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"Boss Nails" Review: Episode 2

by Lavette Cephus | August 19, 2015 | Bookmark +

<p>The cast of "<a href="">Boss Nails</a>" airing Tuesday nights on Oxygen. Watch for Lavette's review every week.</p>

Boss Nails is back in its follow up episode to last week's premiere. In this episode they are serving up plenty of fresh nails and egos!

We are introduced to Amber, one of Tippie Toes' techs. I was super impressed with Amber's use of creative mediums on her client's set of nails. Using unique and different mediums is hot in the industry right now. While everyone is looking to create the next big thing, Amber’s going out of the box and using snake skin on a nail set is exactly what Tippie Toes needs to stay ahead of the game.  

This episode really hit home for me when Dana was discussing with her husband the decision to have children. Now I don't have an elderly husband but I do understand the pressure of being a mother and a business owner. Like many of you who read this blog or watch the show, I know that becoming a parent while chasing your dreams is no easy task. If you've followed my story during the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition you know what an inspiration my own daughter was to me during the entire thing. I empathize with Dana on trying to build an empire and family (even though my child's father isn't a decades older than I am – yikes!)

Now on to the highlight of this episode: The Nail Off!

What nail show would be complete without a battle of artistry? What appears to be a spontaneous (probably not!) battle of nails spawning from the clash of egos owned by Nuni Torres and Tippie Toes' tech Rod. From the first episode, Nuni's larger-than-life character seems to pose a threat to Rod's position as the reigning male. 

The nail artists had one hour to create a set of nails and were judged in three categories:

- Technique

- Creativity

- Precision

Nuni's creation:

A set of nails using his famous mixed mediums, with the design encapsulated with gel.

My thoughts:

The structure of the nails were dead-on, and they were extremely clean and neat. The color combination was definitely on trend. I do agree that his work was typical, and he didn't step out of his own comfort zone.

Rod's creation:

A set of nails using colored acrylic in 3-D form (something new to him)

My thoughts: I was impressed that he stepped out of his comfort zone and although the set wasn't complete, the nails were a cohesive design. 

Their winner: Rod

My choice for a winner: Rod

I agree with the judges that creating never-before-seen nails is just as important in precision during a competition (hint, NTNA competitors!).

Next time maybe the fellas will focus more on the nails and less on their egos!

This episode was exactly what I need to get into the competition spirit, especially since I'm getting ready to judge the 2015 NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition! (BTW good luck Top 12!)

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