Talking Business: New Longview Nail Salon Offers Alternatives to Acrylic Nails | Local company

Minh Le is a second-generation nail technician who opened his first salon in January in Longview to bring his industry knowledge to an area where his expertise would be appreciated.

“Longview looks like a beauty town,” the Amboy resident said. “It seems like everyone gets their hair and nails done in this town.”

Apex Nails and Spa is the 5,000 square foot building with large windows on Washington Way near The Office 842. Inside the white, well-lit salon is a modern, minimalist setting for appointments, appointments stand up and groups to receive a day of pampering, Minh said.

“We try to keep it modern, but minimal,” said Minh, 31.

The salon’s nine employees offer manicures, pedicures, waxing and haircuts. The building houses 20 pedicure chairs and 18 manicure tables, but is spaced out so customers “never feel too crowded,” Minh said.

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Private pedicure rooms are available for multiple guests, and those receiving services longer than an hour may receive a 6-ounce glass of wine or an 8-ounce beer.

Hair removal options offered at the salon include services for the nose, ears, lips, chin, eyebrows, toes, feet, and back.

Manicure options

Clients can opt for 30-minute, 45-minute, or one-hour pedicures, which range from $40 to $60. A classic manicure starts at $30, while gel and acrylic manicures cost more.

Apex Nails and Spa offers alternatives to acrylic manicures, a popular way to add artificial extensions to real nails. Alternatives may look more natural because they’re thinner and may damage natural nails less, Minh said. He said that after people remove acrylic nails, natural nails often look thin.

During Gel-X manicures, technicians paint the extensions with a gel cured under ultraviolet light.

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Jennay Campos, a nail technician at Apex Nails and Spa, applies a full set of acrylic nails at Renee Samples on April 26 at Longview.

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During powder manicures, technicians cover the nails with a clear liquid and dip them several times in a colored powder.

Minh said powder manicures are safer for people who are allergic to acrylic nail monomer. The Apex website states that dip power can add strength and length to nails.

Minh said the most popular manicure style is a tapered square tip, known as ballerina or coffin nails.

“Shoot to be the best”

The salon is unique in the region, Minh said, because of its commitment to wellness.

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Jars of nail polish picks line the hallways of Apex Nails and Spa on April 26 in Longview.

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Unlike other salons, Minh said the strong toxic smell of nail polish is minimized by a ducted exhaust fan that “continuously removes chemicals from the air” inside the building. Ducts are located on manicure tables.

The salon also offers hundreds of colors in nail polish lines like The Gel Bottle, which is a vegan and cruelty-free brand known for being long-lasting and chip-resistant, Minh said.

Minh said her father owned a nail salon in Maryland and her mother owned a salon in Beaverton, Oregon.

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Minh said he was following in his family’s footsteps and aiming to be at the top of the industry. Like the top of a fingernail – the rounded or pointed tip – Minh reaches the pinnacle of success.

“I always want to shoot to be the best in town and in the nail world,” he said.

Talking Business is a series featuring new or expanded local businesses and print every Tuesday. The series was suspended during the pandemic and recently restarted.

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