Perhaps the best part of the whole experience is the designs. Minx nails are only available in bold colors, like metallic gold and silver, or wild designs, like cheetah print, plaid, or black and white skulls. I picked a metallic gold, knowing this would be a great, but very bold, look for the holiday season!
Since the vinyl-material is heat-activated, it only makes sense that a quick zap of heat is all it takes to fix any edges that might start to curl up post-manicure. TracyLee says that once every other day or so, you will need to use a hair dryer to reactivate the films and press down on the tips of your nails to keep the edges from curling. By doing this, she says, each minx manicure can last anywhere from five days to three weeks.
TracyLee, who has spent the past year specializing in Minx manicures, is no stranger to the nail industry. After receiving her manicuring license in 1989, she opened up her own salon in New Jersey at the age of 22, which she then owned for 13 years. She has always enjoyed experimenting with new techniques and designs, she says, and she is always looking for the next great nail trend.
Working for Damone Roberts New York has brought TracyLee much success in her nail art career. Her clients include celebrities, such as singer Anjulie. She has manicured models for numerous photo shoots, including Lucky Magazine.
Now, after recently meeting with Minx nail executives in Los Angeles, TracyLee says she wants to work with educating people about the nail industry. “So many people have come to accept bad manicures as a normal occurrence,” she says. But there is no reason for shoddy manicures or pedicures and TracyLee wants all people to experience healthy and professional nail treatments.
To remove the nails, all that is needed, again, is a hair dryer. No harsh nail polish remover or messy polish everywhere, thankfully! Just use the hair dryer to loosen the edges of the minx material and, starting at the cuticle, not the tip, gently peel off each nail. But you can also head back to Damone Roberts New York, located at 574 5th Ave, where TracyLee gives her Minx clients a complimentary post-minx experience manicure. Now that is a complete service, if you ask me!
TracyLee warned me that I would get stares and comments from complete strangers wondering about my nails—and she was right! As soon as I left the salon and hopped on the subway, one girl couldn’t stop asking me about my nails. When I told her where she could get her own manicure, she excitedly thanked me for sharing my Minx experience.
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