Business Profile: Ron Stone

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

Title and firm: Ron Stone owns Hangnails, at 8585 Old Dairy Rd., Suite 101.

Services: Stone does manicures, pedicures, acrylics, and skin care for hands and feet.

"I can do colored acrylics, pink and whites and all my art is hand-painted," Stone said. "We can really get some wild colors going."

The manicures and pedicures involve shaping the nails, soaking the hands or feet, doing cuticle care, exfoliating, massage, nail treatments, polish and a top coat.

Background: Stone was born in California, moved to Alaska, graduated from Haines High School and then left Alaska for the next 25 years.

For 20 years, Stone was a certified retinal angiographer. He would inject dye into a patient's eye and photograph the inside of it.

"I was looking for a career change, and my sister said, 'Hey, why don't you go back to school?' " Stone said.

He decided to leave the field and went to Hollywood Beauty College in Hawaii, receiving his diploma and license in 2002.

"It was a huge jump," Stone said. "I wanted to deal with happy results. Sometimes I'd be with a patient and I had to tell them they were going blind."

Stone moved to Juneau the first week of May and started his business May 30. He has since applied for the advanced manicurist endorsement.

"I may be the first ever in Alaska," Stone said.

Family: Stone came to Juneau to look after his parents, who have been living here for almost 20 years. His sister Myran owns Tangles, the beauty salon where his business is located.

Stone's girlfriend, Rhonda, is in beauty school and will be joining him in Juneau soon.

The industry: Males constitute about 15 percent of professional manicurists, Stone said, but some of the best nail technicians in the world are men.

"There's a theory on this," Stone said. "A man usually goes to a lady for a haircut because he knows she wants the man to look good.

"Women, on the other hand, know that men will make them look good because a man has nothing to lose. There is no competition."

Contact information: Call 789-1727.

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