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MMA Fighter Toughens Up with Gel Toes

by Beth Livesay | December 27, 2016
Photo  by Tom Cisneros

Photo  by Tom Cisneros

Lightweight MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Damon Tavangar has been training and fighting for several years. Since a big part of his sport is kicking, he began noticing that one of his toenails was cracking. That’s when gel-polish came to the rescue. Tavanagar had enjoyed traditional pedicures before, but now only opts for gel-polish services. “I’m using gel because of its durability and because it makes my nails tough, so the nail is protected when kicking against a hard surface,” he says. His color choices dazzle opponents. Tavangar has worn black, navy, and gray gel-polish on his toes. For an upcoming fight he even wants to try chrome.

MMA fighter Damon Tavangar is getting a gel pedi at Polished Perfect in Irvine, Calif.

MMA fighter Damon Tavangar is getting a gel pedi at Polished Perfect in Irvine, Calif.

Tavangar frequents Polished Perfect in Irvine, Calif., and Glo in Costa Mesa, Calif., for his signature service. “Overall it’s a very relaxing and soothing experience. I always look forward to going back,” he says. He makes time once a month to get his feet fight-ready. 

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