Just as hair styles change with every season, so do fingernails and the ways we primp and polish them.
Salon Source 2000 owner Lisa McClellan said the nail business, much like the hair business, is ever-changing and has morphed from a simple buff and polish to a whole spa experience.
"A regular manicure consists of taking nail polish off, filing nails into a desired shape and addressing the cuticles. And then just a choice of polish after you buff the nails," McClellan said.
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Lisa McClellan, the owner of Salon Source 2000, sits behind the manicure table. The salon, 458 W. Market St., offers a variety of nail products, including OPI products.
As manicures increased in popularity, more services were added. Manicurists began to offer an exfoliating scrub along with a hand and arm massage McClellan said is essential to each manicure. Products for age spots and sun spots also were introduced.
"All manicures have always had a hand and arm massage," she said. "That's what you learn in school, that's what you're taught and that's how it's done."
McClellan, a full-time hair stylist who has owned Salon Source 2000 for 14 years, said another recent addition to the market is shellac nail polish. She said her salon was one of the first in the area to offer the innovative nail polish.
"It's chip-free color wear that applies like a polish and is cured between each coat," she said. "The cool thing about it is it can last up to 14 days and the polish stays shiny the whole time."
A manicure utilizing shellac nail polish consists of a base coat, two color coats and a top coat. A ultra-violet lamp is used to treat each coat.
Shellac nail polish is great for those wanting to veer away from artificial nails, McClellan said, and a lot of her shellac customers are former wearers of artificial nails.
"When you take artificial nails off, the nails are soft and weak. Shellac is a really great way to get the nails back in shape," she said. "It protects the nails as they grow out and they're in a more healthy state."
McClellan said the salon also offers regular nail polish, but once customers find out about shellac, it often becomes their polish of choice.
"Why wouldn't you have a manicure that's going to last 14 days versus maybe a week?" she said.
Recently, nail art called Design FX has hit the shelves of Salon Source 2000.
"Nail art has become a huge thing," she said.
Different designs can be purchased, and for longevity, they are cured onto the nail with the same technology used for shellac manicures.
Nail Envy, a product used to help grow nails, also is popular at the salon.
McClellan said May through October is a busy time for manicures, and many customers purchase them for special occasions such as weddings and proms.
"Manicures are always good for special occasions," she said. "Brides and bridesmaids do those, or someone leaving for vacation."
One customer, Punita Kothari, has been going to Salon Source 2000 for two years to receive manicures.
"She puts her heart into it. She does a good job," Kothari said of McClellan.
Kothari, a pathologist at Mercy Tiffin Hospital, said McClellan offers the newest products on the market and always is nice and talkative when she visits the salon.
Nearly all of her customers are women, but men also benefit from manicures, McClellan said.
"Manicures aren't just for women. In any other country or a big city, men always get manicures because it's for the health of their nails," she said. "When you have a manicure, you have someone else addressing the way your hands look and feel."
Manicurists can shape nails, properly trim cuticles and make sure the skin around the nail bed isn't dry or cracked. The hand and arm massage also offers its own benefits.
"It just feels good to have someone else touch you and do that," she said. "I'm also relaxing them. Sometimes this is the only relaxation station they come to."
McClellan said the salon has been busy with manicure and hair appointments, and it is currently looking to hire independent contractors to offer nail and hair services.
Check out Salon Source 2000 on Facebook or call the salon at (419) 447-2030.