
<p>Teena Olsen's studio is in this house. There are other businesses inside as well.</p>
4. Two spaces were in houses (though not the tech’s actual home).

Teena Olsen doesn't offer pedicures, but boy does she do nail art
<p>Teena Olsen doesn't offer pedicures, but boy does she do nail art</p>
5. Four of these salons did not offer pedicure services.

Maisie's pedicure space
<p>Maisie's pedicure space</p>
6. The highest priced service I saw was a pedicure in Maryland from Maisie Dunbar ($75.00).

Retail at the W Nail Bar in Columbus
<p>Retail at the W Nail Bar in Columbus</p>

7. Retail branched out across these various locations. I saw items for sale ranging from jewelry, hair ties, lipstick, tote bags, clothing, and house-made scrubs to the photos on the wall of the salon. In the case of Tootsies, the finger sculptures were also for sale.

Maisie Dunbar (left) and me
<p>Maisie Dunbar (left) and me</p>

8. Three of the nail techs I visited had done the cover of NAILS. 1) Buddy Sims 2) Celine Cumming 3) Maisie Dunbar

Haven in Denver, Colo.
<p>Haven in Denver, Colo.</p>

9. Waxing was by far the most popular additional service offered in the salon.

10. Every salon offered gel-polish. Interestingly, only one location did not do lacquer.

The Emerald Door in Silver Spring, Md. refers to itself as a "green beauty spa" because it offers facials and nail services
<p>The Emerald Door in Silver Spring, Md. refers to itself as a "green beauty spa" because it offers facials and nail services</p>
11. Three of the salons I visited considered themselves to be a “spa.”

Celine Cumming has her pictures on display in Middletown, Del.
<p>Celine Cumming has her pictures on display in Middletown, Del.</p>
12. Three of the salons had actual photos (not digital ones) of their nail artwork on display.

iMagic is expanding to make a pedciure only wing
<p>iMagic is expanding to make a pedciure only wing</p>

13. Two salons were expanding while I was there.

iMagic Nails advertises its Patron pedicure...and being part of the Salon Fanatic tour
<p>iMagic Nails advertises its Patron pedicure...and being part of the Salon Fanatic tour</p>

14. The most interesting service I noticed: a Patron pedicure (at iMagic Nails in Sacramento, Calif.).

15. The most interesting salon set-up was a salon/photo studio (G Nails & Spa in Davis, Calif.).

16. The most interesting décor: the soft sculpture hand and foot art on display at Tootsies in Denver, Colo.

17. Most interesting meeting with a salon owner: getting a pedicure alongside Castle Searcy, co-owner of Tootsies in Denver, Colo.

18. Three nail tattoos were spotted on the tour (two of these were on Melissa at Nail Purist).

Danielle's nail art done by Amanda at Elli Nail Spa in Columbus
<p>Danielle's nail art done by Amanda at Elli Nail Spa in Columbus</p>

19. I ran into four surprise guests on my trip! 1) Morgan Haile in Denver 2) NAILS' former art director Danielle Parisi in Columbus 3) NTNA S. 4 alum Cate Widemire in Columbus 4) NTNA S. 5 Top 24 competitor Dana Cecil in Columbus

20. Total number of services I received while on the road: 1) gel-polish removal 1) gel-polish manicure with nail art 2) toe polish changes with nail art 1) paraffin treatment 1)  gel-polish change on toes 1)  accent nail art 1) full pedicure 4) polish changes on my toes. A grand total of 12 nail services over the course of eight days!

Read about each leg of the tour on our Editor's Blog.

Keywords:   Buddy Sims     cover techs     gel-polish     Maisie Dunbar     nail art     NAILS Next Top Nail Artist     paraffin     retailing     salon decor/design     salon fanatic tour     Signature Services  

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