Oh, What a Night! NAILS Salon of the Year Awards

The only industry awards of their kind, the Salon of the Year Awards are our way of giving back to those individuals who elevate our industry with their actions and contribute to a growing number of successful, professional businesses.


The time in the classroom has been rewarding. “One of the classes I took most recently on time management has substantially improved my ability to serve my clients more effectively,” says Brown-Glenn, who also credits the decrease in her service times with the expansion of her service offerings.

After flipping through her Nail Technician of the Year entry and seeing makeover shots taken before, during, and after her work (using nine different products and applications!), we were understandably impressed with her technical skills.

And Brown-Glenn’s nail skills and her dedication to learning and teaching is evident to all who meet hen even clients. “I was immensely impressed with her level of nail knowledge and genuine desire to educate me,” says Eboni Kelly. “I am equally impressed with her posted accomplishments and sanitary working areas. She has a passion for her craft.”

Most recently, Brown-Glenn’s technical skills and educator background came in handy when she was sought out to be the nail technician for Milady Publishing’s nail technology educational video line.

Brown-Glenn sums up her talents well by explaining that it is her goal to lead by example. “As a mentor to youth in local support groups, I stress the importance of education in all aspects of life; in the industry, I lead through association memberships and teaching; as a member of The Nail Care Association’s Advisory Board and Education Committee, I help make positive change with regard to continuing education for nail technicians,” she says. “In all aspects, I ensure that my life and career reflect the values I impart to others.”




Salon: Salon Elite in Prescott, Ariz.

Years doing nails: 10

Charities: Services provided to local nursing home, Arizona Women’s Employment Education, and Faith House Shelter for Abused Women

Accomplishments; Manages salon, educator and research and development technician for Creative Nail Design, award-winning competitor

Sanitation procedures: Before any service, hard surfaces disinfected with an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant. Both she and client wash hands and follow with a hand sanitizer at the station. Files, Implements, and buffers ore washed with soap and water and then disinfected for at least 10 minutes and then rinsed and stored in an airtight container

Continuing education: Classes from Creative Nail Design, European Touch, Galaxy, IBD, OPI Products, Pro Finish, and Tammy Taylor, extensive competition experience, and business seminars

“I have found ways to include my family in this wonderful industry and teach them the joy of giving to others,” writes Michelle Morely, who adds that while she performs simple manicures, her daughter sings and dances for the residents of the local nursing home.

The Whole Package

Ten-year veteran Michelle Morely truly believes that in order to be a great nail technician, you have to develop the whole package. “It is good to give your clients the best you can during a service, but I see being a nail technician as more of a complete thing,” she says.

What does she mean? “I feel fortunate that I’ve found something that I am really good at. I want to use this talent to help others,” she explains, adding that it gives her great pleasure to use her nail skills to give something, such as self-esteem or a little “TLC,” to others. Currently, she works with three local charities (a local nursing home, the Arizona Women’s Employment Education, and the Faith House Shelter for Abused Women) in the hopes of giving someone a new start at life or helping to brighten someone’s day. She feels it is the part of her career (which also includes being an educator, salon manager, competitor, and a product tester) that completes the circle. “I feel fortunate to be able to give something to others,” she says.



Salon: Nail Care in Laurel, Md.

Years doing nails: 20

Accomplishments: Appointed to the State Board of Cosmetology in 1999; member of the NCA; 1998-1999 Runner Up, Nail Technician of the Year; researched three new Maryland state cosmetology laws passed in 1999 that included raising the educational requirements for licensing; works with local TV news to inform viewers about nails

Sanitation procedures: Hospital-grade disinfection products and heat sterilizers — done right in front of the client

Continuing education: Averages about 180 hours of education each year and 1999 included classes and competitions at IBS Long Beach, IBS New York, and Hair Care Nail Supplies Show

The Legislator

Last year Nancy King was an informal advisor to the Maryland State Board. This year; she’s upped her commitment to her industry and to other nail technicians in her state by becoming one of its members. As an outspoken advocate for sanitation, safety, and education, King works tirelessly to make herself a model for others in her industry. “After 17 years of doing nails in Maryland, I became frustrated with the industry,” she explains. “Nobody seemed willing to take the initiative, so I did.”

This year, she’s helped to enact three new state laws regarding nail technicians. One of the pieces of legislation more than doubles the number of hours of instruction required for a license from 100 to 250.Another banned the use of MMA in Maryland salons and still the third changes the title of those in her occupation from manicurists to nail technicians. And King didn’t stop at Maryland’s borders. She offered her expertise to the state of Connecticut which then enacted its first nail license to take effect in June 2000.

She also spoke at the national Interstate Council of State Boards about problems on the regulatory side and helped institute programs and certification on proper drill use.

“The most important lesson I have learned is that you can never know enough about your clients, your industry, or your business,” she says. “As the industry evolves, so must you. If you feel like you know it all, it’s time to change professions.”




Location: Auburn, Calif

Owner: Nancy Lawrence

Years in business:

Staff size: 9 full time; 3 part time (3 nail technicians)

Charities: 2 to 3 events annually

Sanitation Procedures: hospital-grade disinfectants

Operational details: monthly staff meetings, policies and procedures manual

Continuing Education: 2-3 classes or trade shows annually, bimonthly in-salon classes

Savoir Faire Means Smart Business

The interior of the salon was decorated with the principles of Feng Shui in mind, including the use of mirrors, arches, rounded corners, and flowing water (there’s a fountain in the reception area).

So much for Nancy Lawrence’s intuition. When she found out that her salon was one of three Salon of the Year finalists, she was absolutely certain she had come in third. “We were so stoked just to be nominated. When they announced our name as the winner, I didn’t really hear it I was in shock,” she recalls.

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