Blog – Page 82 – American Fork Nail Salon
November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving week – schedule

It’s Thanksgiving week and it seems everyone is trying to get their nails done before the holiday. Yesterday was a crazy day for us. We barely had a break to get a bite to eat. Those that didn’t have reservations had to be turned away. We would love to take care of everyone, but it’s not possible. There are only so many hours in the day and only so many nail technicians to go around.

The salon will be closed Thursday, Thanksgiving day, and Friday the day after. We will open again on Saturday.

October 19, 2012

New couch and chairs for our waiting area

We just new leather chairs and a couch for our waiting area. The old ones were getting quite dated. Let us know if you like the new ones. They should be much more comfortable than what we had. Hopefully you won’t need to wait very long to get your nails done or to get a pedicure, but if you do, we want you to be happy and comfortable.

As the holidays get closer we get busy. It is best to make an appointment so you don’t get disappointed. It is hard for us to say no when you walk in sometimes we must. Still, if you happen to be near the salon and want something, just stop by and ask if we have openings. Sometimes we do.

August 24, 2012

Nail Salon Dangers – Manicure and Pedicure Fungus

A nail fungus is a sometimes painful disease that affects the finger or toe nails. It often shows up as a yellow discoloration of the nail that is thicker than normal. Some might think that it’s just a beauty issue, but it’s more dangerous than that. Ask Paula Adul, the entertainer and American Idol judge, who lobbied to get stricter regulations on nail salons after a 2004 incident that left her in severe pain and a battle with nail fungus that lasted a year.

Are you protected? Your nail salon is supposed to sanitize instruments and use sanitary methods so that you do not get infected from another customer. Unfortunately not all nail salons follow safe practices despite the law. Often they get lazy or simply do not wish to purchase the proper sanitizers that are required. This can lead to a very bad infection or a nail fungus that will cost you .

LA Nails 1 in American Fork, Utah uses safe sanitary methods. We use barbicide to disinfect the pedicure stations and instruments despite its cost. We have a heat sanitizer that also is used to disinfect tools and towels. When a customer comes in that has an obvious nail fungus we won’t’ service them until they get that fungus treated and cured. Sure this is lost revenue to us but we look at the big picture and want to protect our clients.

Clients with a fungus have been turned away in the past not only to protect our other clients, but also so that they have a better chance to heal. Putting polish on top of a nail fungus does not allow that fungus to be treated and heal.

How can you protect yourself?

First if you do have a nail fungus, avoid the salon and avoid polishing your nails. See a dermatologist as soon as you can and get treated.

Second, ask your nail salon about their sanitary practices. Ask if they use barbicide and have a heat sanitizer. Ask them what they do if someone comes in with a nail fungus. The proper answer is to turn down service to that customer.

Not all nail salons are equal. It is better to pay a bit more at a salon that uses the proper sanitary supplies and practices than to go to a cheapo salon that doesn’t.

August 12, 2012

Utah County Fire Caused Smoke and Bad Air

The Utah County fires in Alpine and American Fork have caused a lot of smoke. We were out and about and got these shots of the haze and smoke today.

August 8, 2012

Utah Nail Salon

LA Nails 1 is a Utah Nail Salon. So what you may say. Does that make it any different from a California Salon or a Nevada Salon? Yes it does. Let me explain.

The tastes and values of the people in each State are slightly different. In California clients tend to like flashy more showy nails. In a Utah nail salon people tend to be more conservative in their tastes. We see more French Nails and solid color manicures than we see off the wall flashy colors and design.

Feather nails and pictures of family members on nails hardly ever are requested in Utah. Beads are rare too. The people of Utah tend to like simple and clean designs and colors for their nails. Reds and blues and whites are the most popular colors followed by yellows and greens.

Nail design is starting to get traction but the vast majority of Utah nail customers want solid colors. We’ve noticed that the younger a person is the bolder they want their nails. Older customers tend to want the tried and true and do not often vary their choice of color. Younger people like to try new things like magnetic nail polish and nail art.

A factor of course in the choice of colors and design for nails is your work. If you are a customer service person that must deal with the public your employer may not appreciate or even may have rules that prevent bold and flashy nails. Of course you could always sneak in a flashy design during Halloween or perhaps another holiday.

If you want to be different in Utah go for nail design, flashy colors, or magnetic polish. You’ll stand out from the crowd and everyone will notice your nails.

