By MAIRE O’NEILL
Almost a year ago, Galaxy Nails and Spa opened for business in Los Alamos offering manicures, pedicures and massages. Now, John Hiep Dinh and Helen Huyen Nguyen, owners and operators of the salon, have added facials to their list of services.
Natives of South Vietnam, they moved to Los Alamos from Carlsbad along with their four-year-old son, Paul.
“After working in other salons for several years, we recognized that we had enough experience and technique to manage our own salon,” Nguyen said.
A newspaper advertisement prompted the couple to head for Los Alamos where they have found the market to be slightly different to other places.
“Customers here are very time-conscious. While we accept walk-ins, 80 to 85 percent of our clients want to make appointments. We try to schedule people so that they can get in and out on time,” Nguyen said.
Hygiene is a priority at Galaxy and staff pointed out that sink liners are changed after each client. Instruments are soaked in a disinfecting solution for 30 minutes, then washed and placed under a UV light for sterilization.
Many people are surprised when they first visit Galaxy at the variety of services they offer and while summertime is considered the prime time for manicures and pedicures, wintertime gives Dinh, Nguyen, and their staff an opportunity to pamper and spoil clients with lotions, warm oils, sugar scrubs, marine mineral masks, oxygen infusion, galvanic treatments and anti-aging proton therapy.
The atmosphere at Galaxy is professional, relaxed and inviting. One third time customer, there for a pedicure, said she always has a good time. “I have a good time here, relaxing and chatting with other people, and they do a really good job,” she said.
Galaxy services include: Royal facials, acne treatment/therapy,waxing, foot massage, body massage, gel nails, acrylic nails, as well as regular manicures and pedicures. For more information, call 505.412.5250.