Lollipop Nail Studio
City of Residence: Huntington Beach.
Children: Juliette, 5
It’s not every day that a mother’s concern for her child’s health prompts her to start a business, but that’s how Jackie Dalton’s Lollipop Nail Studio came to be. “When Juliette was about three years old, she started asking me to get her nails done,” explained Dalton. “So, I went online and found out that there’s formaldehyde resin and other awful chemicals in polish and acrylics, and I thought, ‘this can’t be good for my daughter.’” With that idea in mind, Dalton began educating herself and started researching healthier options for polish, lotions, scrubs and the like. She saw that there was a hole in the market for a salon that offers organic products and healthier options. With a passion for safety, Dalton created a nail salon where she offers 5-free, vegan and water based polish; handmade organic scrubs, soaks and oils; and takes extreme measure when it comes to cleansing tools, using a medical grade autoclave to sterilize, in a fun, glamorous and lighthearted setting. “I said, ‘Ok, I’m convinced that this concept needs to be out there. It’s not just something that would be fun, it’s something that people want and need, and I think it would be good education for myself, my daughter and the public,’” explained Dalton. “I spent many months exhaustively researching recipes and polish brands until it all became a reality.” Though completely unfamiliar with the world of manis and pedis, Dalton hired a staff of seasoned professionals and opened her first location at the OC Mix. “Because the Mix itsef was a fun, new concept, I thought it would be an ideal platform to launch Lollipop. I thought there was a market for Lollipop, but I didn’t know how people would respond to it,” she said. In just a year and a half, the salon has grown so much that Dalton had to relocate Lollipop Nail Studio to The Camp for a space three times the size of her original location to handle the influx of guests. The new space will have more chairs available than its predecessor; a dedicated area for making the soaks, scrubs and oils that Lollipop is so well-known for; and will offer classes so the community can learn to make their own soaks, scrubs and oils at home. However, the principle of Lollipop — organic products and healthier polishes in a safe and glamorous setting — will remain. “As my daughter gets older, she has more questions about everything, which makes it important for me to make sure I’m living up to a certain standard for her too, and I relate that back to my business,” said Dalton. She added, “I want to have a business that I’m proud of, and I want to make sure that I’m doing something good for people. One that my daughter can watch grow and see it evolve so that hopefully it will rub off on her.”