Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.
For more than 14 years, Studio Selfish's managing manicurist Katrina has followed her passion for beauty. She spruces up fingers and toes through a variety of manicure services using OPI polishes and no-chip gel coats with glitter. She also prettifies faces with eyelash application, makeup, or waxing services.
Tell us about your business.
Jackie Rays Studio is a trendy hair and nail studio. The space is set up differently than your traditional salon. In the private studio, you don't have to hear the hustle and bustle of your neighbors and you will receive my undivided attention during your service.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
My signature service would be the OPI gel color manicures. They are two-week, chip-free, and high-shine manicures. The service starts off with a manicure, including cuticle care and nail shaping. Then we begin applying the gel color, which goes on just like a standard polish. Once the gel color is applied, it cures under a light for 30 seconds. After curing the polish, the nails are completely dry to the touch. No worrying about messing up your nails while digging for your keys to leave! The service is finished off with a hand massage.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
As soon as I was old enough to start experimenting with my own hair and nails, I knew this industry would be the perfect fit for me. I love making others feel great about themselves! I love getting to know people. I love that this industry is always changing—there is always something to learn and more knowledge to gain.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
I have had nothing but great reactions to the OPI gel color. My clients are so impressed by the high shine and durability of the product. They are also amazed at the great condition their nails stay in once the product is removed.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell and OPI
In addition to bolstering the well-being and beauty of its human patrons, the staff at Mona Lisa Eco Salon & Spa also looks out for a much larger client: Mother Earth. That’s why the staff uses Italian-made Davines Essential Haircare products during all of their cut, style, and coloring services. Crafted from natural ingredients of Mediterranean origin, using 100% renewable energy, and housed in environmentally friendly packaging, Davines products color strands without ammonia or traces of crayon. Staffers also pamper other parts of the body, treating clients to facials, fruit peels, massages, and natural wax services.
The trained nail technicians at Anthony Rocco's Hair Design prune overzealous fingernails into elegant and glossy silhouettes in a warm and airy salon space. Each 30-minute manicure refreshes talons damaged from daily leapfrog commutes with a soak, trim, and burnishing buff. Newly supple nails eagerly accept a lustrous slick of polish in dazzling shades such as Houston, We Have a Purple or Austin-tatious Turquoise, proud constituents of OPI's Texas collection. During the manicure, technicians also treat twisted limbs to a hand and arm massage, which moisturizes skin and coaxes hands out of defensive claw formations.