By Janet Stoica
Queen’s Nail Salon in Webster, located in the plaza behind Friendly’s, has new owners: Helen Nguyen and her dad bought the place as their first opportunity at shop ownership after working as employees in nail salons in Holden and Northborough. Helen’s brother, Sam, is their spokesperson.
Sam’s well-spoken manner and eager-to-please personality come through. “We purchased Queen’s Nails about a month ago,” he said, “and we’re very happy to be here in Webster. When this shop became available, we realized it was the opportunity we were looking for to buy our own place. It’s worked out well and we’ve developed a nice customer base.”
A beautiful Buddha statue greets you as you enter the shop and a customer soon realizes that the statue is not only for show but demonstrates a pose of protectiveness. Offerings placed at the feet of the statue include mangoes, a fresh pineapple, teacups, a green plant, and a box of Townhouse crackers. A light and soothing aroma of incense wafts its way through the shop.
Queen’s Nails features six very large maroon-colored pedicure chairs. Two sisters were enjoying their foot baths and pedicures when we visited. Two other customers were in the middle of manicures.
The latest renaissance in nail applications is the Acrylic Dip System, a dipping nail procedure that’s been in use since the 1980s, and also the most expensive. “The benefits are that we feel it’s healthier than artificial nails,” says Sam. “We’re trying to get away from the odor of straight acrylics. This is friendlier to the environment and it’s not as harmful to the skin surrounding the nails. It’s non-yellowing and better at being chip-resistant. It also air dries much faster.”
The Dip System is $10 more than their usual manicure prices, but Sam states that it will also last longer. The procedure involves first having your nails filed and buffed. Then a base coat is applied, after which each nail is dipped into a powder. The process is repeated a few times and then the rough, powdery layers are transformed into a smooth and glossy finish with a final sealant application. It seems like a nice way to move away from artificial nails and Sam says that customers’ nails seem to grow more quickly with this procedure.
“We also do French manicures,” Sam added. “Many of our customers like the look of the crisp white tips. We also try to give our customers our best effort. They come here to relax, and we do our best to keep a clean environment.”
Queen’s Nails is not for women only. “Some of our customers are older men who enjoy having their feet soaked and then getting a nice pedicure. Some also enjoy a man’s manicure where we’ll buff and file their nails and apply a clear coat of polish,” he says.
Queen’s Nails is at 129 East Main Street Plaza in Webster. Phone 508- 943-8867. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.