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Nail Tech Talk: Carla Brannan of Gelled Pretty 

By Callie Iley | 12 April 2024

Following her success in winning two Scratch Snap competitions, Carla Brannan of Gelled Pretty shares her nail art journey and goals for 2024…  Carla recalls a lifelong passion for beauty, having always known that her career would be in the industry. “I loved anything to do with hair, make-up and…

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Q&A with session nail stylist, Sylvie Macmillan

By Rebecca Hitchon | 6 April 2024

London-based session tech, Sylvie Macmillan, shares an insight into her career, British Beauty Council role, passions and dreams… Tell us about your journey into the nail industry… I’ve always loved creating intricate work, and undertook a Technical Arts & Special Effects qualification, primarily focusing on model making. I worked in…

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Nail Tech Talk: Rosie Leek of Nice Girl Nails

By Callie Iley | 3 April 2024

Rosie Leek of Nice Girl Nails, Wolverhampton, shares her sources of inspiration for her eye-catching nail art and reveals how her pink palace nail salon ties to her personality… Recalling a love for nail art from a young age, Rosie Leek highlights airbrush looks and Tumblr-trending crackle nails as old favourites.…

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How to raise your profile as a nail professional

By Michelle Brookes | 29 March 2024

Do you want to build and raise your profile in the nail industry? There are several ways you can do this, including via social media, a business website, Google profile and word of mouth. Another very effective way to do this is through entering competitions. I started my competition journey…

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Nail Tech Talk: Emma Stephens of Gemini Nails Sussex

By Callie Iley | 27 March 2024

Get to know Emma Stephens of Gemini Nails Sussex, as she shares her story as a nail artist living with chronic illnesses and reveals the inspiration behind her dazzling nail designs… Emma remembers seeing press-on nails for the first time at Claire’s Accessories, noting that since that moment, she was hooked. “Nails…

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How I’m navigating epilepsy so I can keep offering nail services

By Scratch Staff | 26 March 2024

Dawn Wolk has huge adoration for the nail industry. It gives her independence and a sense of self worth – but regular seizures mean she can only offer a maximum of two nail services each day. The East Sussex nail pro, who attained an L&P acrylic nail qualification in February…

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Nail Tech Talk: Leanne Briggs of Empowering Beauty 

By Callie Iley | 20 March 2024

Rebranding her business to Empowering Beauty, Leanne Briggs reveals the meaning behind her name choice and shares the story behind her luxury mobile nail and beauty business… Growing up, Leanne’s mother was a hairdresser, giving her exposure to the beauty industry from a young age. Attending college at the age of…

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Nail Tech Talk: Monica Malfa of The Cosmic Nails Club

By Callie Iley | 17 March 2024

Discover the personal significance behind Monica Malfa’s choice of The Cosmic Nails Club as the name for her beauty business, as she reveals her next steps in the nail industry… With a background in marketing spanning nine years, Monica Malfa was head of department at a trade-exclusive printing company when…

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My life as a nail technician with endometriosis

By Scratch Staff | 15 March 2024

The NHS states that endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is a long-term condition, which can have a variety of symptoms and affects each woman differently, ranging from severe…

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Meet the mums navigating nail careers alongside motherhood

By Callie Iley | 10 March 2024

Learn about mums who manicure, as three mothers share their journeys navigating nail careers alongside various stages of motherhood…  Katie Turner of Radiant Nails, Devon Katie Turner has two children, one of whom has been diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorder and pathological demand avoidance. “It’s always been a challenge…

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