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Why Are So Many Nail Technicians Vietnamese?

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

Ever wondered who's running those nail salons? Not something you'd casually chat about with your pals, right? Well, buckle up because we're diving into the surprising world of Vietnamese nail salon owners!

So, you type in "nail salon owned by Vietnamese" on Google, and guess what? NPR's got you covered with an article about the 2019 documentary, 'Nailed It.' NPR, always the nail-biter, huh?


Now, here comes the fun part. Over 80% of nail salons in California are in Vietnamese hands. Yup, you heard that right, they've nailed it. Nationally, it's still a strong 50%. Who knew nails and Vietnamese folks were like peanut butter and jelly?


Hold onto your nail files, because the nail salon business is worth a jaw-dropping $8 billion yearly. That's more polish than a car show, seriously. Bet you didn't think nails could be such a cash cow!

But here's where it gets interesting. Tippi Hedren, the lady who dealt with birds going bonkers in Hitchcock's movie, is the secret hero here. She went to a Vietnamese refugee camp 45 years ago near Sacramento, California. Her plan? Teach these ladies new skills. Typists, seamstresses, the whole shebang. But then Thuan Le saw Hedren's nails and thought, "Why not nails?" Tippi made it happen with a local beauty school's support.


Fast forward, these Vietnamese Americans started offering nail services for way less moolah - 30-50% less, to be exact. They aced it with great service and top-notch nails, and bam, they ruled the nail scene. Hollywood, are you listening? This is a blockbuster in the making!

Here's a quirky tidbit: most Vietnamese nail techs send some of their hard-earned dough back to their families in Vietnam. It's like a nail care package across the ocean!


The moral of this glittery tale? In a world as wacky as it is, kindness can spark a movement that changes lives. So, next time you're getting your nails done, remember, there's a whole world of fascinating stories beneath those glossy surfaces. Nail it! 💅😄


Thank you Blossom Nails Spa in Santa Clara County for contents ideas blog.

 

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