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Nail competition tips from the World’s Star Nail Artist

By Guest Writer | 6 February 2024

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or starting out, competitions can be an ideal playground to showcase your skills and creativity, as well as build confidence, learn from industry leaders and challenge yourself. The World’s Star Nail Artist 2023, Katy Pottle, shares her competition tips… The spectrum of choice When it…

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UK & Ireland nail industry awards opens for entry

By Helena Biggs | 1 February 2024

Embrace the opportunity to join an elite group of salons and industry professionals and enter the Scratch Stars Awards, which recognises excellence in the UK&I nail sector. Dubbed ‘the Oscars of the nail industry’, the Scratch Stars Awards has returned for a 12th year, recognising excellence, passion and skill in…

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By Helena Biggs | 26 January 2024

Get set for a night of fun, entertainment and dancing at the nail industry event of the year! Hosted at the stunning Underglobe, London, the infamous Scratch Stars Party will reveal and reward the winners in the 12th Scratch Stars Awards. Each ticket includes a 1 hour Prosecco reception, 2 hours of complimentary…

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Live judging day for 8 categories: Scratch Stars Awards 2024

By Helena Biggs | 26 January 2024

The finalists in the 2024 Scratch Stars Awards were announced on 15 April, and the judging commences! While many of the finalists will be subject to a mystery shop or further submissions, finalists in the following categories will be required to compete in person at the London College of Beauty…

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ENTRY OPEN: Scratch Stars Awards 2024

By Helena Biggs | 26 January 2024

Nail techs, salon, mobile pros & educators – stand up & be recognised in the Scratch Stars Awards, the only awards for the UK&I nail industry! Now in its 12th year, this annual event considers not just nail skill – but customer care, passion for the industry, CPD, business ethic…

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Revealed: Scratch magazine’s most-loved cover of 2023

By Scratch Staff | 4 January 2024

Scratch is renowned for its striking, nail-focused front covers that have grabbed attention since the magazine’s launch in May 2003. But which was the most-loved cover of 2023? Readers were invited to vote for their favourite image from 1-31 December, and the results showed the varied and eclectic tastes of…

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WINNER ANNOUNCED: Scratch Snap September 2023

By Callie Iley | 26 September 2023

The winner of Scratch’s monthly nail art challenge has been announced as Stephanie Mlynek. In a showcase of talent, techs stepped up to the Scratch Snap challenge for September & created nail designs inspired by the theme ‘September Swirls’ in the bid to win a prize from Michelle Brookes Training Academy. Judged…

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How to organise a nail photoshoot in 10 steps

By Chloe Randall | 8 August 2023

Entering Scratch’s annual photographic nail competition – The Great Scratch Shoot Out? Here we reveal ten top tips for a smooth shoot day and beyond… Choose your concept Unleash your creativity and showcase your originality, style and imagination with your concept. One the most important factors of your shoot, your theme…

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PHOTO GALLERY: The Scratch Stars Party 2023

By Helena Biggs | 24 July 2023

For a decade, Scratch magazine has been recognising talented individuals and businesses in the UK nail sector via the Scratch Stars Awards. For 2023, the awards were open to techs and businesses in the Republic of Ireland, as well as across the globe, via the launch of The World’s Star…

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The Great Scratch Shoot Out: Winning advice

By Scratch Staff | 22 July 2023

2019 winner of The Great Scratch Shoot Out, Nina Lewis, shares her thoughts on the importance of entering competitions and why you should enter this year’s The Great Scratch Shoot Out… What are your thoughts on industry competitions? Why are they so important? I believe you need tenacity when entering…

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