“I think that’s what I like about the culture in America. America respects individualism,” says Amy Ling Lin, owner of Sundays Nail Studio. Amy, who originally hails from a small town in China, grew up on a strong traditions and still has a deep connection to her cultural heritage (traditional dance is one of Amy’s favorite parts of her culture). However, when she came to New York, Amy saw a world of endless possibilities.
Before starting her career, Amy’s father always urged her to become a lawyer. However, Amy’s real passion lied elsewhere. After receiving her MBA from Columbia University, working in fashion and in numerous nail salons in New York City, Amy opened Sundays Nail Studio, a Scandinavian-inspired, eco-friendly salon that focuses on nail care and wellness from the inside out.
In 6 short months, Amy’s business has exploded with 3 Sundays Nail Studio locations, a line of fifty eco-friendly nail polishes (that are both non-toxic and vegan), and numerous collaborations with brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and events like New York Fashion week.
Sundays Nail Studio is a holistic beauty experience. The focus is on using classic, quality colors that don’t contain harsh chemicals, and combining those quality products with a relaxing environment and superior client service experience. Sundays Nail Studio can be likened to a relaxing Swedish spa getaway without the plane ticket.
So, what’s the secret behind Amy’s success?
The truth is, it’s nothing more than Amy’s strength, passion for collaboration and positive intentions. Through her desire to improve the world of beauty from the inside out, Amy has started a holistic beauty revolution here in New York City.
Amy is motivated by the thought of shattering ugly stereotypes and misconceptions about the nail industry, especially those about nail artists, many of whom are immigrants who are not usually set up for success. “Nail artists don’t typically get the same respect a hair stylist would in the beauty world,” says Amy. “Nail artists are given poor working conditions and low pay. In turn, customer service isn’t always a priority. It’s a vicious circle.”
Amy’s fourteen nail artists are carefully trained in nail art and nail care. The artists and their background are celebrated on Sundays Studio social media pages. Their development, image and confidence is a priority for Amy.
Interestingly, Amy also isn’t afraid afraid to collaborate and work together with similar businesses and brands to her own (see here to see the full list of Sundays Studio stockists). “I don’t think it’s a good idea to compete with each other. We all know the trade secrets. Competing takes too much energy. I think that we learn a lot from each other.”
We think that we can all learn a lot from Amy, too. Stereotypes are meant to be broken. Don’t compete with the community; collaborate. And, never forget that, “beauty is not the source of confidence, it’s the result.”