LACQUER is a natural nail salon designed to offer manicure and pedicure services at the same time (the ultimate time-saver!) in a luxurious and modern environment.

We carry the latest trends in nail lacquer (polish) and long-wearing Shellac, with over 400 color options! We also offer organic and vegan-friendly options, like our vegan, 5-free nail lacquers from Kendra Scott, Deborah Lippmann and Smith & Cult.

Because we are focused on health & safety, we have chosen not to do nail enhancements (artificial nails) using acrylic or sculpting gel and do not offer any dip powder systems.

  • We are Austin's only certified Safe Salon, practicing the highest levels of safety and sanitation
  • We are proud to be a socially conscious nail salon practicing ethical employment
  • We are honored to have been chosen as best "mani/pedi" by Austin Monthly magazine in 2015 & 2017
  • We have two locations in Austin: one in North Austin (near the Domain) and our original location, Downtown in the 2nd Street District
  • We are local, woman-owned business: owned and operated by a University of Texas alum passionate about safer beauty and ethical employment
  • Our space is great for events! Visit our events page for more information.


The idea for LACQUER started in 2012 when founder Carla Hatler moved back to Austin from Los Angeles and couldn't find the perfect nail salon.

"I had trouble finding a great nail salon that I didn't have to book out weeks in advance. I had always been a beauty product fanatic and wondered if I could create the salon I always wanted to visit, where I could enjoy quality products AND get a mani pedi at the same time. That was the kicker for me, I couldn't find any salon in Austin that would do a mani / pedi at the same time without looking at me funny. I did tons of research, interviews with other business owners and location scouting - a process that took me three years. All the stars aligned and I opened LACQUER Downtown in March 2015, coincidentally during the first week of SXSW, and haven't looked back. We now have two locations in Austin."

-Carla Hatler, Owner & Founder

As part of her research, Carla also discovered many nail salon and other beauty service providers are often misclassified or treated poorly. She made it her mission to be an ethical salon, providing fair (and legal) pay to all of her staff. All staff members have been classified as employees since LACQUER opened its doors. Interestingly, the same year LACQUER opened, the New York Times published an expose on nail salons in America. You can read the New York Times article here.

Carla also adds "I've learned so much since we opened and have become obsessed with doing things the "right" way so we provide a lot of ongoing training to our staff. We love learning and education so much, I have assembled a task force to work on improving nail industry education. There is so much mis-information out there; I am on a mission to change that and provide better education for everyone, not just our staff. It's time for our industry to get a little disrupted. I can't wait to see what we do and the impact we can have!"

Carla grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in the beauty industry, she held various management positions in advertising and specialized in helping launch new brands. She has lived in Austin (with a brief hiatus in California) for over 16 years combined. Carla currently lives in Central Austin with her husband of 14 years and their two daughters.


LACQUER Downtown is located on Guadalupe in-between La Condesa and St. Bernard (between 2nd & 3rd Streets), across the street from Urban Outfitters and the W Hotel.

2 hour free parking available for LACQUER customers with validation in the AMLI on 2nd garage (Mon-Fri, must enter garage before 5pm) and at the City Hall garage (Mon-Sun until 5pm)*.

  • Validated parking (2 hours) Monday-Sunday at Austin City Hall parking garage, 301 West 2nd St before 5pm.
  • Validated parking (2 hours) Monday-Friday at AMLI on 2nd garage (entrance on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Street) before 5pm (must enter garage before 5pm)
  • Note: parking may be restricted during special events and is based on availability/capacity of the garage


LACQUER North is located at 11005 Burnet Rd & Kramer, across the street from The Domain Northside. LACQUER is in-between bex+Co hair salon and Summer Moon coffee.

Parking is free in the surface lot in front of and behind the shopping center.


We really want everyone to have a great experience! Customer feedback is important to us so we can know how we are doing. That's why we ask for feedback after every appointment via an automated system that sends our customers a text or email asking to rate their visit. You can read what our customers have to say here:

Read customer reviews for LACQUER North

Read customer reviews for LACQUER Downtown

We also want to know if you weren't satisfied with your appointment. You can call us or email us at (Downtown) or (North).

We ask that any client who feels the LACQUER staff has not met their expectations must return to the same location within 24 hours for an accurate evaluation by management of the problem. If the service did not meet LACQUER's standards, a redo will be offered.

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