We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelley Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shelley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After graduating during a pandemic I moved back home to Southern California, I always grew up getting my nails done and in high school I was getting a new set every two weeks. Especially because my college job at In-N-Out didn’t allow anything besides natural nails, I knew I needed them back when I moved. But all the salons were closed because of Covid so I starting buying supplies to make press on nails. I started super simple, just painting them, then I began to add designs and people around would take notice and encouraged me to sell them. Then it was non-stop practicing and really crafting what I wanted “Nailed by Shelley” to be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When most people think about nails it’s usually just one color or maybe at most a french tip. When I think about nails I wonder what do I love that I can put in nail form. I feel like nail art is completely endless and that’s what I’d like to think my sets are. They are constantly evolving with whats new and that’s what makes me excited about what I do.
I feel like there are always going to be some sort of challenges to overcome as an artist and business owner. But in the beginning it always feels like such a huge gamble. Like you buy all this supplies and have to just hope you make it back in sales and more. But I’m learning that if the passion and hunger is there those “challenges” become more motivating than anything. When there’s a time where sales are slow and bookings are more minimal it just makes me want to promote myself better and see what changes I can mix in.
I want people to feel confident in each set I provide for them and not only made someone happy but was able to make a connection. Some nail appointments last hours and it’s such a great time to really learn about my clients and vice versa.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In LA, the places to eat and drive to are endless but I was raised in the suburbs of LA county so some of my favorite spots are there! Tijuana Tacos in Pomona, an absolute must and their side table of fix ins to top your tacos is the best!
Cham Sut Gol in Rowland Heights is my go to Korean BBQ spot. A place where their steam egg doesn’t just taste like water and just about everything is to die for!
A go to for happy hours is Fia in Santa Monica. Such amazing expresso martinis and brussel sprouts! Then drive less than 5 minutes to Elephante for pretty views and the best whipped eggplant!
But if you really want that full “LA” experience you can’t skip out on BOA Steakhouse. Sue me for being basic but their food is actually divine.
For views there really is nothing like driving down PCH (hopefully when there’s no traffic)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
From the very beginning my older brother and best friend Paul always encouraged what started as a passion project. He always made it seem realistic that “Nailed by Shelley” could be more. That I should never undervalue my work and that nail art isn’t something that everyone can just pick up and do.
Other: Booking website for nail appointments: https://nailedbyshelley.as.me/ TikTok: @nailedbyshelley