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
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