Utah County turns out to be a great place for a nail salon. La Nails 1 is happy to be here. The people of Utah County are some of the finest clients any nail salon could have. They love manicures and pedicures and we do many of them each day.
Prices tend to be lower for manicures and pedicures in Utah County than in other areas of the country. Go you go to Las Vegas for example and you’ll find that a manicure can cost as much as $55.00, more than double what we charge here. Those are admittedly tourist prices. Those visiting Utah County for nail services are often pleasantly surprised at the modest cost and superior service.
Just last week we had some tourists from Texas that came in. We did their nails and feet and they all left with smiles on their faces. I hope they will come back next time they are in town.
The nail salon business is a very competitive one even in Utah County. People do not realize how many nail salons exist until they start looking. There seems to be enough business for all the salons however. That’s a good sign in this economy.
Sometimes we are so busy we turn away walk-ins. We wish we could do everyone that asks but it’s just not physically possible. Utah County folks want to look good just as much as anyone in the country especially before an important holiday or event.
Utah County used to be a sleepy little area with not much going on. My how that’s changed. We see all the major retailers and restaurants in the area now. You can get almost anything you want without going to Salt Lake City. With I-15 being expanded and all the new housing being built, we will only see an increase in the need for nail salon services in Utah County in the future.
A large brush fire in Alpine Utah is raging as of this writing. A lot of our nail salon customers come from Alpine and we are concerned. LA Nails hopes that everyone in Alpine is safe and that the fire will be contained quickly.
Homes have been ordered to be evacuated. That’s not a good sign. The National Guard is assisting. Let’s hope that they will be able to contain this quickly
One of the surprises of operating a nail salon is the vast area from which clients come. Orem, UT is no exception. Our nail salon is in American Fork, but we see many clients from Orem on a regular basis. Why would that be?
Frankly we are not sure. I suppose we should ask them. A lot of Orem-ites have told us they bypass other nail salons in Orem and come to ours because they like the service better. That’s a very good feeling but I’m not sure it’s true of every client. Some perhaps live in Orem and work in American Fork and before or after work they will get a manicure or pedicure. Rather than go to a spa in Orem they simply drop by our salon. That would make sense.
Others could be looking in the Yellow Pages for Orem nail salons and happen to be attracted to our salon for some reason. It could be when sitting in their favorite hair salon in Orem or tanning salon in Orem and using their smartphone they discovered our website. Who knows! In any case rather than going to a nail salon in Orem we know for sure they are going to a nail salon (ours) in American Fork.
So how far is American Fork from Orem? If you take the furthest distance from our salon to edge of South Orem it’s around 10 miles. It would take about 20 to 25 minutes on the back road like Geneva road to get to the salon. While in American Fork you could shop at Fresh Market, which we are right next to, or go to Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, and even do your laundry. You could eat at many nice restaurants like Thai Village, or Texas Roadhouse and even get coffee at Starbucks.
Sure it’s an extra drive to American Fork, but if you haven’t tried our salon you owe it to yourself to make the drive and experience what you are missing. I know you like us and you’ll like the vast number of merchants in the American Fork area that would make your trip extra worth-while.
What a silly idea. A gift for Father’s day should be a chain saw, a tie, a bucket of Old Spice, and perhaps a package of Golf Balls. A pedicure? Are you nuts? Not really. Many men enjoy pedicures and feel refreshed by them. A Pedicure for Father’s Day Sunday, June 17, 2012 is actually a unique idea and one almost no one in your family will think of besides you.
LA Nails 1 makes it easy to give with our gift certificates. These can be in any amount you desire.
I think the biggest downside for men that would like to try a pedicure is the feminine nature of a nail salon. Usually they are decorated to the tastes of women. When going to a nail salon you’ll find it’s full of women. That should be a plus for men really, but it is often a negative. Men want to be seen in a nails salon as much as they want to be seen in Victoria’s Secret next to the underwear.
You may want to break tradition and thinking by forcing your father figure into getting a pedicure this year. Once he has a gift certificate purchased by you it’s going to be very hard for him to just let it go to waste. He’ll be sitting in one of our pedicure chairs and finding out that it’s not all that bad. He may in fact love it. While he relaxes a trained technician will be giving his feet a soothing treatment that they have longed for.
We love to have you come to our nail salon to get your manicure. After all that’s how we make our living and we do enjoy taking nails from shabby to glorious. It’s not always possible however for you to go to the nail salon for a manicure. You may not have time. The salon may be fully booked the day you have free. You may wish to save money because funds are tight. Whatever the reason these tips will help you achieve that salon look without going to the salon.
Here are the steps:
- Make sure to remove any old nail polish completely. You may wish to soak your nails in warm water to soften the cuticles for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Apply cuticle oil to your nails at the base of the cuticle and let it soak for another 1 to 2 minutes. Olive oil will work if you don’t have cuticle oil.
- Push back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick. You don’t want to cut them because cuticles are there to protect you from infection. Tip: You may even use a popsicle stick if you don’t wish to purchase anything special for your nails.
- Dry your nails completely.
- Cut, trim and file your nails to your desired length and style.
- Exfoliate: scrub your hands with a body scrub or make your own with sugar, lemon, vanilla drops, and olive oil. Your hands will feel and look amazing after.
- Apply your favorite hand moisturizer and let dry.
- Apply a base coat of polish carefully making sure not to paint over your fingers. Keep the base coat on the nails, but don’t drip or overflow.
- Apply your top coat twice. Do this carefully and with even motion. Let dry.
As with anything the more you do your own manicures the better you’ll get. Don’t be discouraged the first time. If you have questions on how to do it correctly, just ask next time you are in the salon. We are here to help you.
Here are some more photos of our nail salon in American Fork, Utah.
In Utah nails are well taken care of by the hundreds of nail technicians that live in the State. Utah just like every other State has licensing requirement for those that do manicures and pedicures.
To get a nail license a person must have 300 hours of education in nails and pass an exam by the Utah State Board of Cosmetology. Once the requirements have been met a license to act as a nail technician is granted. This license must be renewed each year and must be displayed somewhere in the nail salon at which the person works.
You might be amused to find that a lot of nail technicans are from Vietnam and speak Vietnamese. The nail exam however is all in English so they do understand English so don’t take for granted that you can talk about them or on the phone without them knowing what you are saying. Often they will converse in Vietnamese with each other while you are getting a pedicure or manicure. That can be frustrating because you have no idea if they are talking about you or about the latest soap opera.
In Utah nails are harder to take care of in winter because of cold weather, central heating and lack of exercise that often comes with cold weather. It is important to eat healthy, exercise, and have regular manicures if you want your finger nails to look their very best.
The dry air in the State also affects finger nails. At nearly a mile high we don’t have the moist air that a lot of eastern States enjoy. Dry air has benefits. Cold air doesn’t feel as cold and it doesn’t get muggy in the summer. That’s Utah! Nails suffer a bit from the dry air and it’s up to you to take care of them.
Finding a salon in Utah is a breeze. You’ll be amazed at the number of nail salons in any Utah town or city. It seems there is a big market for nail care in Utah.
These days it’s not just women. Many men enjoy the benefits of clean heathly nails and a soothing pedicure. What used to be taboo is now being accepted by men. Men that are professionals and office workers what to look their best too.
The state of Utah nails is fantastic. If you are visiting you’ll have no trouble finding someone to take care of your nails while here. Many resorts offer nail technician services as do many hotels in the major cities.
If you live in Utah you know that the local nail salon offers the best prices and personal service not found in tourist areas. The salon may not be fancy or as high brow as a resort salon, but they’ll often remember you and know what you like.