‘Unpolished’: Nail art by Lexi Martone costs at least $100.

'Unpolished': Nail art by Lexi Martone costs at least $100.

Salon Martone is not your average salon. The Long Island based company, featured in TLC’s new Unpolished series, is run by nail technology Lexi Martone, her sister for hair colouring / make-up artist Bria and their grandmother Foxy.

Of course, some viewers, especially those on the east coast, are interested in booking an appointment with the trio, but their services are quite pricey. (After all, you don’t get your own TV show by offering $20 manicures.) This is what you can expect to spend at Salon Martone.

Nail art by Lexi Martone costs at least $100.

The salon’s website notes that new customers booking with Lexi must deposit a non-refundable deposit of $100 that goes to their service. She charges $115 + for a gel manicure, $175 + for a full acrylic paint, $150 + for an acrylic filling and $300 + for a full acryliclombre.

As for its Instagram-worthy nail art, the prices differ according to the design. “I charge per nail,” Lexi told Nails Magazine in an interview in 2014. “I start with a basic price for the starter service, such as a gel manicure or full set of improvements, and build on that. I add everything up and give a total at the end.”

The 26-year-old’s prices are based on “a combination of time / difficulty, as well as the cost of the products,” she explained. “I take into account the costs with my 3D designs and decorations. Crystals, charms and acrylics are getting pretty expensive, so I have to make sure I pay for them.”

Bria’s rates are also high, but an appointment with Foxy won’t break the bank.

While Bria charges $200+ for a full foil highlight and $150+ for a makeup application, you can get a wash, cut and style from Foxy for just $40.

In a clip from Unpolished, Lexi revealed that her grandmother has been doing her for 40 years. “She used to have a salon in her house, and then all her customers died because they’re about 100,” shared the entrepreneur. “She takes people who don’t have hair and they leave with afro. I don’t understand how she does it.”

As for Bria, the self-described diva turned to cosmetology after a struggle at school. “As I grew up, I had a learning disability,” she said in a recent episode and added that she was finally diagnosed with ADHD. “When I got my hands [in] hair and all that stuff, the kind of just… I have to be myself.”

Lexi is also a skilled amateur baker and has competed on Food Network shows.

The celebrated baker Buddy Valastro was so impressed by Lexi’s appearance in the show Bakers vs. Fakers that he offered the fashion enthusiast her own series Cupcake Witch on his YouTube channel. She was also a participant in the Christmas Cookie Challenge.

Lexi explained that her love of nails and food go hand in hand, because they both “can make art on a small scale”, she told Nails Magazine.

“That’s why I stick with cupcakes and biscuits and don’t make sky-high 6-foot cake samples. Both require a lot of patience and attention to detail and a little or a lot of OCS.”

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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