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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!

<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.

<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).

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

3. Three salons were in-home studios.

<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).

<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.

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

<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.

<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

<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.

<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.”

<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.

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

13. Two salons were expanding while I was there.

<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).

<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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