Hello Arizona! I’m please to introduce to you the first ever Arizona Swarovski Certified Nail Artists!
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Cookie Ceballos at Polish Me Nail Boutique, Jessica Chu at Modern Beauty Bar, Gail Owsley from Dewey AZ, Christina Sims and Pam Kempf at Kreated Nail Envy, David Dang also at Modern Beauty Bar, Sheera Gersh at Addicted to Nails, Marisa Arvizu at Nails by Marisa Elana and Brandy Sucher at Altered Ego Salon & Spa
The class was great fun with lots of creativity flowing, sharing of ideas (and supplies) with gracious attendees.
Congratulations to you all! I feel proud and happy to have been part of it!
In this ever changing world of nails, there are many ways to create great works of art and generate cash flow doing something that you love.
You can work in spas, full service salons, booth rent or own your own business. You can become a manufacturers educator or be a freelance nail stylist to the stars!
Another way to generate income while staying within our field is being offered by Liz Morris from The Nail Hub.
Liz is a licensed nail technician, educator for Akzentz and Liz is the distributor of Akzentz products for AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT.
Akzentz is a Canadian company that was founded in 1989, so they have plenty of history and for the last 27 years, their goal has been to provide nail technicians with the products, tools and support to excel in the professional beauty industry.
Liz and I at a show.
If you have ever met Elizabeth, you know her intense passion for elevating our industry. She believes deeply in proper training, and use of professional products. She also believes that as nail techs, we need to be good business people as well. She teaches business classes along side her work with Akzentz. She gave us a great business based Facebook Page to help us with the business of nails as well. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SalonOwnersUnited/
Her territory as a Akzentz authorized distributor is large and as such she is looking for regional distributors to help get professional products out to professional people.
Elizabeth’s partial mission statement is as follows
…to help educate nail techs of all ages and skill levels in a effort to create a more successful generation of nail techs’ and to elevate the industry as a whole.
Recently, Liz welcomed Amanda Bowen-Trujillo to her team for Nevada. She is based out of Las Vegas and is very excited to be a resource for not only products but also support with anything you or your salon might need.
So, if you are of like mind and if you are interested in joining The Nail Hub team as a regional distributor, contact Liz at email@example.com
I get asked how I end up getting featured in Nails Magazine. One of the ways is to create a profile in their Nail Art Gallery, and then post your nail art. I try to do it as often as I can and that way the chances of the post being used is greater!
Following is a example of a tutorial that I did in Nail Art Gallery. This tutorial was not featured and you don’t have to do a tutorial, just post a good picture of your art.
It is also a great place to follow other artists that catch your eye. The magazine also sends out emails to let you know what is new in the gallery!
From a previous post and available on Nails Magazine Nail Art Gallery, here is a step by step of the Sharpie Nail Art I did!
Let me know what you think. Would you use this in your nail art practice?
In the last couple of years, I have noticed a few things that are changing in the professional nail business.
Firstly (and I am so happy to see this) is that nail technicians are no longer hiding their techniques and procedures. Everything from product placement and brush angles to nail art designs. I LOVE that we are lifting each other up!!!!
The second is that I see the emergence of smaller, nails only shows. There are many to talk about but today I want to let you know about one that is available for nail tech’s in my home land. Good ole Canada!
This spring, The Canadian Nail Tech Connection will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on April 17th, 2016. A meet and greet on April 16th (I love those things!) with additional classes available prior to the main event and following the main event.
So great to see Canadian as well as US based manufacturers coming together to share knowledge and help educate nail techs in a smaller venue.
I know for me, sometimes large shows can be over whelming. These type of venues, with more opportunities to talk one on one to manufacturers and educators can give you a much better feel for who and what these companies are. And if they will be the perfect match for your style of doing nails and business.
pic from The Canadian Nail Tech Connection Facebook page!
The classes being held prior to and after the main event are both free and with admission costs.
Here is a quote from Stephanie that attended the show previously!
Stephany – “I got to meet a ton of techs I love and admire and I got to see some I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting. There’s classes, a ton of product to buy and test out so bring money! Wouldn’t miss it, great to have something like this for nail techs.”
Sounds like a wonderful venue right? Not to mention the organizer, Dana Knight, makes sure there are tons of prizes to be had as well!
The event will be held in Edmonton at Four Points By Sheraton (Edmonton South)
7230 Argyll Rd NW
Cost is only $60.00 (CA $) per person! With the meet and greet and free classes available, you can’t beat the cost to find new products, techniques and make new “nail friends”
Well, great news! They are offering up another free online class and challenge for those that are interested. But, be speedy because this class only has room for 2000 sign ups!
A quote from the site:
This challenge will give you a chance to
→ the latest techniques coming out of Japan
→ try these techniques
→ to create an original design from these techniques
→ and a chance to win some amazing prizes from our sponsors (and instructors as well)
I wouldn’t wait too long as you might loose the chance to learn wonderful techniques. Here are some of the things I learned from the previous two classes.