Retail Boutique: Homemade Products

Nail techs have more than just nails through which they showcase their creative talents. Take a look at products they make at home and sell at their salons.

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Nail techs have more than just nails through which to showcase their creative talents. This month we feature the products they make at home and sell at their salons.

1. By using In the Raw coarse sugar, Jillian’s Sugar Scrub, sold by Kala Bastion at Jillian’s Salon in Princeton, Ill., has the exfoliation capability of salt scrubs, but works additionally to moisturize skin. It comes in seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, spice, tangerine, lilac, cranberry, citrus, and sage. (815) 872-0600

2. Shannon Chomanczuk of A Polished Image salon in New Windsor, N.Y., has been making her own beaded jewelry for six years. For her line, A Polished Image Jewelry, she works with pearls, Swarovski crystal, gold-filled wire and findings, sterling silver, beads from a local artist, and semi-precious stones. (845) 565-0422

3. Dolores “Dee” Faas, a 15-year veteran of the nail industry, has been designing her elegant Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl necklaces for two years. Retailed in boutiques and Cuticles Salon in Indialantic, Fla., for $125 to $200, pieces from Vigiro Designs come in all colors of pearls, crystal, and semi-precious stones and can be worn wrapped or knotted. (321) 960-4300

4. While working at a hospital’s salon in Chicago, Pat Bailey, a nail tech for over two decades, learned about aromatherapy. Today, her Vontrie’s Couture line of essential oil blends are used in Legal Hair & Day Spa of Steubenville, Ohio, and sold on her website. Scents include Calm & Relaxed (lavender, chamomile, rose, and vanilla) and Thieves Blend (cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus), a concoction that grave robbers and looters used in the 1500s to cover their clothing to avoid contracting the black plague. (773) 490-8565,

5. Lynnette Madden of Salon 29 at Main in East Greenville, Pa., makes elastic band, double-strand toe rings. She was initially inspired four years ago by a toe ring vendor at the Premiere Beauty Show in Orlando. A year later, she set out to improve on those toe ring designs by creating her own line, Lynnette’s Celtic Classiques, using beads, Swarovski crystals, colored glass, pearl beads, and silver. [email protected]

6. Salon owner Sara Spallino of Beauty Bar in Toledo, Ohio, began making her Sara’s Beauty Bar body butters a few years ago and now her products are sold not only in her salon but on the Home Shopping Network. Scents include orchids, sweet peas, sunflowers, lilacs, and pear sorbet.,

7. Owner of Cuticles Salon in Indialantic, Fla., and a nail tech for 25 years, Faith Glionna adds colored beads to her sculpted P.M.C. necklaces and earrings, which are sold at her salon under the jewelry line Piece of Faith. A former art major in college, Glionna was hooked after taking a jewelry-making class at a local art museum. (321) 723-4236

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