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Small Business Snapshot: El Salonsito by Ami Vega

Small Business Snapshot: El Salonsito by Ami Vega Credit: Ami Vega

Company name: El Salonsito
Website: www.elsalonsito.com
Founded when: 2011

Celebrity manicurist and nail artist Ami Vega shared the story behind her business, El Salonsito, where she creates unique nail art for women.

This photo is one of the best examples of what I am known for — my ability to replicate, and create, art of all sorts on nails. I’ve created a variety of nail art masterpieces and have recently published a book, "Designer Nails" (Perigee/Penguin, 2015) to help others create art on their nails. El Salonsito is my platform to display my work and love for polish. It’s also the name behind my salon services. I have a variety of clients, from the everyday working woman to celebrities.

I have always been into the arts, spending most of my life in art school. In 2011, I decided to start an art blog to share my love for polish and nail art. I partnered up with my brother Gabe Vega, and he started connecting me to brands like Essie, Maybelline and Revlon. The following year I went to nail school to get licensed, and in 2013 I signed on with a talent agency in New York City. Since then, I’ve worked with numerous companies, magazines, and celebrities.

One of the difficulties I face is the shift of trends in the fashion world. Although nail art has not completely disappeared, its popularity has shifted a bit. So one thing I have to maintain is relevance. I have to forever educate myself on what's new and trending.

From a distance my job may seem like a vain one, but I see it as an opportunity to help people express themselves. I help people celebrate everything from nuptials to birthdays and even to remember the lives of lost loved ones, all through the nail art I create for my clients. Nail art is a beautiful way of self-expression, and it brings me great joy to provide that for my clients.

Brittney Helmrich
Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.