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our story

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So there we were…t

wo longtime friends, getting our nails done…

 

(actually, just one of us… but go with it for effect.)

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As we chatted about things big and small...

(full disclosure: this was on the phone,
as we were on opposite ends of the country)

 
 

we landed on a question:

"What would the most delicious nail salon in all of the land be like?"

The answer was quick to appear...

 
 
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  It would be a place to get superior, non-toxic nail care in a hyper-clean environment. 

 

It would be a place to gather, and both unwind and re-energize… make new friends and connect with old ones. 

 

And it would be a place that gives back to the communities it serves.

 

And that is when the nailsaloon was born.

 
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Prohibition

(Things we’ve outlawed)

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Toxicity

We love healthy nails, so our salons are what we call 5-free+. This means we only use 5-free (or greater) nail color. What’s 5-free? Excellent question. It's polish without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Resin or Camphor. This also means: no gels, no powders, no acrylic, no glues. No joke.

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Grime

We are obsessed with keeping it clean. It's why all our tools are single-use, or have been medically sterilized. We could practice surgery with our clippers. Not that we would, natch.

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Rotten Winds

We love the smell of flowers… but you won’t even smell those here. We keep our salons scent-free, by using high-tech source ventilation, with vents as strong as a horse pulling a buggy. Minus the smell of the horse. Of course.

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Mean Girls

No explanation needed, darlings.

 

Welcome. 

We're happy you're here.

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Our Team

Andréa Vieira & Claudia Diamante

co-founders

 
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Andréa and Claudia are longtime friends who always dreamed of ditching corporate America to have a business of their own. In the spring of 2013, after outlining dozens of business ideas on the backs of napkins and envelopes, they had a life-changing phone call.  

Andréa, a former journalist and television producer, was in Seattle, getting her toes done at a less-than-optimal nail salon. Claudia, a business development strategist at a satellite company, was in DC, stuck in rush-hour traffic. As their phones cut in and out, they lamented their fate and agreed this conversation would be better had side-by-side and over a cocktail.

In 2014, they opened the nailsaloon, where they can do just that: sit together and enjoy a scrub and foot massage, while they catch up on the business and everything that isn’t work-related – which they vow to do on the regular. 

Andréa loves nudes from their signature O by nailsaloon line of varied skin-toned colors, while Claudia prefers short, dark nails, especially from their “almost black” palette.

When at the nailsaloon, their drinks of choice give a nod to their South American homelands. Claudia, who is from Argentina, loves herbal tea while Andréa, from Brazil, sticks to coffee every time she sits to get her nails done.

 
 

our CAUSES

 

We believe in strong women, strong men… and naturally, in strong nails. But our biggest belief is in strong communities.

In that spirit, we concentrate our giving in support of two organizations that promote community empowerment.

 
 
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DC Coalition for the Homeless

The DC Coalition for the Homeless assists local individuals and families, who have become homeless, to fulfill their potential for economic self-sufficiency. If you want to join us at the Coalition's Annual Fundraising Gala (our whole team attends!), reach out and ask them how you can #stepoutwiththesaloon, and join us for a night of dancing for a good cause!

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MentorPrize

 

MentorPrize is a connector that recruits mentors and matches them with Washington, DC, area mentees — from at-risk youth to teen parents — to help build rewarding connections. If you want to become a mentor, tell them the nailsaloon sent you… and ask them about #manisandmentoring, to see if you (and your mentee) can earn a mani, on us!