Kellie Nguyen of Elegant Nails has a passion for what she does and for making her clients feel good. “I have to see them leave with a smile on their face and I have to make them happy, even if I have to re-do their nails!” Not that re-doing nails happens very often, for Kellie is already well known for her creativity and skill which draw many customers from outside Reigate for the latest ‘Nail Art’ trend. “They come with their phones out to show me what they want, and I love it. The more intricate and difficult the better – I like a challenge to extend what I can do, and I love finding new techniques and products.”
Her current favourites are high-end coloured acrylics, chromes and intriguing, one-off detailed designs painted on with delicate brushwork. A flick through the Elegant Nails Instagram account shows a positive bouquet of fabulous pastels, neon leopard skin, pink and caramel camouflage, and delightfully delicate daisies against sunshine yellow gloss: all minature works of art.
But this is no one-trick-pony salon: Kellie and her team of two (both called Tony, one is her partner) also perform slick and chic classic manicures for those whose lifestyle demands more convention. For your visit, expect small, cosy and friendly; somewhere to have a chat, relax, and enjoy the experience.
Kellie’s siblings are also both nail artists, running salons in Kent and Essex, so when Kellie visited Reigate to check out a salon a friend was selling, she knew it was perfect for the next family venture. “The people are lovely and the atmosphere is very different from London: much more friendly and not nearly as stressed.” Despite currently still living in London, Kellie is very much considering moving down, and not only because it would cut the hour-long commute: “It’s a great place to raise a family. I’m only young and I can see it happening!”
6 Treehaven Parade
Reigate RH2 7LL