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Women Making History: Melinda Mann Rivera of HER Nails


In a time when everyone is trying to set themselves apart, wear the most original designs, and stand out amongst the crowd—Melinda Mann Rivera of HER Nails has come along to help the ladies do just that. Whether for everyday or for one night, HER Nails are one of a kind 3-D nail art designs that are not for the shy wall flowers of the world. Check what Melinda & HER Nails is about after the jump!

In her own words:

I’ve been wearing acrylic nails consistently since 7th grade—(French manicures, neon orange, initial charms, Tiki Punch, all that) and I am an artist…so it just seemed natural to connect my love of long extravagant impractical nails with the artist in me. So in 2007 I launched HER nails as a part of a larger creative project that includes jewelry, visual art, and a non-profit component. In a time when everyone is trying to set themselves apart, wear the most original designs, and stand out amongst the crowd—the HER brand helps the ladies do just that. Whether for everyday or for one night, HER nails are one of a kind 3-D nail art designs that are not for the shy wall flowers of the world (how bold are you?). The designs can be applied to natural or acrylic nails—or customers can buy my exclusive Event Nails that are pre-designed and last just long enough to get you through that special party, photo shoot, or date.

Upcoming projects include a collaboration with the NY based clothing/t-shirt company Princess of the Posse for their spring line—nails designed specifically to match their shirts.

I am also establishing a program where a portion of the proceeds from nail sales go to doing HER elaborate nail designs for local low-income teenage girls during prom season.

Lastly, I am curating an art exhibit this summer with visual artist HIM1979 and photographer Stephanie Mei-Ling from Fox Hills Photography that will make people look at art and nails in a new light.

When we do it, we do it big. “Go hard or Go Home.�?

“Don’t get cut” Event Nails

Event nails for Princess of the Posse (P.O.P.)

Event Nails- pre-designed on nails that are applied to your natural nail but only last 1-3 days.

“Da Pink Jamaican” on Natural nails (designed on your own nails).

Special Event Nails

“It’s gonna be a Pink Xmas”—designed on acrylic nails.

“Louis V” Event…these nails are SERIOUS…aka a bag was CUT for these!

Event nails special order for Ms. Erykah Badu‘s latest “Honey” video (which is HOT FIYAH!)

HER Nails x Ms. Erykah Badu!!!

For more info on this awesome lady & her equally awesome profession, check the site— HER1980.com, or contact Melinda directly at Melinda@her1980.com!

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6 Responses to “Women Making History: Melinda Mann Rivera of HER Nails”

  1. Haaaaayyy! Melinda is the BOMB! She treats each nail like a small canvas and captures the essence of the fly girl she makes the nails for!!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. dd says:

    some of those nails look weird.I wanted to look at nails because I just got my 1st french manicure.Next time im going to go with my mom and get a mani and a pedi.

  3. BRIANNA says:

    your nails freakin rock where do you get them?

  4. keila says:

    dear ladies how old is ur youngest client ur nail are the bombe digidy i would love to be one of your customers and where are u guyz locetaed his me back as soon as possivle

  5. BLB BLB says:

    Hey Keila!

    Best to hit up Melinda via her site: http://www.myspace.com/her1980

    good luck!

  6. ciara says:

    omg this is crazy all that crazy stuff on the nails haha.
    ciara.

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