By Sara Grace C. Fojas
Images by Manny Llanes
Video by John Alvin Veri and Juan Carlo Villanueva
As a working independent woman, you may never have enough time on your hands. Aside from your work, you have chores to do, friends to meet, and family to visit that you couldn’t find even an hour for yourself and, if you do, you spend it usually catching up on sleep. Your beauty isn’t just on the top of your priorities right now, even though you want it to be, because how can you go to the beauty salon when you barely have time to breathe?
Salon on wheels
Worry no more: If you have no time to drop by a salon for a mani-pedi session, let the salon come to you. A pampering session can be delivered right outside your house or your office aboard Luxury on Wheels. Just call and book an appointment.
But the newest beauty solution requires just a good parking space.
The mobile nail salon by Veronica Resurrecion or Nica, owner and CEO of Extraordinail Salon and Skin Care, is a new way of achieving your picture-perfect and party-ready nails. On offer on the luxury bus are professional manicures, pedicures, and gels.
This chic coach bus is especially designed for busy people who do not have extra time in their day to drive a nail salon. It offers complete mani/pedi services in a customized modern interior. Clients are serviced by experienced and professional staff in an air-conditioned environment that has a high-definition TV and a high-quality sound system. If you really can’t get away from work, you can bring your laptop with you and work using the bus’ Wi-Fi connection.
The ultra-comfortable mobile bus can accommodate five clients at a time and clients can stretch out in its plush reclining chairs and may request for neck massagers. It also offers wine and choices of snacks, along with options for heavier meals such as pasta and sandwiches upon request.
Veronica Resureccion, CEO and owner of Extraordinail Salon and Skin Care
The many offerings of Luxury on Wheels consists of mani-pedi, food, and entertainment.
Luxury on Wheels on Muralla Street in Intramuros
The colorful gels and nail polish of the nail salon
Comfy and Chic
The idea of this nail salon on a bus came from Nica’s own experience when she had a mani-pedi home service and her wedding ring was stolen from her. When she asked that it be returned to her, what she got was a pawnshop receipt. Because of this, she decided to convert a 32-seater bus to a nail salon and CCTV cameras are installed inside the bus to ensure everyone’s safety.
“Instead of home service where you let the nail technician in your house, clients are pampered inside the bus. Security is very important to us that is why I came up with this idea,” says Veronica.
To ensure that her beauty and nail specialists are always in their element as they work on clients, they are given specific tasks. “I have someone who does all the cleaning, someone to put in the extensions, and then someone else who specializes in the nail art. This way, the staff who creates the art is not tired from working on the nail basics and is therefore more creative,” she says.
Her staff undergoes comprehensive training for six months at the head office before they work for the guests. “They also constantly receive updates when we have new products. This helps professionalize our organization and it ensures that our service quality is always excellent.”
Or you can throw a party…
One great way to de-stress is to have a pampering session with your girl friends or your daughters. If you are in a party mood, book the bus for a spa party, for birthday celebrations, or bridal showers.
Booking fees include R1,500 for home service with a minimum of P2,000 for nail services.
“Each seat has a table, plus on the bus there is a microwave, and a mini-refrigerator filled with goodies. If the customers are going to have a party, they just have to give us notice in case they want us to provide the sandwiches and the pizza,” says Nica.
Unlike other salons with cookie-cutter designs, her nail artists encourage clients to have their own unique designs. “They might come in with pictures of what they want, but my beauty and nail specialists would help them build on that design to come up with something that is their own,” says Nica. “We tell them if the color of their choice or the design won’t look good on them and we suggest what we think is better. In the end, it is still their decision. What’s important to us is that they are happy with the design.” She enumerates the factors that can make each pair of hands unique—color, texture, and even the use of special polishes that glow in the dark, or change color depending on the temperature. Some designs can even incorporate Swarovski crystals for some extra dazzle.
Another difference is the extra attention that Nica pays to feedback. She has a phone that is solely dedicated to customer queries, complaints, or positive comments. “I make sure to address each and every one,” she adds.
Recently, the bus docked in Makati and they really had a good turnout of walk-in clients. Nica hopes to extend the reach of the bus and bring it to locations outside Manila.
“We also want to dock in the provinces like in Cebu and Laguna. We are also open for franchise in Pampanga, Clark. Laguna, Tagaytay, and Cebu,” she ends.
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