When stepping into La Bella Nails & Lashes in Papanui, the serene oasis is a sensory surprise. Embellished in oak wood and neutral hues, the salon has been operated by Bella Tran and her five professional therapists for eight months.
Using superior natural products, the menu is affordable and divine – from perfectly applied nail polish for $15, to a 75-minute ‘Escape to Heaven’ package for $85. There’s amazing silken eyelash extensions and waxing treatments.
It is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, which melds gel and acrylic qualities in more than 350 powder-coated shades. “It can last up-to three weeks; the Vitamin E and calcium help nails grow beautifully strong,” Bella says.
She suggests bridal groups have their nails done a couple of days before the wedding.
Gift vouchers will make Mother’s Day bliss. Mothers and daughters often recline side by side for pedicures on what Bella likens to beach beds by the pool with adjustable lumbar support. Little princesses can have their nails done and, for men, MAN-icures and sport pedicures.
Bella takes hygiene very seriously, using a medical-grade autoclave sterilisation system. Also avoiding nasty chemicals and using organic where possible is imperative, such as the organic mandarin and mango rich moisture crème and the famed Butter London nail-polish.
“From the bottom of my heart, I can say making my clients truly happy is the most important part of my business.”
Conveniently open from Tuesday-Sunday 12A Main North Road (parking around the back), phone 03-352 9789, or booking online is easy at www.labella.co.nz.
NailX Beauty Supplies believes in giving back to the cosmetic nail industry, through education.
After 12 months settling into the new showroom at 201 Opawa Road, Managing Director Karen Clark has just launched her upstairs education room enabling industry professionals to upskill using the latest products.
For those contemplating a career in the nail industry, foundation courses will also run during school holidays for 13 to 17-year-olds. “We plan to have lots of fun and give advice on further study options,” Karen says.
“We also ensure sterilisation, sanitation and safe practice is followed to ensure industry standards are high. A technician may be an expert in acrylic, but may want upskilling in Integrity or Gelavish gel, glass wraps or NOP odourless acrylic systems.”
A qualified technician, Karen has used INM professional products for decades and, coupled with her background in the freight industry, is in a strong position to import and distribute to salons and beauty schools nationwide.
International judges that will be guest educators at NailX include Lance Hazlett in E-Filing, and NZ Nail Technician of the Year 2017-18, Rachel Stevens, in Gelavish. Previous winner and this year’s runner-up, Amanda Viviers, will share her secrets of nail art and 3D sculpture. Other internationally trained INM Educators, such as Christchurch-based Claire Archer from The Art of Nail Technology will offer classes in various applications.
“Salons that purchased from 2017, will receive training credits. So book your space soon to ensure you won’t be disappointed!”
Visit nailx.co.nz email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 2 NAILX (0800 262 459).