February 5, 2015
This video may not be of utmost interest to everybody buuuuuuuuuut I finally made a video about my nail artist in Korea! She runs the best nail shop I’ve ever been to in Korea. Sunny is an amazingly talented artist. I found her a couple years ago when I was fed up with my nails easily chipping after paying for a manicure. I like to say she is a nail designer because I’ve gone to many nail shops in Korea that can’t think creatively. They can copy from a magazine or picture but if I say to them, “I want pink and blue and something adorable but edgy” they have no idea what to do. Many places just panicked and would insist that I pick something from their sample set even if I didn’t like anything. ANDDDDDD I was speaking in Korean, so it wasn’t a communication issue, it was just a creativity issue. When I found Sunny (and I should say when Soozee found Sunny via a Korean blog) she had done Lee Hi’s nails as well as Fergie when she was living back in NYC. The first time I went to her I showed an example picture of what I wanted but mentioned that I wanted a kind of rock look. She used a tiny brush to draw an awesome black skull on top of my fantastic neon yellow nail job. She even tossed on some lovely glossy black star stickers and that was it…I was in love!
Since then Sunny made my watermelon nails, cupcake striped nails, polka dot rainbow nails, winter ice queen nails…and what’s amazing about it is that she hand paints them on the spot. Sunny has since left the nailshop she worked in when I first found her and she went on to open up her own private studio. It’s a one-on-one customer situation so you don’t feel rushed or awkward. Sunny speaks Korean and English and I think some Japanese too. If you send her some example pics of what you’re looking for she’s able to practice a bit in advance if it’s complicated. Sunny has an amazing arsenal of jewelry (which you may have seen on my instagram feed) and you can give her a price range limit of what you want to spend and she will bling you out accordingly. Did I mention Sunny also has her waxing specialist in brow and body? What can’t she do. I’d also like to mention that Sunny didn’t pay me in anyway to make this video, I just really love her work and think she deserves the attention.
Sunny only works with gel nail polish or if you want, you can get gel tip extensions. Leigh and Soozee has gone to Sunny as well and they just get just gel polish. I get the full tip extensions since my nails blow chunks. I have terrible tiny forever breaking nails. So no, those long gorgeous nails of mine are not mine. Hahaha *sobs into a pillow* Anyone else got terrible weak nails?
Gel Polish and Gel Extensions
Okay, so I really want to demystify the concept of getting gel tip extensions because I was super nervous to get them done myself. I’m really a “paint your nails at home and be too impatient for them to dry” kind girl. Also I was hesitant to get extensions because I heard they are terrible on your nails BUT THEN I found out not all extension are the same. I did so much googling guise…so much. So gel tips are only applied to the ends of your nails while traditional expansions are applied over your whole nail. I had a terrible experience with these once. For my friend’s wedding I bought stick on nail extensions and applied them at night the day before her wedding. I woke up around 2 am in agony because it felt like my all my nails were being ripped off. The stick on nails that covered the whole nail was trying to warp my nail to the shape of the rigid plastic and I hard to immediately remove them. Let me assure you getting gel tips is nothing like this!
So first Sunny gives me a basic manicure. Then she picks out nail tips that fit my finger nail shape so they aren’t too wide or narrow. She then glues the tips on with special nail glue. My whole nail, including the new fake tip, is then coated in a clear gel polish and is hardened layer by layer under little UV lamps until they’re strong enough to be real nails. They look like my real nails at this point. Sunny then shapes them and cuts them to whatever length I want, and after the tips are totally finished Sunny decorates them. I really like getting extensions because it’s over a month of perfect nails. If I got them filled (which means touching up the gap of polish that grows out from my cuticle) they would just keep going for another month. So as your nail grows they grow with it, and I trim the length at home with sharp clippers. Then I file them into the shape I want. Also, gel polish dries almost instantly with the UV light so there is no concern of chipping or smudging my polish. Once the design is done it just lasts until my nail grows out. To me, it’s worth the time and money to have perfect nails for months. I’m sure you have felt the rage of getting your nails done at a salon only to have it chip the next day, cause I sure have. If you’re not interested in extensions, gel polish works the same way as normal polish except that it’s way stronger and also doesn’t chip. The only downside to gel polish is that is has to be specially removed or you have to wait for your polish to fall off in one piece as your nail grows out naturally. To me, that’s no problem at all!
So that’s my little story on gel extensions and Sunny’s nail studio. I’m curious about your experiences with gel polish and extensions! Also, I don’t actually know anyone else that gets extensions done so I’d love to hear some stories!
Sunny’s Contact Info
I usually Kakao Sunny and set up an appointment about a week in advance.
Kakaotalk ID: sunkuku
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: 010-6449-6692
Sunny’s Blog (with links to her Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr) Sunkukuart
Pricing As of 2015:
Basic gel manicure: ₩45,000
Artwork: ₩60,000 – up depending on if you want jewelry or not
Gel Extensions: ₩80,000 + (basic, french, gradation, artwork, etc)
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 395-191 홍익그린빌 B-01 Sunkuku Studio
Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 395-191 Hongik Green Ville, 1st Floor Basement
1. Get off at Hapjeong Station on the green line and exit #3 or #4. The street that leads to Sunny’s studio is located right between both stops, so check the map I included.
3. Walk straight down the street until you see a tall black and white checkered Nexus building. (I attached a picture of the Nexus Building)
4. Turn left on the side street JUST before the checkered Nexus building. If you pass the checkered building you just missed the street!
5. Sunny’s studio is a basement flat. You’ll see a small square sign on your right side alerting you to her studio on the wall of what looks like just a driveway for two cars. It’s under a villa so if you walk down the driveway you’ll see a door and a sign for her studio. It’s quite dark so don’t miss it!
6. Knock on that door and you’re there! ^^
We’ve got a few extra scenes from the day as well, if you’re interested. AWW YEAH! NAILS!!!!