How the trio behind The Nail Studio have built a business they love, serving a community they consider family

For Julie Johnson, April Smiley and Siswan Tuladhar, opening their own nail salon was a dream come true. After working together for over six years at Essentiels Spa in Boulder, the three women decided to pour their passion and expertise into opening their own space, aptly named The Nail Studio. The open, airy salon boasts large front windows that capitalize on the beautiful Boulder sunshine and a modern-contemporary style that lends the space a soothing, comfortable ambiance.

One of The Nail Studio’s prerogatives is to provide their clients with a highly relaxing service, one that utilizes only the highest quality products. With this in mind, the three women chose to open their new studio in Boulder, partly because they’d already established a client base, but also because they knew that Boulderites would truly appreciate their atmosphere and their commitment to providing a top-notch experience.

The studio, which celebrates ten years in July, has grown and changed a great deal over the years. After five years in their first location, the three owners moved to their current location on Canyon Boulevard, which has just undergone a stunning revamp. In addition, they’ve expanded their menu dramatically, moving from a nails-only salon into the world of skin care, offering facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and peels. To accommodate their growth, their staff has blossomed from just the three owners to eight total nail technicians and estheticians, plus a few fantastic receptionists.

There are a number of things that set The Nail Studio apart from the average nail salon: each of its three owners have over 20 years of experience doing nails, and as Smiley, Johnson, and Tuladhar proudly explain, many of their clients have become like family.

Given their combined 60 years of experience, the ladies of The Nail Studio have an unrivaled understanding of trends: for spring and summer 2018, neutral, pinkish-white shades like OPI’s Lisbon Wants Moor are popular for fingernails, while corals and oranges — perfectly blended in OPI’s Red-Vival City polish — are in for toes. The Nail Studio recommends completing the look with “a party toe” — one nail painted a complementary color — in a sea-foam green shade, like OPI’s Closer Than You Might Belem.

Looking forward, Smiley, Johnson, and Tuladhar aren’t seeking dramatic growth, or change. They’ve established a thriving business serving clients they consider family, alongside a group of women that have become their closest friends. They consider themselves incredibly lucky to have come so far and simply hope to continue doing what they love — and loving what they do — in the years to come.

Spring + Summer 2018 Trend Report

Tickled Pink: Pinkish-white shades are in.

Pictured here: OPI’s Lisbon Wants Moor