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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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Nail Tech Talk: Lolli Hamilton of Nail Artistry by Lolli

By Callie Iley | 28 February 2024

Lolli Hamilton discusses her commitment to fostering an inclusive & welcoming salon space at Nail Artistry by Lolli, & explores the importance of individuality in the nail community. Formerly a freelance make-up artist, Lolli decided it was time for a career change during the lockdown. Enrolling in a range of…

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Top tips for perfecting nail prep

By Guest Writer | 27 February 2024

Elevate your business and embrace new techniques with advice from the Scratch Stars award-winning OPI team, as OPI field educator, Ashleigh Clements, shares her top tips for perfecting nail prep. Nail preparation is the foundation of a great nail service. Great nail prep offers a smooth canvas for product application…

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The 3 qualities that make a successful nail technician

By Guest Writer | 23 February 2024

Reach your goals and ensure success with advice from esteemed beauty business expert, Nergish Wadia-Austin, as she explores the importance of personality, knowledge and skill in successful nail technicians. Exceptional personality qualities Successful nail professionals exhibit a blend of precision and creativity, making a welcoming environment for clients. Patience is…

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4 controversial nail industry trends

By Katie Barnes | 23 February 2024

In the ever-evolving world of nails, trends come and go and sometimes, controversial topics arise that spark debate among qualified nail technicians. As professionals in the industry, it’s essential to stay informed and educated on these discussions to better serve our clients and uphold the highest standards of nailcare and…

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The top 5 mistakes nail techs are making on social media

By Jo Tompkins | 19 February 2024

I’ve probably looked at more nail tech social media pages than anyone else on the planet. I have also probably helped more nail techs than anyone else on the planet to get fully booked and earn £3-5k a month, and part of that strategy comes down to social media marketing. …

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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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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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Nail Tech Talk: Inside the world of My Name Is Miki Nail

By Callie Iley | 6 February 2024

Meet Miki of My Name Is Miki Nail, the New York nail tech who tends to the nails of Ariana Grande, as she shares her career journey and reveals the nail shade worn in the Yes, And? music video… Working for a fashion company in her early 20s, Miki became…

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The importance of creating accessible salon spaces for clients & staff

By Abi Hassan | 5 February 2024

Abi Hassan, owner of Canterbury-based salon, Hot Wheels Nails, explores key considerations for nail techs and employers when creating accessible salon settings to suit clients and staff… As a salon owner or an independent nail technician, it is important to consider ways in which your environment could be more accessible. Transparency…

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