When founder Newton Luu dreamed up the Powder Gel System –a revolutionary system that changed the professional nail industry forever—he decided to sell the three salons he managed and go into the manufacturing business.
LeChat—meaning the cat in French—was born in 1993 with its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area to service salon and spa professionals with the highest quality, most innovative products. LeChat strives to attain all that it stands for: Learn, Experience, Create, Help, Achieve and Teach.
With more than 20 years in the nail business, LeChat continues to produce cutting-edge products such as the Gelée Powder Gel System, Perfect Match Gel Polish & Nail Lacquer and thermal-activated Mood changing polishes. LeChat is proud to receive recognition by providing products that nail professionals in over 40 countries truly trust.
Meet the Team
Newton is the soul and fire that drives LeChat’s creative vision. His deep-seated knowledge of the nail industry comes from managing salons he owned and operated in Northern California while still attending business school at San Francisco State University. Newton oversees all operations and develops and executes business strategies that align with company’s vision.
Even though Jackie has studied to become a nurse, she found that her passion for innovation compelled her to the world of product development. Her roles include development and execution of product strategies and supervising product quality assurance. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University.
Meet the Educators
Yvonne Vuong has been an LeChat educator for seven years and a nail technician based in southern California for 16 years. She became a nail technician while she was studying graphic art in college and she decided to combine her passion for art and love of nails to work in the nail industry and create beautiful, clean designs. She has competed and won NailPro competitions in 2016 and says she loves in participating in competitions because “competing is not about winning, it’s about perfecting your skills.” Yvonne is constantly trying to improve herself and loves to share her experience with others which makes her a wonderful educator.
• Second place in Novice Salon Success at NailPro Pasadena 2016
• Third place in Novice Sculptured Nails at NailPro Sacramento 2016
• Second place in Novice Salon Success at NailPro Sacramento 2016
• First place in Novice Sculptured Nails at NailPro Sacramento 2017
• First place in Novice Salon Success, the Dark Side (Black) at NailPro Sacramento 2017
• First place in Novice 3in1 Tip and Overlay at ISSE Long Beach 2018
• Second place in Novice 3in1 Sculptured Nails at ISSE Long Beach 2018
• Second place in Novice 3in1 Perfect Match at ISSE Long Beach 2018
Wendy Valenzuela is an international educator and master nail artist with 15 years of experience under her belt. A Worldwide Nail Champion, she specializes in acrylic sculpting nails, application of crystals, 3-D and high fantasy designs. Wendy gives education training all over the world sharing innovative techniques for fast, simple nail applications with glamorous finishes. When she’s not educating, she manages a salon in Mexico where she draws inspiration for the latest ideas and designs.
· Third place in Novice Fantasy Nail Art at ISSE Long Beach 2017
· Third place in Novice All About the Bling at ISSE Long Beach 2017
· Second place in Novice Fantasy Nail Art at IBS Las Vegas 2017
· Second place in Veteran Fantasy Nail Art at ISSE Long Beach 2018
· First place in Veteran Salon Pink and White at Latincup Cancún 2018
· Second place in Veteran Competition French at Latincup Cancún 2018
· First place in Veteran Almond Trend at Latincup Cancún 2018
· Best Team at Latincup Cancún 2018
· First place in Veteran Fantasy Nail Art at NailOlympia Sydney 2018
Hien Truong Pham--also known as Henry--is a nail technician and aesthetician who has been working in the nail industry for over 15 years in Toronto, Canada. When he immigrated to Canada from Vietnam in 2002, he registered for a class about nails being offered in his high school and has been obsessed ever since. He is currently working as an international educator for Lechat Nail Care Products and competed in several NailPro competitions in the United States in 2016 and 2017 and consistently places in the top 10. “I think everybody in the beauty industry have beautiful minds and technically speaking, I love to make people look beautiful,” Henry says. True to his devotion of art, Henry’s other career as a singer and a front man of a band is the icing on the cake of his creative soul.
· First place in Novice Fantasy Nail Art at IBS Las Vegas 2017
· First place in Novice Fantasy Nail Art at ISSE long Beach 2018
Blanca Reyes is a veteran nail technician for 27 years and a LeChat educator for 11 years. She was inspired to begin her nail artist journey because she likes using her imagination to make people feel beautiful. Blanca’s favorite part about being an educator is that she gets to experience people falling in love with LeChat as she has.
Yvette Holt is a world-renowned LeChat nail artist and has been educating with LeChat since 2000. She has travelled around the world educating and sharing her passion and knowledge with every nail technician she meets. Yvette has been quoted in NAILS, NailPro and various trade magazines for her expertise and has even designed the cover of NailPro in 2011.
Michelle Ly has found a creative outlet through the art of nails for over 10 years. She enjoys being an educator and a nail technician because the job requires both creative art skill and the ability to communicate and socialize. To Michelle, educating is not only about sharing what she’s learned but learning from others as well.
Linarys Burgos has seen the nail industry constantly evolve throughout her 13 years working in the nail industry and she loves that there is always a new product or trend to try. Initially, she became a nail artist because she wanted to create her own designs and expand her imagination. She is an international educator from Puerto Rico and says that it’s rewarding to see nail techs in her classes gradually improve their knowledge and artistry and apply it to their clients. “I am privileged to work with such a great and successful company as LeChat.”
Nuri Martinez has always had a fascination for nail design since she was a young girl. She has grown to become a licensed nail technician for over ten years, a LeChat educator and a salon owner. Nuri says she loves being an educator for LeChat because she is a fan of the brand itself. “The company, day by day, is becoming more recognized around the world,” she says of LeChat. “The quality of the products give me the confidence to do demos at shows.”
