A documentary about the prominent role of Vietnamese Americans in the nail industry is in the process of being made. Makers of the film, called #NailedIt, are raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign to complete the project.
The documentary looks at Vietnamese Americans and how they have become so active in owning and working in nail salons. Among the stories told is “how a chance encounter between 20 female Vietnamese refugees and actress Tippi Hedren in 1975 changed the face of the [nail] trade and industry.”
The trailer for the film is below:
The first nail salon in the U.S. opened way back in 1878, over 135 years ago! A new book, Nails: the Story of the Modern Manicure by Suzanne E. Shapiro, has the details on this salon–it was called Mrs. Cobb’s Manicure Parlor, was located on West 23rd Street in New York, and charged $1.25 for a manicure.
The New York Post has a review of the book, which not only discusses nails of the late 1800s, but also traces the history of nail salons and nail art all the way through to current times. The book appears to be a fun resource that explains the trends and circumstances that have led to nail polish fashions enjoying the immense popularity that they have today.