LIMA — Within the last several years, Nina AnhThu Nguyen has taken her nail salon to the next level by adding more services.
When Nguyen moved from Vietnam to California in 1995, she earned a nail technician license and began working for one of her aunt’s nail salons part-time, a job she grew to love.
Even after earning her bachelor of science degree in business administration at Franklin University in 2006, she knew her true passion was furthering her career as a nail technician.
“I love my job as a nail technician, and I love giving manicures and working with people,” said Nguyen. “I love people, so I found a niche. I knew that after you have more knowledge, you’ll have more confidence and you’ll find your voice.”
In 2012, Nguyen decided to open A Nail Spa on 2314 Harding Highway.
Since 2012, she has offered services like manicures, pedicures, facials, eyebrow shaping and waxes, and eyelash extension services. But in 2013, when she lost her eyebrows, she decided to expand her services.
“I went to California to get my eyebrows done and when I came back to work everyone asked, ‘What did you do?’ and I told them that I got my eyebrows done,” said Nguyen. “They said, ‘Wow, Nina, you look different and prettier,’ and they encouraged me to learn to do it because there was no service like that in Lima.”
In 2015 she went back to California for an eyebrow training and when she returned to Lima she began her new service which attracted people in their 60s, 70s and 80s.
To attract the younger crowd she went to the Phi Academy, a national beauty school in Vienna to learn PhiLings wrinkle removal, PhiRemoval tattoo removal, PhiContour eyeliner and PhiBrows microblading services.
“Microblading is a new way to do eyebrows,” said Nguyen. “It’s the technique of semi-permanent make-up that draws the eyebrows with hyper-realistic results in which the shape of the eyebrow is calculated according to the morphology of your face and golden number.”
PhiBrows is the most popular of the Phi services at A Nail Spa, according to Nguyen. She has already completed microblading services for 800 people.
“This is the most natural way to change your image to make you beautiful and younger again.”
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