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Tech Talk: Rainbow swirl nails by Shelley Richards

By Scratch Staff | 03 April 2020 | Feature, Tech Talk

Shelley Richards

Scratch learns more about the career story of talented nailist, Shelley Richards of Elite Nails…

Shelley began her career journey in 2015 following encouragement from her sister, Lee-ann Moore. “Lee-Ann is a nail tech and she signed me up to a government funded course for Level 3 Nail Services,” Shelley explains. “This was completed over 26 weeks and, following completion, I went on to achieve my education and assessor qualifications.”

Boasting creative flair, Shelley continued her job as a kitchen designer while working two nights a week as a nailist, gaining experience and understanding of styles, trends and skills, before making the move into nails full-time in 2018.

“I worked in Tamlas Hair & Beauty Design in Selby five days a week and within three months I was fully booked,” Shelley continues. “In January of this year, an opportunity arose to open my own salon with my sister.

“We launched Sister Sister Nails, Hair & Beauty and have the most amazing team, including hairdressers a make-up artist and lash tech.

“I also work as an admin for the Nail Tech Network Facebook group and without its founder, Danni Simmons, and the group, I would have lost my confidence in nails some time ago. They encouraged me to take the leap into full-time nail work and I am so pleased that I did!”

Earlier this year, Shelley became one of nine finalists in Yorkshire in the Hair & Beauty Awards. “I have never been so happy doing nails. I love my job, my clients, the industry and what it has to offer.

“COVID-19 has put massive strain on people in our industry, so before lockdown I wanted to create a bright design – and one of my clients was only too happy to oblige.

“I was inspired by a fellow tech on Instagram and this design brought a lot of light during a grey day. I used CJP Nail Systems L&P products in Amour and Milky White with Halo Gel Polishes to create the rainbow effect.”

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