By Nadine Kam
The staff at W Salon at Ala Moana Center gathered for picture-taking following a lion dance performance. — Nadine Kam photos
W Salon recently expanded its space to 1,600 from 1,200 square feet on the mauka side of Ala Moana Center, adding a room for manicures and pedicures, and two rooms to provide facials and, later, massages.
To celebrate, president and general manager Wendy Do and creative director Thi Nguyen hosted a grand reopening celebration Aug. 15 that included complimentary TIGI blowouts and makeup touch-ups, Yon-Ka, Shu Uemura and Kerastase demos, and a mini hair fashion show with styles ranging from the romantic to avant garde.
The length of the Nail Lounge makes the space seem much larger than the extra 400 square feet, and it is staffed by certified CalGel and GioGel technicians using products and polishes by OPI, Zoya and China Glaze.
The facialists will be using products from SkinCeuticals, Obagi and Dermalogica.
There was also lots to eat, with Andrew Le offering springrolls and pho French dip sandwiches so delicious I couldn't put it down, not even while sitting for a gel nail manicure!
For information and reservations, call 943-2700.
Creative director Thi Nguyen watches the lion dance.
Theatrical hair is part of the salon's repertoire.
Courtney Coleman in a softer 'do.
The new Nail Lounge for manis and pedis.
A fan of the salon's brought dozens of puakenikeni, which was placed on shelves between bottles of nail enamel on display.
Seeing red thanks to the salon's color bar.
Wendy Do was rightfully proud to introduce her creative team.
Thi with a delivery of congratulatory flowers.
Sandwiches too good to put down, from The Pig & the Lady's Andrew Le, with springrolls below.