With a certificate from the Creative Nail Academy in hand, Sara Ann could have left her expertise at that––but she didn’t. Beauty is an ever-evolving field. That’s why she went on to receive an electric-filing certification, and she is now pursuing cosmetology licensure at the Milan Institute. Drawing on the skills gleaned from her continuing education on top of more than six years of experience, Sara crafts gel nails, long-lasting Shellac manicures, and more than 300 custom-mixed RockStar acrylics for her clients. Sara also has a deft hand for 3D nail art in intricate designs such as cupcakes, roses, or surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí painting his nails.
At Chop Shop Salon, Tammy Abbott's clients often leave her manicure table with digits featuring custom drawn designs, such as jack-o'-lanterns, baseballs, and sparkles. Other clients opt for simple solid colors, and that's OK, because Tammy stocks a wide assortment of hues. Either way, after Tammy is finished, she primps and protects clients' nails with durable, glossy Gelish polish or eye-catching acrylic nails.
It's all about fingers and toes at Nails by Ashley. Ashley doesn't just dole out luxurious spa manicures and pedicures, she also specializes shellac and Gelish nails, which resist chipping and scratching longer than traditional polishes. What's more, she's also skilled at nail design and can enhance natural nails with acrylics decorated with everything from leopard print to stick-on gems.
Sarah both protects nails and makes them look pretty. She uses long-lasting gel polish that staves off chips and scratches caused by daily wear and tear, such as washing dishes or petting your pet porcupine. Her stash of polish includes a kaleidoscope of colors, along with glittery options.
Alicia Dieringer of Totally Polished By Ali adorns nails with traditional polish, acrylic overlays, and full sets of falsies during her artistic manicures. Pedicures leave soles softened and toenails varnished, ready for sandal season or footsie tournaments.
The technicians at minx'n it up nails are true artists at heart. They decorate nails with animal prints, polishes mixed with sparkles galore, 3D bows, and DNA strands. On holidays, nails pop with mistletoe and snowflakes or hearts and red lips.