April 2019

Nail Talk & Polished Spa: Beautiful, Healthy Nails Start Here

Author: Linda S. Hopkins

With a nail salon on almost every corner, it can be difficult to sort the good from the best. Any salon may be able to get the job done, but Nail Talk & Polished Spa, conveniently located mid-island in South Island Square, is raising the bar.

On a recent visit, I had the privilege of talking to new owners, husband and wife team Eric and Quin Chu, about their goal to take local nail services to a new level. They are doing so in three ways: by promoting healthy nails with high quality products and a pristinely clean environment; providing new techniques and strategic consulting for the best nail care service; and focusing on massage skills and providing unrushed services for a more relaxing experience.

Eric Chu, a former mathematics instructor from Vietnam, started his nail career in Dallas, Texas, where he trained. With five years of local experience under his belt, he now owns his salon where he is making it his business to correct problems he has seen within the industry.

His primary focus is the health of the nail. “We will use high quality products to apply on your nails, and we always consult the customer about what is good for their nails. Every customer has a different nail bed, and my work is to know which service is good for them—even what color will look pretty with their skin tone and which one will not. Here, we don’t try to upsell,” he said. “We will be honest.”

Honesty sometimes means treating a problem instead of covering it up. When the condition of the nail is compromised, Chu recommends applying pure vitamin E and DIY olive oil to the nail and soaking in vinegar 15 minutes a day. “It’s very healthy for your nails; if someone doesn’t have time to buy it, I’ll give them a small bottle,” he said.

Customers are gravitating to gel and dipping powder manicures for long-wearing results, and the Chus and their team are experts in the use of the most up-to-date products. These are perfectly safe and healthy options that will not damage nails, Chu said. Damage occurs when nail technicians rush customers in and out, filing too much, he explained. “You have to have very good skills to feel when to stop. At some salons, they get in a hurry so they can do more customers. Here, we don’t do that. We take good care of customers.”

Cleanliness is also a top priority at Nail Talk & Polished Spa. Pedicure bowls are sanitized, a new, disposable liner put in place for every service, and a one-use pedicure kit opened for each customer, ensuring your health and safety. Whether you are seeking a natural look or something dramatic, all services are exquisitely performed to your specifications, and customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

“We pride ourselves on putting our customers first. If they walk in, we tell them the truth about waiting time. If they don’t have time to wait, I will ask them to make an appointment or show them the nearest salon,” Chu said. “They will come back.”

Eric and Quin love the beaches and people on Hilton Head Island. “Most of my local customers are not only my customers but also my friends now,” Chu said. “Quin sometimes makes Vietnamese food for them; she loves to share her food with everyone. I feel very happy to have a business on Hilton Head and be a part of this community.”

Nail Talk & Polished Spa offers a variety of nail enhancements and luxury add-ons in a sophisticated, modern, clean environment and at a reasonable price. Eric and Quin invite you to experience the difference at a salon where you can relax, knowing that your nails are in good hands.

Nail Talk & Polished Spa is located at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square on Hilton Head Island. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are recommended. For a list of services and more information, visit www.nailtalkandpolishedspa.com or call (843) 681-2818.

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