By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
With over a decade of experience as a nail technician, when the opportunity came to become the new owner of Lovely Nails of Oakstead in Land O’Lakes, Kim Nguyen jumped at the opportunity to bring her personal touches to the salon in August 2018.
“I love to meet people, talk, and make their nails pretty,” said Kim.
Open Monday through Saturday, Lovely Nails offers not only manicures and pedicures, but waxing and spa treatments for feet – providing everything to one place, in one expedient location.
Using only OPI, IBD and D&D lines of polish, Lovely Nails’ full nail service for men, women, and children includes basic manicures, French, acrylics, shellac, pink and white, chrome, ombre, and UV gel.
The professional-looking Pink and White nail is popular with business women who like the elegance of this classic look. A pink powder is used for the nail bed and a white powder is used for the tip.
In addition to painted nails, Kim offers color dipping powder derived from algae that offers the strength of acrylic without the solvent or need for curing under a UV light. Kim recommends dip for anyone with oily nails.
“We paint the base then a customer dips their nails in a jar of color two or three times,” said Kim. “It’s dry in about two minutes. You don’t have to wait like a regular manicure.”
Lasting about two weeks, iBio Seaweed Gel is an option for both real nails and on the top of acrylics. Vibrantly colored, iBio Seaweed is thin, lightweight, and natural-looking. The salon offers over 500 gel colors, glitter and permanent French.
“I specialize in iBio in my shop,” said Kim. “It lasts two and half to three weeks.”
Just like the ombre variegated color for hair that changes from one color to another, Ombre is also a popular request for nails.
Kim enjoys being challenged to create different types of nail art by her customers. Many times, a younger customer brings in favorites images from Pinterest and Instagram with requests for copying the nail art of the people they follow.
“Most people show me the pictures and I can do the design for them.”
At Halloween, she sees requests for spiders, webs, pumpkins and at Christmas, trees, presents, glitter, and decorative crystals, stones, and gems are popular.
“We can do some cute design on the nails,” she said. “We also do foil transfer.”
Seeing a resurgence on Instagram, foil transfer is used to add a pop of color or texture to nail designs. The client’s custom design is created, sealed with gel top coat, and cured.
Nails that look like they been dipped in cookie crumbs, aptly named crumb art, is a popular request with the Pinterest and Instagram set.
“We apply the gel base coat and then the crumb, and then the top coat.”
Kim also can apply metallic stickers to painted nails that last about two weeks.
For the fall season, the nail colors are trending on the darker side. Kim explained that the colors tend to be seasonal.
Additionally, Lovely Nails offers pampering above a traditional pedicure, with spa treatments for feet. Lovely Nails’ Shea Butter Pedicure is soothing and moisturizing.
A customer can also choose from five other organic treatments that include massage from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on service selected:
The Lavender Spa Pedicure includes a whirlpool with Lavender essential oil, a leg and foot exfoliation, a Lavender shea butter application and paraffin foot treatment; The Mandarin and Mango offers a foot soak, a lemon scrub, cucumber cream foot massage, hot towels and nail polish; The Purissma Spa Pedicure offers the essence of ayerveda spa pedicure, treating any issues to achieve healthy skin; The Green Tea Pedicure is an anti-aging remedy, boosting skin’s immunity and protecting it from free radicals, and The Silky Milk Spa Pedicure is a skin exfoliant, maximizing the moisture in skin.
If a customer is looking for a fun, innovative birthday party, bachelorette party, girl’s night out, a children’s party, or other occasion, Kim offers a 10% discount for 6 or more guests to celebrate their special event.
To round out its many convenient services, waxing is available for lip, chin, legs, back, and bikini area and waxing, coloring, shape and trim is available for eyebrows.
For Kim, making her clients feel beautiful is just another perk of owning Lovely Nails.
“We take the time here to do the service. There’s no rush. We want you to feel pampered and relaxed,” said Kim. “I love whatever I do for my customers. I love to do everything. Whatever they ask for, it makes me happy.”
Lovely Nails is located 19455 Shumard Oak Drive, #101, Land O’Lakes and is open Monday through Friday 930am to 7pm and Saturday 930am to 6pm. In December, Kim is offering 20% off any service with magazine coupon and receive a $5 gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card. To learn more or to make an appointment visit lovelynailsofoakstead.com or call 813.388.6411. Customers can also connect on social media – Facebook: Lovely Nails of Oakstead Community and Instagram: kimnguyen_lovelynail_oakstead.