Tony Ly is an in-demand nail artist and educator. He will travel to the United Kingdom in August to teach nail workshops, though you can find him most days at his nail salon, Tony’s Nails, on Southwest Parkway.
Ly became a rock star in the nail world when, in 2015, a video he posted of his aquarium nails went viral — nails that, no joke, are actual miniature aquariums, filled with liquid and sequins (if he could fit a goldfish in there, he would). The video was picked up by a Vietnamese talk show and shared on its Facebook page. Then articles appeared featuring Ly’s aquarium nail design on the “Today” show and BuzzFeed.
Now he touts more than a half a million followers on his Instagram account, travels many weekends to nail shows to teach nail workshops at such events as the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas and the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event in Florida. He says a large percentage of his clients travel to Wichita Falls — home of oil barons and ranchers — from Oklahoma City, the Dallas area and even as far away as England to get their nails done.