R Nail Lounge, a hub for nail professionals, recently threw the doors of its revamped academy and store open for business.
R Nail Lounge is the brainchild of Ubaid Dandekar. Founded in 2013, it provides a one-stop-solution to the needs of professional nail artists. Over the years, the brand has turned out to be one of the biggest suppliers of nail art and extension products. It’s products are available across India. Recently, it relaunched its store and The Nail Art School to accommodate the changing demands of its discerning clientele. The new place is spread across 2200 sq ft in the heart of Mumbai at Bandra. It includes the admin office of R Nail Lounge as well.
Under the R Nail Lounge umbrella, Ubaid has developed four brands:
Nails Forever: Nail and Acrylic System and Professional Nail Tips
Love Your Nails: Gel Polish System and Nail Machinery
Glam: Nail Paints, Nail Treatments , Nail accessories , Buffers , Brushes , Tips etc etc.
The Nail Art School: Nails Academy
“We have a distribution channel of 82 distributors across India. And we are currently placed in 250 plus stores. Our focus is on nail education. We believe that if we offer proper education, our brands will find good placements in salons. We did not invent nails, but we reinvented them. Also, all our products are competitively priced,” says Ubaid.
He manufactures nail polishes and gel paints for his brands. Other accessories and machines are imported. “We offer a complete package to anyone who wants to start a nail bar or nail academy or an existing salon that wants to expand into nails. We provide them with everything – from education and management to set-up and products. All technical support and education is provided to salons who buy from us.”
The Nail Art School has a thoroughly researched syllabus and highly qualified trainers. Many corporate and standalone salons in India are associated with it. Dipika Parihar,Education Director of The Nail Art School has conducted trainings for OPI brands too. “We have also collaborated with Aptech, the education partner for Lakme. We are the official vendor for Lakme, Enrich, Bounce, Play, Hairspeak and Bodycraft salons to name a few,” adds Ubaid.
The renovated academy boasts an elegant and minimalist design, which rests on a white and grey colour scheme. Special care was given to the lighting of the place to ensure optimum benefit to the students. Around 60% of the students at The Nail Art School come from salons. They are nail technicians who are looking for upgrading their skills. And 40% are freshers who want to start off in the nail industry. The Nail Art School also has a branch in Pune. The next two academies will open in Kolkata and Bangalore
With the store, academy and back office at one place, R Nail Lounge is an easily accessible hub for nail technicians and nail bar owners.