Nails 101: A Student Blog

Meet Nails 101 New Student Blogger (and Associate Editor at NAILS) Sigourney Nuñez

by Sigourney Nuñez | June 10, 2015
Shameless selfie taken in front of my new nail school. 

Shameless selfie taken in front of my new nail school. 

Hi Guys! My name is Sigourney Nuñez and I am NAILS Magazine’s associate editor. I’ve been on staff for one year and I’m excited to share my nail school journey that is just starting. 

Before working at NAILS, I studied journalism at Cal State Northridge, internship-hopped among reputable news outlets including Los Angeles Daily News, Ventura County StarTelemundo, La Opinión, and was even trained by editors from The New York Times. When I graduated college in 2011 and was on the prowl for a full-time gig as a writer, I had a lot of down time. That’s when I discovered nail art — thank you Instagram! I was inspired by a subtle manicure with a heart on the accent finger and was determined to recreate the look. Countless failed attempts and about three hours later, I did it. I was proud. I found a new passion and I decided I was going to make a career out of it.

By 2013 I was working in the non-profit sector as a public relations associate. I loved giving back to my community but my inner artist lacked fulfillment. So I chose to start blogging about nail art from the consumer perspective. At this point I was working 10-hour days, but  I would still polish my nails daily to have fresh content to post on my blog ( and on my nail-focused Instagram page (@nailartbysig). I was all in.

With an intention to focus on nails and journalism, I had my eyes set on working at NAILS Magazine. Talk about a dream job, right? I’ll spare you the boring details about getting rejected after the first interview (and crying about it — a lot), and instead focus on the good news: I eventually made my way in and got hired in May 2014!

Fast-forward nearly a year later and here we are. On May 19, I officially registered as a nail tech student at Advance Beauty College in Garden Grove, Calif. (40 miles away from my apartment, but I’ll get into that in another post). I chose this school to be surrounded by students who are hungry to learn about nails and improve their skills. This school offers a 600-hour advanced course that delves a little deeper into techniques than just the basics. California State Board only requires 400 hours, but as you might have figured out, I love a challenge.

Some goals for this experience include: finding new story ideas, learning new techniques to share with you all, and broadening my perspective to see things as a nail tech. As an editor at NAILS, I do a lot of research on the industry, but it’s one thing to write about a subject in theory and another to write about it from experience. This adventure will help transform the way I approach content to share and ultimately make me more legit as an editor dedicated to the success of nail professionals.

I hope you guys are ready for a wild ride!


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