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Salon in the Spotlight: Nails Edinburgh, Edinburgh

By Scratch Staff | 29 February 2024

Former street artist, Miska, channelled her creativity into a home-based nail studio, from which she offers manicures and gel enhancements. “Street art made me who I am,” she shares. “Cutting stencils requires a lot of precision, and this skill led me to be good at nails.” Miska immersed in the…

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Salon in the Spotlight: Candy Claws, Birmingham

By Callie Iley | 22 February 2024

Millie Mills modelled Candy Claws salon’s decor around her personality and style, creating a salon space with inclusivity, artistry and creativity at its core. “I wanted my clients to know who I am when they walk through the door. Candy Claws is a safe space which is fun and playful,…

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Gen Z Recruitment

3 tips for recruiting Gen Z nail & beauty employees

By Guest Writer | 20 February 2024

Avril Kealy, digital marketing expert at Phorest salon software, shares advice on recruiting Generation Z into your salon… Salon recruitment is a hot topic right now, and for good reason. In Dennis Van Lierop’s 2023 Phorest Salon Owners Summit workshop, the recruitment coach revealed that 70% of Gen Z professionals were considering…

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How a booking system can benefit a nail tech’s work-life balance

By Hannah Beth Clayton | 12 February 2024

Natural nail specialist & educator, Hannah Beth Clayton, shares how booking software has supported the day-to-day running of her business… Throwback to around four years ago, and I spent most evenings with a pen and paper, messaging clients back and forth to find an appointment for them. My husband would…

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Abi Hassan Navigating Access Needs

Navigating accessibility needs in the salon

By Abi Hassan | 10 February 2024

Abi Hassan, owner of Canterbury-based salon, Hot Wheels Nails, explores ways nail techs and salon owners can ensure they effectively meet the accessibility needs of staff and clients. I have personally faced many challenges relating to my disability as a nail technician, and have spoken to other professionals as well as…

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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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Revealed: the top 7 trending Valentine’s Day nail designs

By Helena Biggs | 30 January 2024

Searches for Valentine’s Day themed nail designs are up 9,500% on Google, as many look to express passion and romance through their fingertips. Nick Drewe, trend expert at Wethrift, comments: “Year on year we are seeing a growing demand for manicure trends, as many look for creative ways to add…

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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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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Scratch Stars Awards 2024

By Helena Biggs | 26 January 2024

The entries have been assessed and it’s time to reveal the finalists in the Scratch Stars Awards 2024! Five finalists will be revealed in each of the 18 categories, who will be assessed a second and final time before the winner is announced at the Scratch Stars Party on Sunday…

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