Working With Nails in Their Natural State

Jun 28, 2018

Meet Emily Shipp, our Natural Nail Specialist at The Still Point at Haven on the Lake! Born and raised not two miles away in Columbia, Maryland, she has been with us since the opening of Haven on the Lake in December 2014.

Emily went to Wilde Lake High School and studied Psychology at Howard Community College before attending Empire Beauty School in Owings Mills and getting her Cosmetology license in 2012. Check out our interview with her about her fabulous nails below.

Q: What does “Natural Nails” mean and what drew you to this field?

Being a Natural Nail Specialist just means that I don’t work with any artificial nail products, such as acrylic, hard gel, SNS or gel polish. I was always drawn to nail art and nail care, but what drew me specifically to natural nails was the challenge. When you’re working with the nail in its natural state, you have to be on top of your game, because you won’t be able to hide any flaws or smooth the nail out later with a thick product like acrylic. It’s also nice not to be inhaling the fumes and acrylic dust from those types of products every day.

Q: What types of offerings do you provide? Do you have a personal favorite?

I provide two levels of manicure and pedicure: Renew and Rejuvenate. My favorite is probably the Rejuvenate pedicure. There’s something oddly satisfying about the process of cuticle and dead skin removal through buffing and exfoliation. I love the instant gratification of seeing the difference I can make in one hour. The algae foot mask also smells really nice!

I also really love the look of negative space designs (this is when you create a design by leaving a section or sections of the nail unpolished), but I don’t get to do them very often! I love the way this method offers a flirty pop of color, but still shows off the beauty of the smooth, natural nail underneath.

Q: Any interesting client stories?

I have tons of stories! Being in this business, you become a third party observer to a lot of people’s lives. You’re often treated as a therapist, or an objective third party, since you usually don’t know any of the other players in your client’s life, which makes them feel very comfortable opening up to you. It’s a really unique vantage point from which to watch people grow and change.

I have one client who came to me to get her nails done for her wedding, and the last time I saw her was to do her nails for her baby shower. It’s always an honor to be able to be there for someone when they’re celebrating milestones like weddings, baby showers, and birthdays.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at The Still Point?

It’s a privilege to be able to work with such a strong team of practitioners. The beauty and spa industry can be filled with a lot of strong personalities, so it’s really nice to work in a place where we all get along and support each other. I have never worked with a team of more caring, compassionate, thoughtful, and considerate individuals.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

Don’t be afraid to get pedicures all year ‘round. Your nails don’t need to “breathe” — they’re dead! And for a longer lasting manicure, remember that water is your enemy, and cuticle oil is your best friend. Jojoba oil with a little Vitamin E is my favorite! Natasha Lee (my favorite nail guru on the internet, an absolutely brilliant nail tech, and an all-around really lovely woman) has a great tutorial to make your own nail oil here!

Book a manicure or pedicure with Emily at Haven on the Lake today!

  1. Ann Slattery

    June 30th, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Emily, see you 8/24 Ann 🙂 for renew pedi.

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