Ana Mendez is a nail loyalist. Do her nails right, and she’ll be with you forever.
She had been going to the same salon since high school, even though she had moved and it was a haul. Then, one day in 2018, she walked into a new place that had just opened, Noire Nail Bar, located on S.R. 56 in the Cypress Creek Town Center (near Mellow Mushroom).
She was sold.
“I come in every two weeks,” Ana says, getting her nails done by the same technician, Amy, each time. “She is the only person I let touch my nails.”
What made a loyalist like Ana change shops? Well, other than the location in the heart of the S.R. 56 corridor, which she frequently visits due to the plethora of places to eat, shop and, well, get your nails done, she says Noire Nail Bar has everything she is looking for in a salon.
It’s quiet and serene with an upscale feel, offers a wide variety of services and delivers on what she requires the most — a set of killer nails.
That definitely makes John Nguyen, who owns Noire Nail Bar along with his wife Vanessa, smile.
“If they are happy, they will come back,” Nguyen says. “That’s what we try to do. That’s what separates us from other nail salons.”
Nguyen says the salon’s look and feel are intended to cultivate a calm atmosphere, which you can feel as soon as you step foot in the place. In other nail salons, you may notice the technicians chatting with each other while taking care of their clients. Nguyen says he prefers that they don’t talk amongst themselves, instead focusing their attention on the task, well, at hand.
“I want them to pay attention to the customer,” he says. “People come here to relax, because it’s very quiet.”
Nguyen says he employs 15 technicians or so, and on the weekends, they are all busy.
And, just because Covid is finally in many people’s rear-view mirrors doesn’t mean that the salon is no longer kept sparkling clean. Many of the sanitation procedures that were put in place during the pandemic are still adhered to, and while customers aren’t required to wear masks, the technicians still do.
Most of Noire’s staff is experienced. It’s one of the things that Nguyen values most in his employees, because they know what to expect and familiar faces are always nice for the salon’s returning customers. And, Nguyen says, a good many of his customers do return, like Ana.
“It’s a really nice place, and I like going to places with a great ambiance and this place does,” Ana says. “Sometimes, I even bring my laptop and can get some work done. There are no distractions at all.”
Although they’re not required, Noire encourages appointments to be sure you’re not turned away — especially on weekends.
Once you arrive, you’ll always be offered a complimentary glass of wine, or a soft drink or water with all services. Those services include a wide variety of manicures, pedicures, massages, full sets, dipping powder, nail enhancements, eyelash extensions and face and body waxing.
Noire Nail Bar has a separate area for pedicures, where chairs are grouped together, including facing each other, which is convenient for groups of friends or family, so you can enjoy conversations with each other as opposed to being spread out in a long line. This setup allows small groups to enjoy privacy and intimacy in their time together.
Pedicure stations are lined along the other side of the large salon, and also can accommodate small groups.
The range of different services includes everything from basic manicures and pedicures to the popular Noire Nail Bar Signature Spa Pedicure and Special Care Spa, and everything in between.
Nguyen says the Signature Spa Pedicure is the “ultimate” treat for your feet, with a therapeutic lavender rub that exfoliates dry skin while citrus sugar relieves and moisturizes your tired feet.
That is followed by an extensive moisturizing lotion massage and a hot towel wrap.
Noire’s Special Care Spa also is designed to cater to clients, with an Organic Spa Pedicure and even services for those with special needs, such as the elderly and those with diabetes who may have cracked heels, thick calluses, extra thick or ingrown toenails — anything that requires extra time, attention or precautions.
Prince and Princess manicures and pedicures also are available for kids ages 12 and under.
“We also use only the best products,” Nguyen says, “like O.P.I., DND and others.”
And, if you need a nail design you saw somewhere, or have thought of one yourself, the technicians can meet your desires.
Ultimately, it was one of the biggest reasons why Ana says she changed salons.
“I liked the other place, but if I showed them something new, they couldn’t achieve it,” she says, “and I’m very particular. So now I’m committed here, and I love it.”
Noire also offers all of its services for birthday parties, bridal showers and other events. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your time and services in a space just for you.
Noire Nail Bar offers 10% off all services every Monday through Wednesday, if you use the coupon from the ad on pg. 28 of this issue. A 10% discount also is offered on your birthday, with proper identification proving that it’s your birthday.
Noire Nail Bar is located at 25682 Sierra Center Blvd., Lutz, and is open Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sun. For appointments or for more information or call (813) 536-0161.