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.

Amber Dunson
<p>Amber Dunson</p>

Destiny Day Spa, Bossier City, La.

Blogging since: 2011

Former nail biter Amber Dunson started stocking up on polish after her nails grew. “I became obsessed with looking up nail polish swatches and trying all of the awesome nail art techniques out there. One thing led to another and was born.” Since starting her blog Dunson has built a clientele and honed her skills. Her goals are now to attend a show and compete in her first nail art competition. While you can catch a lot of the popular designs on Dunson’s blog (she posts twice a week), her detailed, fine art is what she believes sets her apart.

Blog mission: I’d really like to evolve on a more professional level and use the blog to help gain more local readership and clients.  

Favorite nail trend and medium: Gradient is by far my favorite trend, but I also love doing freehand nail art. My favorite mediums are acrylic paint and nail polish. Using acrylic paint just helps me to create a more detailed design without worrying about the polish getting gloopy or drying out.  

What are the benefits to having a license as opposed to just doing nails for fun? It makes me happy to see a client admiring my work on their nails and knowing she feels beautiful because of me. Getting paid to do what I love just sweetens the deal. 

What is the most valuable thing you learned in nail school? How to do a proper manicure and pedicure. Learning that there was more to healthy nail care than just painting nails and doing nail art is definitely what took me from being a hobbyist to a professional nail technician.  

How has getting licensed changed your life and your blog? I absolutely love my job; I really feel like it’s where I’m supposed to be. I was a stay-at-home mom for the last 10 years so my life has definitely changed a lot in the last year. I have met a lot of great people at school and at my job. I still blog as much as I can but I don’t have quite as much time as I used to. I like to think that even though I may not get to post as much the quality of my work is much higher than before. Blogging was a stepping stone for me to get to this career. I really owe my love for nails to the amazing nail bloggers I follow.   

Blogroll: FingerPainted, The Lacquerologist, Chelsea King, Let Them Have Polish,
Adventures in Acetone, Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom, Peace, Love and Polish, Gnarly Nails, The Nailasaurus, Chalkboard Nails…I seriously could go on and on because there are so many awesome nail bloggers.


Megan McManus
<p>Megan McManus</p>

Completely Polished, Cranberry, Pa.

Blogging since: 2010

Megan McManus started her blog because she had been out of the industry for a while (she was working as a marine biologist) and knew she wanted to come back. Blogging seemed like the perfect way to get some practice and build a following. “Most of my blog posts consist of either sculpted hard gel nails or gel manicures. I don’t do much with traditional polish anymore,” says McManus. “I try to post every two to three days, but that doesn’t always happen.”

Blog mission: To spread the nail love.

Favorite nail trend and medium: Embedding glitter into gel. I love how clean and sparkly it is.

What are the benefits to having a license as opposed to just doing nails for fun? Who can resist being able to get quality products? I would pretty much go crazy without CosmoProf and many professional accounts with nail companies.

What’s the most valuable thing you learned in nail school? Besides sanitation, I believe the most important thing I learned was customer relations. I learned how to carry myself and also how to communicate with my clients.

How has getting licensed changed your life and your blog? I’d say it actually has increased my blogging, though I find that I have more pictures and less spare time to write the actual blogs. 

Blogroll: Maggie Rants and Raves, It’s All About Nails, The Nailasaurus, and One Nail To Rule Them All.


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