We had the good fortune of connecting with Ravit Reitman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ravit, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in Israel. As a kid I was always into drawing and dancing, the aesthetic aspect of anything drew me in. Whether it was in movement or on a piece of paper, it made me feel confident and comfortable, it was a safe place for me.

After serving in the Israeli army for 2 years I wanted to pursue a career in the makeup industry.

I took a TV and film makeup course.
Shortly after, my husband (then, still my boyfriend) received an offer to move to Austria and work for the airlines.
I moved with him and started working at the airport as well while hoping to continue establishing myself as a makeup artist.

Learning a new language was difficult and I couldn’t find myself conquering the makeup world as I was hoping for.

I did have a couple of make up sessions with a photographer. I remember the stress I felt, and I think it was right after that, that I’ve questioned my ability to sustain the stressful life as a makeup artist in the fashion world.

So I continued working at the airport for almost 7 years.

In 1998 my husband and I had the opportunity to move to LA. My husband pursued his hotel industry career, and I begin working in retail. At the same time I was still yearning for an outlet for my creative and aesthetic side.

In 2011, 3 years after my son was born, I decided to take a nail technician/ manicurist course. I was confident that I could apply my aesthetic and skill towards nails and at the same time leverage this exposure and dive back into the makeup/ beauty business.

I started working at a small Spa in Studio City as a nail artist. In 2019 just a few months before the pandemic, I decided that I am ready to be my own boss and open my own Studio.

I’ve taken a few extended nail classes that focused on the technique that I use today.

I believe that my natural instincts for aesthetics since I was a kid growing up, the three continents that I’ve lived in and my gene’s brought me to were I am today.

I love working on a new set of canvas, wether it’s nails, face or my studio.
I feel accomplished and content doing what I love every day.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my work I use the European manicure technique. People may have heard about this technique as strengthening manicure, structured manicure, Russian manicure or e-file manicure.

All different names but boils down to one technique that uses an electric file and a set of different head bits to clean the cuticle area as well as the surrounding skin while using the electric file.

It’s the fundamental of nail preparation when working with gel. The ideal surface to work on the nail is when it’s completely clean of any cuticles or skin that hang around the nail.

This preparation can take an hour on its own, but it’s necessary in order to enjoy a longer wear of the gel manicure.
Typically this type of manicure lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks depending on lifestyle and nail growth.

My nail art is very clean and simple. It’s modern and I use mainly stamping art to showcase my mid century art.

I fell in love with this technique for two reasons. One it’s fast. Second It tells a story.

I always tell my new clients that my number one priority is to keep and/or improve the integrity of their nails. Nail art is secondary.

Ultimately trends come and go, but for me the aesthetics and the quality of the work is what really counts.

Clean cuticles and a meticulous application of gel polish is my high priority!
The art is only a vessel to showcase the beautiful nails that speak for themselves.

I only use high quality gels and clean skin care.

Quality vs quantity that’s my moto!
You get what you pay for!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We like the east side of the city. Highland park, Eco park, silver lake, frog town.We love the small galleries,restaurants, mom and pop stores.

We would start the day with a hike around the Hollywood reservoir or by Eco park lake. Then head over to York Ave in Highland Park for some shopping. Stop for lunch at Joy on York for some Taiwanese noodles or st Mason’s dumplings for some of the best hand made dumplings.
Then we would probably end up having some cocktails at Salazar I’m Frogtown by the LA river.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my mom (RIP) who had a really hard time releasing me to go with my then boyfriend to another country. As a mom now I know how hard it must have been for her to let me go.
I want to thank my husband who always stood by me and provided me with all that I needed to pursue my career.
I want to thank my son for putting up with mom working on weekends.
I want to thank Katerina from Moka nail club who taught me what I know today, and still to this day supports me.
And lastly my amazing clients that keep supporting my small business and putting up with my attention to details.

Website: https://ravitdoesnails.godaddysites.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CkGwM02P7w4/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ravit67

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