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Nail Tech’s Husband Lights Himself on Fire in Salon

by Kimberly Pham | March 28, 2013 | Bookmark +
According to The Daily Pilot, 46-year-old Nam Thieu from Westminster, Calif., entered Creative Nails & Spa in Costa Mesa, Calif., poured a flammable liquid over his head, and lit himself on fire in front of salon staff and clients last Monday (Mar. 25). Aside from the man, no one else in the salon was harmed by the flames and the salon suffered minor damage.

Thieu suffered third-degree burns covering 70% of his body, Lt. Brian Glass told CBS2. A witness told ABC7 that the man entered the salon seemingly distraught and yelled at his estranged wife, who is also the manager of the salon, in Vietnamese before setting himself on fire.

Based on a customer’s review on Yelp, the man called the salon “45 times within 20 minutes” during her service a month prior. The couple reportedly had a difficult history, they were going through a divorce, his wife moved out with their three sons, and she had a restraining order placed against him.

This incident happened less than 20 miles away from Seal Beach-based Salon Meritage where a gunman, the husband of the salon owner, walked into the salon and opened fire, killing six people inside and two others outside.


Reports say that domestic violence may have played a role in the events leading up to both of these terrifying salon incidents. According to, more than 5 million women in the United States are affected by domestic violence every year.

I want to make you are aware of the resources that are out there for victims of domestic abuse.

Cut It Out is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse. The program was created to build awareness of domestic abuse through materials that are displayed in the salons and to train salon professionals to recognize the warning signs of domestic abuse and to safely refer those who may be victims to resources.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233).

— Kim
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