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The GelBottle Inc adds 5 HEMA-free shades to BIAB™ range

By Callie Iley | 29 February 2024

The GelBottle Inc has expanded its popular Builder In A Bottle (BIAB™) range with the addition of five cool and creamy shades. The Brighton-based nailcare company, also known as TGB, has expanded its HEMA-free BIAB™ range for creating durable builder gel overlays, providing the same strength to natural nails as…

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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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CND™ & Charlotte Tilbury collaborate with Harris Reed for London Fashion Week showcase

By Helena Biggs | 16 February 2024

CND™ and Charlotte Tilbury collaborated with British-American designer, Harris Reed, to create bold nail designs and vibrant make-up looks for his AW24 London Fashion Week showcase. Renowned for creating gender fluid items that play with themes of masculinity and femininity, Reed describes his aesthetic as ‘Romanticism gone non-binary’, and items…

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CND™ collaborates with Marc Jacobs for AW24 runway show

By Callie Iley | 8 February 2024

Inspired by papercut dolls and Diana Ross’ iconic style, three barely-there CND™ shades were worn at the Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 2024 runway show. Shades used include: CND™ Bare Chemise – semi-sheer light nude. CND™ Field Fox – grey-toned nude beige. CND™ Satin Pajamas – opaque taupe beige. Lead nail artist,…

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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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Love L&P? Check out Bexy Glow, the brand redefining ratios & nail artistry with its acrylic formulations

By Callie Iley | 2 February 2024

Frustrated with the limitations of existing L&P formulations, Becky Willett set out to create an acrylic product range with a rainbow of shades to inspire creativity. Becky, a professional nail technician, has been working with L&P since 2015, noting that the existing acrylic products she used maintained a wet or…

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10 ways to practice self-care as a nail tech

By Callie Iley | 31 January 2024

Scratch explores the importance of self-care and looks at 10 ways to ensure you prioritise your wellbeing as a nail pro… 1. Take regular breaks Schedule breaks during your working day to recharge; whether five minutes between clients or a full lunch break to refuel and take a walk, to…

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