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Top 25 Competitors for 2001

In a year marked by fewer competitions than in past years, veteran and novice competitors had to make their participation in every event count.

In a year marked by fewer competitions than in past years, veteran and novice competitors had to make their participation in every event count. Never before have SuperPoints been so pivotal to the outcome of the Top 25. Read on to learn the final results and to get acquainted with some of your industry’s top competitors.

 

Name

Salina Rush

Lorena Marquez

John Hauk

Kimberlie March

Laura Scott

Salon

Studio 10, Wooster; Ohio

At Your Fingertips, Watsonville, Calif.

Belle A’Rever, Centerville, Ohio

Express, Salt Lake City Utah

Don Aliens Salon, Santa Clarita, Calif.

Age

33

32

31

35

36

Years Doing Nails

13

12


 

 

19

Years Competing

10

5

5

8

18

Favourite Competition

Event or Show

Great Lakes Beauty Show

French Twist at Sacramento

tip and wrap competitions

sculptured pink-and-whites

The Nail Olympics

Favourite Moment

ICE Show — “I didn’t expect to win and I was shocked when I did I almost didn’t stay for the awards ceremony

“When I won the tip overlay competition at the Barristar show in November 2000.”

“After working hard all year to get multiple 1st  places, I won two 1st places in Rochester; N.Y’

“I really enjoyed the marathon competitions.”

When I took Top of All World at The Nail Olympics

Number of Competitions this Year

12—“placed in all 12”

12

9

12

5

Estimated Competition Expenses this Year

$3,000

$15,000

$12,000

$6,000

$500

Products Used in Competition

Creative

EZ How

Pinnacle, Creative, Odyssey

EZ Flow

Creative

 

In a dramatic reversal of the two-year trend of new competitors dominating the list, veteran competitors reclaimed the top spots in NAILS’ Top 25 competitors ranking. Most surprisingly, in her fifth consecutive year on the list, 2001 Nail Tech of the Year and Salon of the Year winner Salina Rush of Wooster, Ohio, took first place in the Top 25. “Competing is something I’ve always loved to do, I always want to place higher on the list and that keeps me motivated,” she says. Having reached the top of the list, Rush has set her sights on judging competitions.

While competition was down, new events such as The Nail Olympics gave both novice competitors and old hands a great opportunity to test their skills and place on the list. Able to accommodate more competitors than the average nail competition, The Nail Olympics were a collaborative effort on the part of a number of manufacturers to encourage participation among nail techs. The success of this event led NAILS to make The Nail Olympics one of three Super-Points events in 2002.

One of the factors that deter many potential competitors is the perceived high cost of participating. However, as illustrated by the expenses of the Top 9 competitors, participation expenses can be very reasonable. Ranging from zero to a high of $15,000, competition expenses vary greatly and do not necessarily reflect a competitor’s success. As you can see, Rush’s $3,000 was not the highest amount spent.

 

Name

Alisha Sale

Amy Cooper-Becker

Rita Horvath

Kim Miwon

Salon

Alisha’s Nail Boutique, Latham, N.Y

Masterworks, Mequon, Wis.

Ambiance Beauty Center; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nail Expert Korea

Age

29

33

30

39

Years Doing Nails

8

13

12

7

Years Competing

3

10

5

1

Favourite Competition Event or Show

Backfill at the Premier Show in Orlando, Fla.

“I have fun no matter what event I’m competing in.”

Premiere Show in Orlando, Fla.

ICE, Los Angeles

Favourite Moment

“In Hawaii when I brake a nail and still won second place.”

“My coworker Angie Maglio and I competed in the same event and she placed ahead of me. Her goal was to beat me in a competition.”

“At one competition when I was just getting started I hadn’t expected to win. When my number was called I couldn’t believe it”

“I enjoy competing in the fantasy nail art and 3-D sculptured nail competitions.”

Number of Competitions this Year

2

7

1

1

Estimated Competition Expenses this Year

$500

$2,000

$0

$10,000

Products Used in Competition

Odyssey

Concepts, Young Nails

Millennium Acrylics, Misa Polish

Odyssey

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