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NAILPRO-file Featuring: Yukie Beauty Spa!
Welcome to our new feature "NAILPRO-file" where we highlight neighborhood nail salons and their owners from around the country and around the globe!
This week's salon is in New York City.
Meet owner Yukie Natori of Yukie Beauty Spa!
Salon Name: Yukie Beauty Spa
Salon Open Since: 2012
Salon Address: 40 East 58th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022
Salon Phone: 212-810-6900
Salon Website: www.beauty-ny.com
Tell us how you decided to open your own salon.
I am a beautician (both hair & nails) and have owned and operated Empire New York Nail School in Tokyo for fifteen years. Because this nail school was the Japanese division of America’s largest beauty school, I was constantly splitting my time between Japan and New York in order for my students to study abroad. I, along with my Japanese students, have always wanted to open a nail salon in New York that combines the Japanese art style with American taste. That was always our dream. By chance, a boutique owner we knew offered us the chance to collaborate with the boutique and open a total beauty salon. This opportunity led to us opening the 3000 square foot “Spa Martier” on 2nd Avenue.
Two years ago, we made the decision to bring the nail services from this spa to a more convenient location. Because this was a new opportunity for me to utilize my beauty industry knowledge, I didn’t hesitate to open a second location. The passion that my students have for nails always pushes me to experience new things, and take on new challenges.
What sets you apart from other salons in your area?
I always strive to take care of my clients' "time." Because I want them to relax without worrying about the time, I aim for a quiet, slow atmosphere. And more than anything, clients' nails are their treasure. Using only the highest quality, cutting-edge products at a reasonable price is very important to me.
Managing and maintaining staff skill levels is also a high priority for me. They study over 200 hours of manicure and pedicure techniques, and over 300 hours of nail art techniques, and are always studying new methods. I'd love for people to experience their techinques.