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The Nail Games

By Scratch Staff | 7 April 2024

The Nail Games is a one-day nail competition event held in the Midlands. With up to a £1,000 cash prize, trophies and more to be won on the day, this is an event not to be missed if you enjoy competing or want to take the step into nail competitions.…

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Clare Woodcock Stars 2022 Winner

Nails techs: Here’s how you can raise your business profile

By Guest Writer | 4 March 2024

Scratch Stars award-winner 2022 & 2023, Clare Woodcock, founder of Surrey-based mobile beauty business, The Nail Club, shares key ways to raise your profile as a nail pro… You’ve got your business up and running, you have a handful of loyal clients and you feel confident in your work. Now,…

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Nailympia San Antonio 2023

Nailympia San Antonio 2023: THE RESULTS

By Helena Biggs | 4 October 2023

The results are in for the first Nailympia San Antonio 2023 San Antonio hosted the third Nailympia on US soil in 2023, and saw top class nail artists battle for medals and points towards the Nailympia Premiere Cup. Under the shrewd eyes of head judge, Alisha Rimando, contestants from across…

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Insight: Understanding scoresheets from nail & beauty competitions

By Katie Barnes | 31 July 2023

To not be a finalist or winner in a nail competition or awards can leave you wondering what you did wrong and make you question your skills. As a competitor and judge, I would like to share my experiences… Recognition aside, simply applying for a nail award or being shortlisted…

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The importance of rules & questions in nail competitions

By Guest Writer | 23 March 2023

Every nail competition has its own set of rules, and rules can change from year to year. Ensuring that you read the rules and understand them perfectly is an imperative part of the competing process, whether you are new to competitions or a seasoned pro, shares multi award-winning nail aficionado,…

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Update: The Scratch Stars Awards 20/21 judging process & party

By Helena Biggs | 26 April 2021

Scratch Stars Awards organiser, HELENA BIGGS, shares an update on this year’s event… After the pandemic stopped play in 2020 – and prevented 88 finalists from being recognised at the infamous Scratch Stars Party, I am delighted to announce that we are at last able to reboot the competition process,…

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Paulina Mucha

Paulina Mucha shares her career story & passion for teaching

By Sophie Nutt | 4 September 2020

Nail artist, educator and competition judge, Paulina Mucha, chats to Scratch about her career story, passion for teaching and goals for the future…  My journey into the nail industry In 2015, I decided to move to London in the U.K. to become a nanny and study psychology. Soon, I learned about the popularity of…

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5 top tips for perfect nail competition preparation

By Scratch Staff | 21 February 2020

Lauren Holmes, winner of the Scratch Stars Gel Polish Stylist of the Year award 2019, reveals her 5 top tips for nailing your competition prep: Practice, practice, practice! Make sure you have done your competition set plenty of times, so you know your timings and order. Plan it out and…

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Catherine Wong

How to prepare for a nail competition

By Scratch Staff | 23 January 2019

Industry veteran and seasoned nail judge, Catherine Wong, serves up reasons why you should compete – and how to prepare for a nail competition… “Competing pushes you out of your comfort zone and tests your limits. It makes you a better nail tech over time and earns you the achievements…

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Nailympia opens registration for all 2019 competitions

By Scratch Staff | 14 January 2019

International nail competition, Nailympia, has opened registration for three locations for 2019: Nailympia USA in Houston, Texas (5-7 April 2019) Nailympia Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia (10-12 May 2019) Nailympia London at Olympia Beauty, London (28-30 September 2019) With a plethora of categories available across multiple divisions, Nailympia offers the opportunity…

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