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The art of nails

December 15, 1999|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Anna Doan keeps her fingernails short and unpolished.

Doan, 24, of Hagerstown, said it's best with the chemicals she uses in her line of work - creating beautifully painted long nails for her customers.

After renting a nail station in a Hagerstown hair salon for a few months, Doan opened her own nail shop in late September.

Creative Nails, at 1061 Virginia Ave., features five nail stations, a separate drying area and a showcase of nail products.

Doan, who emigrated from Vietnam seven years ago, started doing nails three years ago after meeting her husband, Tommy Huynh.

Huynh, 24, who emigrated from Vietnam eight years ago, was already doing acrylic nails and nail art, she said.

Huynh's art is showcased on several extraordinarily long nails displayed in the small shop along with hundreds of nail polishes in a rainbow of colors.

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The pair work together with two employees, who are relatives, Huynh said.

The shop offers manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, gels, nail art - both airbrushed designs and freehand - and waxing.

Nails are a good business to be in locally, said Doan, who worked in several Tri-State area shops before renting the station in Hagerstown earlier this year.

Acrylic nails and airbrushed nail art are the most popular services, she said.

Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Appointments are accepted, but walk-ins are welcome.

The phone number is 301-733-0710.

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