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Why did I open a natural nail salon?

By Trang Martin

After spending 36 years as a professional in the corporate world, it was time to retire from a life of meetings, business trips, and early morning conference calls. My career led me to live across the world, having spent over 23 years living overseas. The job took me to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and lastly Switzerland, before I finally returned to Houston and retired in Fulshear. All that time, in all the places I lived, and all the places I travelled—I never found a nail salon that met my standards.

Given the history of heart disease and diabetes in my family (I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies) and the fact that I am terrified of both needles and hospitals, I have always tried to lead a healthy life as best I can. This focus on healthy living also led me to study the ingredient lists of the beauty products I used daily and to seek out natural and organic products. Eventually, I learned to “decode” labels, which helped me decide whether certain ingredients were ones I wanted to put on my skin, and taught me that a healthy lifestyle meant more than just what you put in your body, but also what you put on your body.

So as retirement from the corporate world approached, I started to think, “Why don’t I start the natural nail salon that I’ve always wanted to find?” One that has natural and organic products, friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable staff, and a calming and relaxing atmosphere. And that’s when the idea for LAVO was born.

I asked my son, Daniel, who had recently graduated from business school in New York to help me launch the business and together, we built LAVO natural nails into what it is today.

We’re proud to carry healthier beauty products in our salon—ones that are free of harmful chemicals, such as parabens, sulfates, and formaldehyde. We’re also committed to offering healthier nail polish, which is why we offer a huge selection of 3-free, 5-free, 7-free, and 10-free nail polish at no additional charge. These nail polishes are free of toxic and harmful chemicals found in traditional nail polish.

Beyond using award-winning natural products in our salon, we also do not offer acrylic or dipping powder services in order to maintain a toxic-free environment for our customers and staff. That’s why you’ll never find any of those toxic fumes or odors at LAVO, which are commonly found in other nail salons.

To those of you who are reading who are regular customers, we can’t wait to see you again at LAVO soon! And to those who haven’t given us a try yet, we warmly invite you to come check us out! To make an appointment, just give us a call at 281-346-8636 and we look forward to seeing you at LAVO!

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