Owner David Mai has owned Angel Nails for eight years. He has a great sense of humor through his broken English and his smiling face is one of the first things seen when entering the salon; adding the charm of the experience.
Although Mai has worked at a lot of odd jobs in the 27 years he’s been in the United States -everything from a fork lift driver to working sea urchin production, to laying airplane windows to a beef cutter; but it is at Angel Nails where he works seven days a week that he has finally found his home.
The salon is a family-owned business. Mai, his girlfriend and his daughter all work there and in the winter there are four employees. However, that increases to six employees during the summer months to handle the extra clientele who visit the Lakes Region.
Angel Nails has what clients want and need - and that includes all types of nail polish. They carry diamond coat (also called dip), shellac, acrylic nails and traditional polishes, as well as a glow-in-the-dark powder and mood changing colors as well. The dip nails can last up to three weeks. Despite the fact that there are thousands of colors, Mai will also mix his own colors to satisfy any client’s preferences.
The most popular types of colors right now are permanent powder colors on acrylic nails. Mai said he does the best pink and white nails in the area.
At Angel Nails, they also offer hand painted designs. “It’s a lot harder than before. They [the customer] show you what they want on their phone. Before it was limited and now unlimited. I see a picture, I can almost copy it,” said Mai.
Mai also pointed out that if a customer wants to support a specific sports team or have a design that a friend created, Angel Nails can do that too.
There are eight manicure stations and six pedicure chairs. This means there is not a lot of wait time. They also cater to parties - a fun way to come in for pampering. Each service offers three selections, Regular, Premium or Deluxe. The Regular is a spa service. Premium has an extra-comfort massage and the Deluxe offers cooling gel, hot stones and more time with the technician. There’s something for everyone.
“We have good service, clean, take time and quality work at a fair price,” said Mai.
“We care about the quality, more than the quantity. We like to accommodate your schedule,” said Nguyen.
Styles and shapes vary in what customers like. Almond and pointy shapes have come back into fashion. At Angel Nails there’s no extra charge for this although there often is at other salons, Mai said. “It takes time and one strong hand to make it come out right,” he added. The coffin shape, which looks like a small lampshade and is wide at the bottom at thinner at the top, with a flat tip, and the traditional rounded are some of the designs being done.
Some clients make a two-hour drive to get their nails done. Acrylic nails can last up to 2 months and there’s no charge to fix them if something goes wrong with a nail.
“They offer personalized service. You come in two times and they know who you are. They take the time,” said client Nicole Kaltsas.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 207-655-8880 or find them on Facebook at Angel Nails Raymond. Walk-ins are welcome. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.