Are you looking for a healthier alternative to acrylic nails?
Do you question the cleanliness of "discount" salons?
Are you worried what the chemicals are doing to your body?
Are you looking for something completely natural looking?
My Name is Noelle and I have 27 years in the nail industry, 13 of them exclusively doing gel nails. I have owned 3 salons in AZ and CO and have my Masters Certificate from Creative Nail Design. About 13 years ago, I became allergic to acrylic so I went on a quest to find a healthier product. I switched my clients over to the gel and they all loved it! After trying a few, my friend and co-worker Vickie finally found Brisa Gel by Creative Nail Design.
About My Sanitation Procedures
Before I owned my own salon, our salon owner required all her booth renters to take a half day infection protection class. I am so thankful for her, it made me realize how easily diseases can be spread and how unsanitary some salons are! You can take comfort in knowing that I have always exceeded the state board requirements for sanitation and always had perfect scores at inspections.
I hand file using a new file on each client that you get to take home. I use a totally sanitary pipeless pedicure foot bath called the Footsie Spa. It requires a liner for each client. Therefore, there is no cross contamination between clients.
About Gel Nails
Brisa Gel nails are wonderful because they are strong, perfectly clear, do not yellow, will not get gummy with suntan lotion, do not lift, stay shiny for weeks and there is no odor! Also, they never need soaking off as they are a non porous product and don't break down like acrylic. Gel nails are for women who want a natural look.
Once in a while you might need a repair, (no artificial nails are perfect.) I do not charge for repairs on my own work, even if you smash a nail in a drawer. To start out, using a nail form, I build out the gel tip. I customize the tip color to your own shade of white on your natural nail. This way, they grow out looking natural . This also eliminates the need for backfills because the tip color always matches your own natural nail. Eventually, your own nails grow out and you can keep the gel coat over the top for strength. I can also do the whiter tips if you prefer. You get them filled every two to three weeks.
If you are lucky enough to have gorgeous natural nails of your own, I also do what is called a "Gel Manicure." I use a product called Gelish which is a gel / polish hybrid which makes it the best of both worlds. It goes on like polish, but it wears like gel. It will protect your nails better than just polish, allowing them to grow longer. You go under the UV light to cure it between coats. It can last up to 2 weeks and a Gelish pedicure lasts over a month! The best part is your nails dry when you leave the salon! If you are switching from acrylic...I do not recommend the Shellac brand for nails that are recovering from acrylics, have been drilled or nails that are extremely thin, bitten etc. The Shellac brand only works well on virgin, healthy nails. However, I will do the Gelish brand but I can't guarantee it will stay on either depending on how badly damaged your nails are.
Full Set Brisa Gel 60.00
Brisa Gel Fill 35.00
Gel Manicure 30.00
Soak Off & Gel Manicure 35.00
Gel Polish Only 20.00
Regular Manicure 23.00
Gel Pedicure 50.00
Regular Pedicure 35.00
A few warnings....
Some of the discount salons are advertising gel nails for a much cheaper price.
They are NOT gel. They are trying to scam you and this is what they do.
They put acrylic on you then they put a gel topcoat on and put you under the UV lamp and call it "Gel Nails." I have seen this HUNDREDS of times and you are not getting what you paid for.
There is no such thing as a "gel powder" either. There is a hybrid but it still has acrylic in it. Because of the dishonesty, there have been cases where women had to go to the emergency room for treatment. This is a huge problem happening all over the country and the BBB is looking into it. If you feel like this has happened to you, please contact the BBB.
Just like everything else, you get what you pay for. Gel nails require a much more skilled and educated nail tech and the product is much more expensive. A full set of "REAL" Gel Nails from a reputable nail tech should cost between $50.00 and $80.00 for a full set and should take about an hour and a half. All authentic gel is in a GEL form and each layer is cured by UV lights.
The State Board suggests that for your own safety, do not shave your legs on the day of, before your pedicure. Also, do not get a pedicure if you have a fungal infection. Fungal infections are very easily spread. It is the law that we are not allowed to work on anyone with a communicable disease and a fungal infection is one of them. You will know if you have one because your toenail will get thick, yellowish and lift off the nail bed. Another clue is the free edge (the white part) will start receding. Go to your dermatologist, you are at risk of losing that nail. If you have a fungal infection I WILL NOT work on you until it is cleared up.
Pedicure sanitation for jetted footbaths, consists of this, according to the AZ state board. BETWEEN EACH CLIENT the tub needs to be drained and wiped out with a hospital grade disinfectant or bleach, then rinsed. Then the tub needs to be filled back up again, disinfectant added and the jets need to be ran for 10 minutes. At the end of the day the system is taken apart and the jets and filters have to be cleaned and sanitized. If your nail tech is not doing this you could be at serious risk for MERSA, or worse. If you have done any research, you know that pedicure systems that have jets in them have been shown to spread disease because they are hardly ever completely sanitized. A lot of discount salons just wipe out the bowl which really does nothing because all the bacteria from the previous client is lodged in the jets and pipes and then it gets recirculated to the next client.
I encourage you to go online and research safety and sanitation for pedicures and the benefits of gel nails verses acrylic for yourself. Make informed decisions for your own body.
I changed the products I was using for mine and my clients health.
1712 E Guadalupe Rd Studio 125 Tempe, AZ 85283 Inside L'Mage Salon Studios
480 428 9988