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I recently had a really great experience at the nail spa in Tomball, TX close to where I live, and it got me to thinking about the nail salon industry as a whole. Think about it – there’s a salon in practically every strip center in the US. There must be a reason why so many salons exists. As I was relaxing in my spa pedicure chair, having my stress gently massaged away, my mind began to wander, as it tends to do. “Why are salons so prevalent?” There is no shortage of reasons why. Here is what I think about it…
Good for the Body
First and foremost, a visit to the spa/salon is good for the physical body. Salons exist for the purpose of taking care of different parts of the body. Some focus just on nails, but many if not most also provide comprehensive foot care, skin care, massage, facials, teeth whitening, and much more. Even the most basic of salons provide more than just nail painting. A manicure will also include cuticle care, disinfection, hang nail removal, fungus treatment, etc. Beyond that, pedicures include similar care provided for manicures, but also include treatments for calluses, blisters, stress points in the foot and lower leg area, and more. Spa pedicures will include exfoliation, lower leg and foot skin moisturizing, massage and aromatherapy.
Many salons go much further, and include facials, micro-dermabrasion, full body massage, and more. Med-spas run by doctors take the body health aspect even further. So the health of the body is a great reason for a salon visit.
Good for the Mind
Have you ever entered a salon worried, angry or depressed, but by the time you left, you hadn’t a care in the world? Wouldn’t you agree that a visit to the salon was definitely great for your worried mind? Of course it is. The salon is a place for frazzled women to unwind, unload and unplug for an hour. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Your nail technician will quietly let you vent, sympathize with you, and even give you sage advice sometimes. These men and women of the nail salons have heard and seen it all, so if you have a problem, they’ve probably heard it before. They are like bartenders for women. You can release your frustrations out on a sympathetic caring ear, and you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Good or the Soul
A great salon visit can do wonders for one’s confidence, happiness and energy. A salon visit is good for the soul. Whether you are getting your hair done, your nails done, or having a full body massage, upon leaving, you’ll have a renewed zeal for life, a new confidence, and a greater love for your body. There’s nothing more gratifying to the soul than to have a greater confidence in yourself and your body.
So Much More…
Besides the reasons I mentioned above, there are so many more reasons. Women are pack animals, so being around other women just makes you feel more included, more secure and part of society. Some salons are almost like one big happy family, but only with the positive nurturing elements, no drama that often comes with a family.
Salons are good for the economy. Don’t laugh, it’s true. Your dollars spent in a salon support a salon owner and his/her family, the nail technicians family, the landlord, the salon’s suppliers, etc. You are setting off a positive chain reaction for the economy each time you visit a nail salon.
I could go on, but I just don’t feel like writing a book right now. Just take my word for it and go improve the economy 🙂
For those of you (boys) who don’t know diddly about nail polish, let me learn you some knowledge. There are ALL KINDS of nail polish. How can you not know this, I mean you have a girlfriend, right? Well, if not, then pay close attention.
First of all, not all brands are the same quality. The better brands are OPI, Essie, Vinylux and maybe a few others. There are some really expensive ones, but they aren’t really any better than the ones I just listed. Then there are the discount brands, which really are almost as good as the expensive ones. These include China Glaze, Savina, Color Club, Jordana, Sation and tons of others. Then you have the ultra-cheap ones. These are usually imported from China or Korea. These brands may not even have a brand name. One brand that comes to mind is Kleancolor.
Your best bet is to stick with the medium to expensive brands from OPI down to Sation. Don’t bother with the luxury brands, and don’t bother with the bottom of the barrel either.
Then there is the kind of polish that you want. I’ll briefly explain each of the more popular kinds:
Crème – crème polishes are what most people think of when they think of polish. They are opaque, and don’t have any effects like holographic or shimmer when you look at them from different angles. It’s like regular paint.
Shimmer or Frost – the term these days is shimmer, but we used to call it frost. These polishes have tiny glitter that makes the polish shimmer when you move them in the light. I’ve seen a similar effect on some sports cars’ paint job.
Glitter – glitter polishes have bigger pieces of glitter. They are big enough for you to make them out, whereas in shimmer polishes, the glitter is so small that you really can’t tell that it’s glitter. Glitter polishes may have various glitter shapes, and various sizes.
Matte – matte polish (usually a top coat) makes the nail polish not glossy, but more like the way your unpolished nail looks to begin with. For you boys, you should understand this – the finish looks like primer that you paint your car with before the paint.
New textures and effects come and go like crackle effect, glow in the dark, holographic, sand, etc.
Now, for you boys who just want to know the basics so you can impress your girlfriend with your sensitive side, basecoat goes on before the polish, and top coat goes on after the polish. Got it. Don’t worry about the other stuff like dehydrator, cuticle care, nail dryers, roughing the nail, buffers, buffing cream etc. That’s for another day. Well, that’s the basic stuff on polish. Hope you learned something new!
I have over 300 polishes, but there are just a few that I’m really proud of. These appreciated in value after the manufacturer discontinued the color. This happens when a particular color in a seasonal collection achieves a cult following after the polish was discontinued. Sometimes if a color sells really well, the company will put the color into their core collection, extending its life, but others are just eventually discontinued. Every now and then, a really unique color or even name of a color will catch fire just before it’s discontinued or sometime afterwards.
Maybe the company didn’t market the color well enough, or maybe it was just ahead of the style curve, and came into fashion late in its life. Whatever the reason, when the masses find out about the color and can’t wait to get their hands on it, they find that the supplies are extremely limited. Then the price skyrockets.
I have a few like that. I like to think that I can pick a winner quite often. Here are a couple that I picked up before their price spiked.
OPI – Pink Caramel
This amazing shade is very unique. It was part of the Sweet Pink Collection which was only released in Japan, I believe. Anyway, the color reminds me of a gong that has slightly tarnished. In the bottle, it’s a dirty pink with hints of brown and green, making it almost a copper color. It’s quite a bit lighter when you put it on your nails, but the shimmer is amazing. It’s truly a one of a kind.
China Glaze – OMG
China Glaze blazed the trail for holographic nail polish with their catchy theme of text-talk. Names like OMG, TTYL, 2NITE and LOL really hit a chord with the younger crowd, like me. It was like China Glaze was finally speaking our language. And the holographic effects were just awesome. My favorite of the bunch was OMG, a silver polish with a kind of rainbow holographic glitter. I still have a little left. I save it for special nights out with by BFF’s (hee hee).
Use your female intuition to find a color you like that you think will eventually be a cult classic. In fact, buy two – one to use, and one to keep and resell when the price goes through the roof.