17 Aug Supporting the Sisterhood – Kiwi Women in Business: The Nail Lounge
As a full-time burlesque performer, there are a huge number of facets to my job. I simply can’t do everything myself, so I regularly outsource some tasks/aspects to experts.
Sometimes we collaborate to create art together, sometimes I commission custom designs, and sometimes I just have a project I need help with. Wherever possible, I like to support local small businesses, and especially my fellow self-employed women. I’ve decided to write a series of blogs introducing some of the amazing Kiwi women that I work with, who help me keep my brand running. Over the next 10 weeks, I will be profiling each of them individually. I look forward to sharing them with you, darlings. I know burlesque is built on a very DIY attitude, but remember, when you support your friends, it means they can afford to live their dream jobs, too!
Debbie Walsh, nail artist
The Nail Lounge
Those of you that know me well will know that I always have beautifully-manicured nails.
Confession time: I used to frequent those terrifying nail “salons” in malls. They were cheap (and when you get your nails done every two weeks, costs add up), and I never had a problem with them, because I would always see the same technician, who was used to me demanding high standards, and who delivered good results.
But I realised that it was time I put my money where my ethics were, and switched to supporting the sisterhood.
On the recommendation of my friend Leda Petit, whose hands I’ve envied for years, I began to visit Debbie at the Nail Lounge. Darlings, I don’t think I can ever go back to mall nails.
Debbie is much more than a nail technician – she’s an artist. What’s more, she genuinely cares about the work she’s doing, and it shows. Recently she did a set of candy-inspired nails for a show I was performing, and I’ve never had so many people comment on my manicure! Debbie’s done nails for most of Auckland’s top burlesque performers: Leda, Lilly Loca, and Miss Anthropy, to name a few.
Based in Queens Arcade in Auckland’s CBD, the Nail Lounge is a beautifully-appointed boutique salon. Debbie uses top-quality products to preserve nail health, and to create strong and beautiful nails. She does a range of styles, from acrylics to Shellac, and can create amazing effects and artwork. While I’m terrible at documenting the nails I choose, there are many examples of Debbie’s creations that you can view online.
Come back next week to meet an internationally-published photographer who splits her time between New Zealand and the United Kingdom.