Hi! My name is Lisa Ann Bowles. I am the owner of New Nail Creations™ in Clovis, California and the author of the book "Nail Care Nightmares: The Truth Behind The Beauty, A Guide To Public Awareness"
Before we go into who I am and why I do what I do, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my site. My deepest desire is to help others, which is why I created this site. Not only will it tell you what I do here at New Nail Creations™, but it will also lead you to other valuable sources of information about how to ensure your own health and well being while receiving manicures, pedicures or artificial nail care services.
That said ...
I was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for the better part of my childhood until my parents moved to California. I graduated from high school a year early and was left with the choice of whether I wanted to learn how to fly an airplane ( become a pilot ) or go to beauty school. I chose to go to beauty school because I'd had a love for doing hair since I was a little girl. I finished beauty school and received my California cosmetology license in 1983.
Several years later, I had my first child. I had intended to go back to work in the salon after that, but couldn't bear the thought of someone else taking care of my baby, so I became a stay-at-home mom. I didn't return to the beauty industry until 1997. But this time it wasn't to do hair; it was to do nails.
My family and I had just moved to Utah when I found out that a license wasn't required to do nails in that state. Although I had never liked doing nails all that much, I was very good at it. So I figured I would go ahead and take a job at a nice salon doing nails while I worked toward getting my Utah cosmetology license. But as fate would have it, I didn't get that license because my career in the nail care industry took off almost immediately.
First, I began teaching people how to do nails. I then went on to open the first nail school to teach a safer alternative to acrylic nails. I also did my first of over 20 interviews with the television, newspaper and radio media discussing sanitation and chemical awareness issues in the nail care industry, and helped Utah become a state with mandatory licensing requirements for nail technicians. As all of this was happening, I was also attending school to become a massage therapist and had started writing
In mid 2001 my family and I moved back to central California, and in October of that year I opened New Nail Creations™.
I have been persecuted by some in the nail care industry because of the title and content of my book, and thanked by the public for the information in it. I wrote it, not to slam the nail care industry, but to bring a greater, more consistent awareness to the hidden dangers that can be lurking in the salon, spa or nail shop.
My intention had never been to focus on doing nails, let alone teach anyone else how to do them, yet it turned out to be the very thing that would cause a Great shift in my life and turn out to be the very thing that would cause a greater awareness in the area of healthy, responsible, hand and foot care
Lisa Ann Bowles