Like performance art that uses fish food as a metaphor for modern life, chipped nail polish can look tacky and leave colorful flakes all over the furniture. Guard against chromatic crumbs with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a no-chip Shellac manicure at Relative Hair & Sun (a $35 value).
Relative Hair & Sun’s nail-smith Cathy Carswell applies her vast bounty of polishing experience to each manicure service she performs. Prettify finger-shields with a Shellac no-chip manicure, which coats nails in a glossy potion imbued with the qualities of both regular nail polish and UV-gel polish. After each layer of color, nails briefly lounge under a UV lamp, sealing their new ensembles and acquiring the ability to poke the ozone layer. Digit-domes exit their manicures dry and ready to withstand vigorous front-door-key fumbling. The polish can last for up to two weeks and is chip-resistant. After a fortnight of pinky posing, customers can return to the salon for a swift removal treatment, which requires the use of 100% acetone.
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
516 E Santa Clara St.
Ventura, California 93001