We had the good fortune of connecting with Rose Hackle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rose, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
my thought process behind starting my business stemmed from my own personal experiences in nail salons and how badly i wanted there to be a great nail experience for people like me. I’d had countless unpleasant experiences in nail salons ranging from situations as simple as a bad paint job, to contracting a nail fungus, to being racially profiled and yelled at. As a queer black woman my experiences in nail salons were never what was advertised or promised and I always found myself over-tipping on bad services in hopes they would treat me differently on my return. After so many years of putting money into an industry that never showed me appreciation or even baseline quality service half the time, I decided I could and would cultivate a salon with good vibes and top quality nail services with a focus towards people of color and the LGBTQIA community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
i believe what sets me apart from other nail techs is my dedication to good vibes and healthy nails no matter the service. People want to have a good time when they get their nails done. At the very least they want to relax. Life can be stressful, work is a constant hustle in LA, and most of us don’t get to treat ourselves as much as we deserve. I love my chair to be the place they can take a load off, spill some tea, maybe even shed a tear, and wash it all back with a bubbly beverage. 😉 Aside from a good vibe, ‘the girls’ want beautiful nails and the peace of mind that their natural nails are doing well underneath. I mean, Healthy natural nails are truly a flex. I’m sure we all learned that during the pandemic when everyone had to come out of their artificial services. My clients love knowing that I have helped them regain the health of their natural nail and they can flex them whenever they desire. The vibe I create while I work and my dedication to maintaining healthy nails for my clients is not very common and is much appreciated in the nail community. The love has been too real and has let me know im doing something right!
When it comes to my professional life I am most proud of my dedication to growth and my unwavering determination to stay true to myself. When it comes to nail art i am forever a student and never want to slow down or feel ive finally arrived. So far, constantly humbling myself has allowed me to grow at a pretty consistent level and I am so very grateful. I’ve been able to grow in nail literacy along with put myself into new spaces with different tiers of clientele all while being 100% myself in every room. Which is how i like my clients to feel in my space. 100% comfortable to be themselves.
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.
oooo this is a goodie. IF i had my bestie in town….i would definitely have to take them to all these places at some point on the trip.
Venice beach for electric scooters and berria tacos
Castaway in Burbank for brunch. Beautiful views, great food, fantastic customer service. Its a must.
The Getty Museum
Jennis ice cream in Larchmont (Brown Butter Almond Brittle, dont sleep)
Santee Alley (fun for shoppin on a budget)
Rodeo Blvd for window shopping and lunch at The Blvd (get the filet, it melts)
Leimert Park on Sunday
The Factory Kitchen for dinner (all time favorite *chefs kiss*)
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (best place to watch a film, trust me on this)
The Gayborhood aka WestHollywood for drinks, dancing, and all things LIT
The culver city stairs (get those hammies right, enjoy the view from the top, and great smoothie trucks at the bottom. also LOTS of eye candy here boys and girls. youre welcome)
ii love to look at, touch, taste, feel and/or listen to art, It’s everywhere and im pretty much down for it all.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am super stocked to have an opportunity to shout out this nail babe. Let me introduce to you, @Kirbee.__, a Chicago native nail technician that molded my idea of what it means to be a great nail tech. I worked along Kirbee for about 7 months in the VERY beginning of my nail career at Trendy Nails in Durham, NC. She taught me the basics of shaping nails to perfection, which I’m now known for, and showed me most of the acrylic nail fundamentals that you need post cosmo school. For those who see no razzle dazzle in this mention, the nail industry is extremely cut throat and some nail techs wont share their iphone charger with you none the less their nail tips and tricks. Kirbee was a blessing to me through more ways than one but more than anything she was a good friend and made me prove to myself that I could do great nails i just had to keep practicing and never forget that what is meant for me will be for me. I wish everyday I had more nail sisters like her.