About the awards

The Scratch Stars Awards was launched in 2012 by Scratch magazine to recognise & reward nail technicians, teams & businesses in the UK & Ireland.

Coined 'The Oscars of the nail industry', the Scratch Stars Awards upholds immense prestige in the sector, with the accolades serving to enhance profiles & boost businesses.

Stand up & be recognised in this annual event, which considers not just nail skill – but customer care, passion for the industry, CPD, business ethic & more in its judging process.

Entry to the awards is free – although those entering must have been established/working actively in the field for a minimum of 12 months (on or before 1 February 2023). Entry for the 2024 awards will open on 1 February. Finalists will be announced on 15 April.


Stage 1: Online entry open

1 February - 10 March 2024

On 1 February, FREE online entry will open for competition hopefuls. Entrants can choose up to two categories to enter & fill in the relevant form for each.

Stage 2: Finalists revealed

15 April 2024

The Scratch team whittles the entrants down to five in each category & announces them across its platforms. Finalists are emailed information about the next competition stage.

Stage 3: Competing & judging

From 20 May 2024

Those in the artistic & technical categories are sent requirements for a practical competition, which takes place at LCBT. Judges, put forward by sponsors, score on various criteria & the results are collated to determine each category winner.

Those in the media & business categories are required to either submit a portfolio or are subject to a mystery shop. Others will have reports taken on their social stats. 

Stage 4: Winners revealed!

Sunday 21 July 2024

The winners of the Scratch Stars Awards will be announced at a glitzy event - The Scratch Stars Party - in London on 21 July 2024.

Scratch Stars Awards, Comm By Helena Biggs

“I am overwhelmed and honoured to receive the Scratch Stars Social Media Star of the Year award, and to enter the Hall of Fame for this category. It reflects the immense effort and creativity I have pored into building a thriving online community. But this win is not mine alone: it belongs to every follower who engages, shares and supports my content. Together, we have created a space of inspiration, positivity and connection. Thank you to my fantastic, hard working team. Let’s continue to ignite nail conversations, uplift nail techs of all levels and make a meaningful impact in this digital era!”

Kirsty Meakin, Scratch Stars Social Media Star of the Year 2023

Check out the video from The Scratch Stars Party 2023:

Key Dates

  1 Feb - 10 March: Entry open

  15 April: Finalists announced

  20 May: Judging commences

  21 July: Scratch Stars Party 

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