· Third place in Novice Fantasy Nail Art at ISSE Long Beach 2018
Vina Ferratt grew up in the salon where her mother worked and says that she learned how to file a nail before she learned how to ride a bike. She says that “everybody has their gift in the nail industry” and everyone has something to contribute. Though she admits she doesn’t know everything there is to know about nails, she loves learning from everybody else and having the ability to share skills through education. What she loves most about educating for LeChat is that it keeps her in the loop about the latest trends and the newest innovations within the nail industry.
Hugo Nguyen got his start in the nail industry because his partner opened a salon and needed staff. After a decade of working in the salon and three years with LeChat, he is still eager to see the reactions of both his clients and students to his artwork. Because of his fascination with nail art, he loves helping students master their artwork using LeChat products.
Jamie Le’s favorite part about being an educator in the nail industry is having the creative platform to express and share her passion for nails with like-minded people. She’s been working with nails for over a decade and took some time off to start her family and raise her children. She has since rekindled her devotion to nail art when she joined the LeChat team in 2014. Jaime is privileged to have a career that allows her to travel across the United States and meet so many new and interesting people.
When Hannah Ngo first started working in a nail salon in 2008, she wasn’t too fond of the work she was doing but she grew to love doing nails after seeing the joy on her clients’ faces in helping them feel beautiful. Since she started as an educator with LeChat in early 2017, watching nail techs grow to master their skills has given her great satisfaction.
Alabama-based LeChat educator Syreeta Aaron's passion for nail art began as early as five years old. As a young child, she would stick tape on her nails and pretend she had long nails and polish them. Since then, her love affair for nails blossomed into a professional nail tech career of 17 years. When she became an educator in 2017, Syreeta found she was able to combine technical skills, creating artistic nail designs and travelling into one career in an industry that she loves the most.
Lee has been in the nail industry and owned her own salon for over 25 years. She specializes in hard gel and pink and white nails and is constantly furthering her nail education with international nail champions. Lee worked as an educator for 14 years before coming to LeChat and loves to share her passion for nails and continued education with as many nail professionals as possible.
Thao Luu goes by the name Kim. She is an experienced nail tech, having been in the nail industry for 14 years. Kim has a passion for nails. She loves bringing the latest trends and new products to her customers. When not doing nails, Kim enjoys quality time with her family and traveling.
Khanh Mai is the director of NC Nails Academy and NC Nails Academy II. As a manicurist and esthetician instructor, Khanh is passionate in providing quality education to help students succeed. She is diligent in her pursuit to stay current with new trends and products in the industry. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being involved in her community.
Donny has been a nail tech for more than 10 years and a salon owner since 2007. He got into nail business because of his mom. He prides himself on being creative and innovative. He stays current with all new nail trends. His dedication, attention to details and passion keep him in high demand. He is an ardent student and loves to learn from the industry’s best. Passion and eager to learn. What he loves most about being an educator for LeChat are the innovative wide range of products and wants to share his expertise and knowledge with nail professionals around the world.
Anastasia is the newer member of Lechat Nail Care Products Educator Team. She began her journey in the beauty industry in 2008 and continues her education to this day. She is a very passionate and avid competitor in Nail Competitions all over the United States. Hand painted nail art and 3D acrylic art are her forte.
She currently holds 9 trophies and 3 medalions from NailPro Competitions and Bronner Brothers Beauty Shows from Atlanta, Georgia.
May 2019 at Oregon Nail Expo Event in Portland, Oregon she received:
1st Place in It's All About The Bling
1st Place in Anything Goes
2nd Place in Hand painted nail art Veteran division
2nd Place in 3D Nail art Veteran division
June 2018 at Premiere Orlando she received:
1st Place in It's All About The Bling
3rd Place in 3D Nail Art Veteran division
January 2018 at ISSE Long Beach:
3rd Place in Fantasy Nail Art Veteran Division
June 2017 at Premiere Orlando:
2nd Place in Fantasy Nail art Veteran Division
June 2016 at Premiere Orlando:
1st Place in 3D Nail art Novice division
2nd Place in Fantasy Nail Art Novice division
January 2016 at Bronner Brothers Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia :
1st Place in Nail Art Competition
August 2015 at Bronner Brothers Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia:
3rd Place in Nail Art Competition.
She believes in quality beauty services and safe salon environment which she strives to provide in her hometown of Jacksonville Florida at one of the best nail salons there. A busy nail technician herself, she is very knowledgeable about being successful and staying profitable without compromising ones integrity and professionalism.
Her passion for nails and great work ethic helped her achieve her 'American Dream' and now she is happily married, raising a beautiful son and works with love for nails every day.
LeChat are LeChampions! We could not have won without your continued support so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Testimonials & Mentions
Have been having my nails done with acrylic for years...talking the 70's here! This, by far, IMO is the best gel brand currently on the market; going into three weeks now, great coverage, no chipping
I have fallen in love with the LeChat brand because their polishes seem to last longer than other brands. I can get about three weeks in before I see any chipping. I really like the color selection and plan to order a lot more in the future.
Marizabel A. Martin
Outstanding color and formulation.
LeChat Nail Care Products228 Linus Pauling Dr.
Hercules, California 94547
Tel: (510) 741-9998
Fax: (510) 741-1628
LeChat Showroom & Sales Office1304 West Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833
Tel: (741) 477-1980
Fax: (741) 477-1975