Mary Ann Kilgore always wears sandals. So she used to obsess over the condition of her feet, a preoccupation she was able to turn into an occupation upon becoming a training manager for Minx Nails. The Minx process uses adhesive colors and designs that, when heated, bond to nails with an effect similar to shrink-wrap or the vacuum cleaner on Superman's back that sucks his cape tight. This enables the pedicure to last for up to six weeks, a feat Mary Ann was so continually impressed with that she no longer wanted to just train Minx stylists—she wanted to be one.
Along with her experience as a nail technician at The Spa at Pelican Hill, which boasts one of Forbes' elite five-star ratings, Mary Ann used her Minx training to open her own nail studio. Despite its cheeky name, The OC Minx is more serene than social: she is the only practitioner and works with clients one-on-one in a completely private space decorated with plants, candles, and cushy earth-toned furniture. She does more than just Minx pedicures here, though, as she also blends OPI polishes for custom colors, administers Shellac manicures, and gives hot-stone massages as part of spa pedicures or to overworked pedicure chairs.
During her four years at Toni&Guy, Natalee Matalka not only perfected the art of precision cuts and styling, but she also became certified in Brazilian blowouts—a treatment that lends shine and manageability to manes for up to 12 weeks. She brings that expertise to The Loft Hair Studio and Day Spa, where she turns out shiny, vibrant strands with Moroccanoil and Rusk products.
Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure at Happy Nails and Spa in Costa Mesa. At Happy Nails, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. They will get your nails to exactly the place you want. Happy Nails provides the service of gel, acrylic, and natural manicures. And, feel free to get a quick eyebrow wax while you’re waiting for your nails to dry! This is a great little place for a pick-me-up that will put a little bounce back in your step. Head over to Happy Nails and Spa where they will give you the royal treatment, and you are sure to leave as happy as your hands and feet!
For the team at Hand Jobs Nails & More, nails aren't just surfaces for buffing and polishing. Instead, they're canvases upon which the team applies custom painted nail art, with designs that have ranged from leopard prints to Halloween-themed pumpkins and spiders. They can even adorn nails with jewelry, including 14k charms and crowns. The crew pampers nails with classic manicures and pedicures or spa-style treatments, such as massages and soaks.