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:
On famous Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, a new nail salon has opened recently. Perhaps this doesn’t sound newsworthy, but what makes it interesting is that this salon caters to men. Called Hammer and Nails, the business has received pretty good reviews on Yelp and offers manicure and pedicure services ranging from $25 to $110. Racked.com has more details.
This nail shop is another indication that nail polish for men is becoming more popular and socially acceptable. What do you think? Does this seem like a sustainable business, or are manis and pedis for guys more of just a passing fad?
In a move welcomed by many, the city of Santa Monica, California, is introducing a program to improve the health of nail salon employees. The initiative is meant to encourage salons to engage in practices such as:
- avoiding nail polish that contains the most toxic chemicals
- making certain that salon workers protect themselves with proper gloves
- improving ventilation within nail salons
Many nail polish brands already have eliminated the use of hazardous chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde, but this program will do even more to protect the health of customers and employees alike.
Approximately 120 nail technicians work in Santa Monica, home to about 30 licensed salons.
Have you ever wondered which nail art salons can turn your nails into “Instagrammable works of art”? Or perhaps you would just like to get some new ideas for nail designs?
This article from LAist lists the best nail salons in Los Angeles. The piece lists seven salons and gives you a taste of what makes them so appealing. There are even a couple of pictures that might inspire you, even if you can’t make it out to these locations.