From Blogger to Beauty Professional

It’s hard to ignore the presence of bloggers in the nail industry. They have taken the world of beauty by storm and some blogs are even a part of a daily diet of reading. These women post reviews, paint swatches, and create exquisite art that keeps their followers coming back for more. But I bet you didn’t know that a good number of these nail enthusiasts are actually professionals, and that many of them made the decision to go to nail school after establishing their blogs. Learn how a tiny corner of the Internet encouraged these nail lovers to become licensed nail techs.

Katy Parsons
<p>Katy Parsons</p>

Boulder, Colo.

Blogging since: 2011

After coming across the blogs of other nail artists, Katy Parsons was hooked. She wanted to combine artistic flair, writing, and creating to share the art form she loved. For her the transition from just blogging to being a professional was simple: “Interacting with people + making them happy + doing something I absolutely love = a career! And it’s generally frowned upon to charge people for a service you’re not licensed in.” While you will see posts on Nailed It about swatches and reviews, every one of those comes with a nail art look to accompany it.

Blog mission: Inspiring readers with one-of-a-kind nail looks.

Favorite nail trend and medium? Freehand nail art is definitely my favorite trend. Working with the gorgeous lacquers and 3-D elements to make a fabulous full set of nails will always be special to me. That’s what Nailed It was built on.

 What are the benefits to having a license as opposed to just doing nails for fun? Earning your license means going through classes that teach you the ins and outs of all things nails. It’s not just about passing a test. It’s about practicing techniques on real clients with the support of real technicians. Our instructors give us insights into aspects of nail technology outside of what you can read about. The real experiences I’m getting now are what are going to make me an excellent nail tech in the future. Starting as a nail hobbiest has really helped keep my interest in nail technology high though. Going through nine months of school doing something your heart isn’t fully invested in would be grueling otherwise.

 What is the most valuable thing you learned in nail school? What’s invaluable to me are the difficult, client-facing interactions. In school, I have the support of my instructors to know how to handle a difficult situation. You can read about those, but until you see it firsthand, it’s not as valuable.

How has getting licensed changed your life and your blog? Working toward a license and continuing a full-time job eats up plenty of hours in the day, so my blog posts have become more infrequent. However, I’ve been filling those voids with posts of my experience in school, which helps people understand why I’m not around, and really seems to be popular among my readers.

Blogroll: The Nailasaurus, Chalkboard Nails, One Nail to Rule Them All, FingerPainted, Hey Nice Nails, Disco Nail, Nancy MC Nails, Supa Nails, The Illustrated Nail, So So Fly Nails, and Nail Swag.


Ashley Crowe
<p>Ashley Crowe</p>

Astrowifey, Chicago

Blogging since: 2008

Back in 2008 not many people were in to nail art so Ashley Crowe started a blog to showcase her latest nail designs. “I tribute my interest in nail art to a group of ladies in L.A. who called themselves the Brown Babies. They were fashion bloggers who had long square acrylic nails with everything from diamonds, swirls, line work, airbrushing, and flags.” When girls in Chicago started freaking out over Crowe’s nails she began directing them to her blog and gaining ­popularity. “I didn’t think of nails as a career until I came across Sophy Robson’s work. I saw how she was making a career from it and prior to that I had this perception that I would have to work long hours in a salon and that is as
far as it would go. I had no idea that there could be travel, ­product development, museum, event, and commercial ­opportunities. The sky is really the limit! I started to dream big and the rest was history.”

Blog mission: To stay connected to both the nail art and ­professional community.

Favorite nail trend and medium: I love working with acrylic paint and Shellac because I can get really detailed and it’s easy to mix colors. My favorite nail trends are the triangle manicure and holographic nail polish. The triangle manicure is where the triangle forms at the cuticle and extends to the tip of the nail, it elongates the nail and catches attention. It’s also a relatively easy design so it’s great for beginners.

What are the benefits to having a license as opposed to just doing nails for fun? Having an education in nails opens up a whole new world of opportunities. When you’re certified you will be viewed as a professional. You have to think about your clients too, you want to be properly educated to give them the best quality experience.

What is the most valuable thing you learned in nail school? Proper sanitation, which I think is extremely important for your clients’ safety. I was already dabbling in nails and did a ton of research for years before I started classes so I was already prepped for school, but sanitation is something that I strongly believe in and learned more in depth when starting classes.

How has getting licensed changed your life and your blog? ­Getting licensed has changed both my blog and life because I am now viewed as a professional and therefore I am blessed to get opportunities as both a nail artist and as a nail professional. Professional companies send me products to test and critique and I also get to work with professional companies like CND, Essie, Gelish, and many more for events.   

Blogroll: Nail Swag, Madeline Poole, NailGurl NYC, Nailing Hollywood, FingernailFixer, Sam Biddle, and Confessions of a Nail Tech.


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