MANI MONDAYS| Nail Trends & Care Tips With With LACQUER Nail Salon

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Polished nails can really transform your hands, give you confidence, and show off some of your style and personality. Although, sometimes going to the nail salon can be a bit overwhelming with so many colors to choose from. From choosing a nail shape to deciding if you want any nail art- the options are endless!

So, we reached out to LACQUER to see what are some of the nail trends to know about, plus expert nail care tips to help keep our polish lasting longer.

2021 Nail Trends:

  • Bright, bold colors
  • Creative twists on the French manicure
  • Abstract nails
  • Simple designs

Not all nail technicians can perform nail art, it’s important that you book nail art so LACQUER can pair you with an artist and allow for enough time to create the art you want on your nails.

LACQUER is one of the few select salons that offer Ultra polish services from Dazzle Dry – a long wearing, non-toxic and vegan polish developed by a female chemist in the USA. It dries completely in 5 minutes, lasts up to two weeks, and removes like regular polish.

Nail Care Tips:

  1. Use a good cuticle oil daily, like organic Dadi’ Oil 
  2. Cuticle oil daily helps your mani last longer 
  3. Daily cuticle oil also helps new, healthy nail growth when applied to the surrounding skin – nail growth starts under your skin just below the nail bed – using a high-quality oil there ensures healthy, new growth
  4. Remove your polish once it starts chipping – leaving it on for too long can make your nails peel
  5. Don’t go swimming or soak in water for 24 hours after you get a regular polish manicure – it can sometimes slide right off

LACQUER offers services to repair nail damage and can help you nurse your natural nails back to great health. For more details visit their “Repair + Removal” section on their website.


The idea for LACQUER started in 2012 when founder Carla Hatler moved back to Austin from Los Angeles and couldn’t find the perfect nail salon.

“I had trouble finding a great nail salon that I didn’t have to book out weeks in advance. The walk-in salons didn’t feel clean to me, and usually only carried one brand of nail lacquer. I couldn’t believe Austin didn’t have many great nail options, and the wheels starting turning. I did tons of research, interviews with other business owners, and location scouting – a process that took me three years. All the stars aligned and I opened LACQUER Downtown in March 2015, coincidentally during the first week of SXSW, and haven’t looked back. We now have two locations in Austin.”

Carla Hatler, Owner & Founder

As part of her research, Carla also discovered many nail salons and other beauty service providers are often misclassified or treated poorly. She made it her mission to be an ethical salon, providing fair (and legal) pay to all of her staff. All staff members have been classified as employees since LACQUER opened its doors.

Carla grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in the beauty industry, she held various management positions in advertising and specialized in helping launch new brands.

LACQUER first opened in 2015 with the location Downtown at 210 Guadalupe St., and a second location following in 2016 in North Austin near the Domain at 11005 Burnet Rd. LACQUER specializes in soak-less, natural nail care and is a Certified Safe Salon and ethical beauty provider. Appointments can be booked online or via phone at (512) 476-1211.

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