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  • Hoboken Girl’s Mani Monday: Dream Nails & Spa

    While summertime sadness is approaching, I have to admit, I am looking forward to < 95 degree weather, am I riiiight? This summer heat has been a bit more extreme than other Hoboken summers, I’m used to and outdoor brunch certainly hasn’t been as much of an occurrence or luxury this season . So I for one, am ready for some fall vibes. However, that doesn’t stop me from sneaking in one {or two} last minute summer manicures and who better than Ashley Pak, {owner of Dream Nail Spa} to hook it up?


    ^Pedi chairs at the new spot

    Ashley and her mom recently opened Dream Nail Spa {located at 601 Observer Highway, across from Jack’s Cabin}. At a young age, Ashley already has a TON of experience with clients, products, trends and is always sporting the latest in the nail world — having worked previously at Nail Story II {where I watched in awe at her mani skillz}.

    Customer Service.

    After months of Instagram stalking {@pakdain and/or @hobokendreamnails}, I knew Ashley was the one I wanted to go to for my end-of-summer nail art flare. I showed Ashley my inspo pics, and even mocked up what I was thinking for each nail — though that kind of went out the window when I told her to run with it! Ashley got a sense of what I was feeling in terms of concepts, colors and exactly how much ‘nail swag’ I wanted.

    Ashley took me through her process, gathered a variety of colors and showed me her vision before we started which made me feel comfortable moving forward. I appreciated her attention to detail and FOCUS on me as the client.

    hoboken girl - dream nail and spa - HGmanimonday - polish selection

    I should also note, that even when I was drying and getting ready to leave, I overheard Ashley speaking with another client. She was once again extremely attentive and listened to what the client was bidding. She asked all of the right questions {about shape, style, color, etc.}, and I was really impressed with her ability to navigate each request that comes her way like a true artist. Sometimes we can feel a little pressured to pick a color and just go basic because the nail tech seems like she’s rushed which is a total turnoff.


    The salon was very busy – but in a good way! There were clients coming in and out for various waxing and nail appointments, and it seemed Dream was fully staffed for timely services. The Dream team {see what I did there?} clearly enjoys what they do, and Ashley was an absolute pleasure while doing my mani.

    The woman doing my pedicure was also very enthusiastic yet very soothing. She gave me one of the best massages, and I really appreciated her efforts in making sure I was relaxed!


    I have to say, many nail places are tit-for-tat with pricing, but Dream Nails is anything but that. This particular nail art request {pictured below} is $10 for regular mani, $35 for gel mani plus $10 for design.  Most nail places charge by nail, or how much time it takes for nail art but this was a flat fee – how REFRESHING! I do recommend, if you have a tedious or specific request, showing up early to your appointment to allow some time for you and Ashley to discuss your expectations. Tip: bring a few photos!

    A pedicure is $25 but if you go Mon – Thurs you can get the regular mani/pedi combo for $30 = #score. Their regular pedi includes hot stones which is kind of amazing, and their lotion is exceptionally moisturizing without potent fragrance.

    Dream Nails also has a free membership card and program where you can earn free manis and pedis depending on how many points you earn {kind of like free coffees — but waaaay better}.


    Dream uses new paddles each time for smoothing out those heels, and a shower cap type of contraption to protect their soaking basins = definitely makes me feel better about their process. Cleanliness is key.

    Polish Selection.

    The moment you’ve all been waiting for….OK fine, the moment I’VE been waiting for…Dream Nails has the holographic polish. I repeat: Dream Nails has the holographic polish! This is SUCH a hard find, and Ashley made it a priority to have it in stock. Not only does she have this in regular polish, she has it in gel as well.

    hoboken girl - dream nail and spa - HGmanimonday - holographic polish

    As far as other brands, Dream has a variety of regular and gel polish; they carry OPI, Wave, Essie Gelish, CND Shellac Vinylux and Color Club.



    ^Pictured here, Bubble Bath by OPI {if you have a darker complexion you can try Samoan Sands by OPI too!} as my base and pieces of cellophane to provide that glass nail effect.

    It was a pleasure to spend my Saturday afternoon with Ashley and her team – I am already looking forward to going back!


    Have you had a Hoboken salon experience and lived to tell the nail tale? Post your mani with the hashtag #HGManiMonday on IG and share your experience with us {tag @hobokengirlblog!}.

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    When she’s not supporting Penn State football, keeping up with pop culture or assembling a killer cheese platter, Melissa is nailing it with her manicure game. Being a New Jersey Native, she knows what’s important – balayaged hair, an on-point contour and simple [never basic] nails. As our Mani Monday columnist, she will be featuring her manicure endeavors throughout Hoboken and living to tell the nail-tale. When the Friends and SNL marathons are not on repeat, she enjoys exploring the latest in beauty products and trends. Specializing in eyebrow emergencies and life beyond Sephora (it exists!), Melissa is HG’s beauty #hustler.

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