Utah Nail Salon

Utah Nail Salon

August 7, 2012

Beyoncé’s Wild Manciure

Beyoncé's Manicure

Beyoncé’s Wild Manicure

How’s this for a manicure. Beyoncé recently had a manicure done by nail artist Lisa Logan that features mini photo images of herself and her husband Jay-Z’. The small images are surrounded by gold beads and show a happy couple.




August 4, 2012

Nail Salon Prices

Nail Salon prices can vary widely depending on your location and venue. A salon at a major resort such as Walt Disney World can command a much higher price than the nail salon in a small town. A manicure on a cruise ship will certainly be much pricier than a manicure elsewhere.

Each location has its loyal and dedicated clients no matter the price. The same manicure that would cost under $20 at our salon would cost $40 to $60 on a cruise ship or in Beverly Hills or in Disney World.

An increase in price however does not always relate to better quality. The price you pay at your selected salon is the price that the market will bear at that location. Each individual manicurist has their own style and experience and will give you various levels of satisfaction even within the same salon.

Some salons offer crazy prices in order to attract business. This can be good for you in the short term but is terrible for you in the long term. Here is why.
In the short term you get a fantastic deal. Let’s say the manicure is only $10 and they’ve advertised it with a sign out front. The normal price is $15 but they want to compete with the salon next door and attract business. As long as the manicurist is skilled and provides the same level of service as the other salon you’re going get a good deal and you would be crazy not to take them up on it.

In the long term however it’s a losing proposition for you and for the salon. At a deep discount the salon and the manicurist are not making much money. If they continue to deep discount they will both lose interest in quality and standards. The salon may choose to cut costs by not buying the expensive sanitary solutions or by buying inferior polish that contains dangerous chemicals.

Then too all the wrong type of customers are attracted to a lower price. It is perhaps not polite to say but often people that are bargain shoppers are not as clean and hygienic as those that are willing to pay more. These types of clients can introduce fungus and disease into the salon. In theory a salon should turn away clients with a fungus or skin disease but when they are focused on revenue they would be hesitant to do so.

Would you rather pay $30 for a superior, safe, professional and clean manicure or $10 for a manicure that may just give you a funky disease? The answer would seem obvious but to some saving money is more important than health. Their choice I guess.

As a rule of thumb you should budget $20 to $30 for a manicure and tip and about $30 to $50 for a pedicure and tip. Remember, the cruise line will charge $40 to $60 for a manicure but that doesn’t even include the tip.

Whatever you choose, bargain basement, middle of the road, or luxury price points the most important thing is to get the result you want. There is nothing like the feeling of having beautiful nails. Sometimes you have to shop around to find the salon that makes you comfortable, beautiful, and at a price that is good for you.

July 29, 2012

What is a French Manicure?

French Manicure

French Manicure

Women regularly indulge themselves in this classic beauty routine known as a French Manicure, whether they go out to a salon or do it themselves at home. It is the most well-known form of manicure in the United State being the most “natural” look for fingernails. A French Manicure is very universal in that the look is ideal for day-to-day life, weddings, proms, special events, or nights out on the town or just about any event.

A manicure dates back to about 5000 years ago. French Manicure history is thought to go back to the mid 1970’s when a man named Jeff Pink, president of the popular manicure company Orly, attended a fashion show where he noticed several of the models were using a white pencil to whiten the tips of their fingernails. He quickly realized this could be major fashion trend brewing and came up with a way to recreate the look. The result was a kit that contained two shades of polish; a light pink base and white polish to paint the tips of the fingernails. Mr. Pink also included adhesive strips to place at the baseline of the nail so that women could effortlessly the perfect look when applying the white paint.

French manicures are still sold in kits today, but have varied slightly since their beginning. Today you can choose from a classic light pink shade, a nude base, or you could even choose a pearl-based shade to add a bit of glamour to this classic manicure. Several kits contain jewels or other accents to add to your newly manicured nails if you are looking to “kick it up” a notch or two. Of course these kits are meant to be applied at home, but if you’d rather head to a salon, you’ll find French Manicures to be a popular choice among salon clients.

Nail technicians at salons will often use acrylic tips when providing a French Manicure. This is usually done when the actual nails are not long enough to get the stunning white tip look. The nail technician will place long tips on your fingernails, cut them down to your requested size, and sand them down so that tip blends with your actual nail. Then they apply an acrylic foundation that hardens your nails to make them smooth and even, and then will proceed with the French Manicure techniques. After painting your nails with a base shade, the technician then adds the white paint to your faux tips and finishes them off with a drying spray.

We do French manicures at our salon. Come try one !