Once upon a time I found a great little nail salon in Laguna Beach, California. Unfortunately, my favorite salon closed its doors, but luckily I stayed in contact with the former owner who is an amazing nail artist and friend. She had been working as a mobile nail tech up until recently when she became the creative force behind The Nail Story, a new chain of salons that will be concentrated in south Orange County, Calif.
I got to go in and experience the Nail Story this week in its first location, Lake Forest, Calif. A gigantic wall of nail products greeted me. The salon carries almost everything: Presto, Cuccio, butter LONDON, Ciate, OPI, CND, Young Nails, and lacc. For my pedicure I chose a pink glittery Ciate. The chairs at this salon are absolutely comfy. Guests can enjoy coffee, water, or wine when they sit back and relax. I love the clean, white palette of the place. The accent colors of orange and pink pair nicely with the wall art (a barcode, hand-painted by chief project consultant and nail artist, Jae’tte Burneo).
The nail bar is equally sleek and comfy. Guests can opt for polish, longer-lasting polish, acrylics, gels, or gel-polish. While I was there I witnessed a big demand for other services as well, such as lashes and facials. The wall behind the nail bar offers retail items for nails, skin, and makeup.
Next Top Nail Artist contestant Sherri Traweek is one of the resident nail artists who dazzled up my digits using Ciate polish and acrylic paint. I told her she could do whatever she wanted with my nails, and luckily Traweek had a running list of nail art ideas she wanted to try, so carousel nails finally got checked off the list.
I can’t wait to venture into more Nail Story locations. The second one in Laguna Niguel is going to be even bigger. A salon chain owned by two doctors and has a nail artist and former salon owner as its chief consultant can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a chain salon that is rigorous in its sanitation standards and provides quality nail art and products for sale, you’re in for a happy ending.
The Nail Story | 22621 Lake Forest Drive, Unit C3 |Lake Forest, CA 92630