We surveyed readers to find out what nail-related sites they surf the most. Since we are spending more and more time online, check out these virtual destinations to better your skill set, boost your business, or gain inspiration. Be sure to bookmark these peer favorites.
Victoria Zegarelli, Nail Bar Lounge, Long Island, N.Y.
Favorite website for nail art inspiration: www.neiru.me
“I joined Neiru last year and love learning new Japanese nail art techniques. It’s a refreshing style of nail art that is making its way to the states via Jasmine Oshima (the creator of Neiru and owner of Oshima Nails). Although she prefers to use subtitles, her teaching style is graceful and poignant through the clear and concise weekly tutorials. Neiru challenges the artists by offering monthly competitions that award great prizes from Akzéntz, as well as fun homework assignments that we can use on our clients. All Neiru members can chat together on a private Facebook page where we share our nail art creations and post troubleshooter questions. Jasmine often includes fun informative nail media supplements such as nail art templates, how to make a nail blog, and creative nail art e-books. A few times a year Neiru opens up its school doors to the world and offers a complimentary workshop for nail techs to see what we are doing inside Neiru. You can try it out for just $4 and tuition rate packages are super affordable. Being a member has reminded me how special this industry really is.”
Favorite Instagram account: @eichi_matsunaga
“His nail designs are outstanding! So clean, concise, and exquisite that it makes me strive to be more patient with my design process.”
Karalee Chabot, Nashua, N.H.
Favorite website for salon decor: www.phillipostyle.com
“This is a local salon that I look to for inspiration. The owner designed it himself.”
Susan Carlile, Raw Earth Spa, Roseburg, Ore.
Favorite website for nail news: www.nailsmag.com
“I appreciate the e-mails that come straight to my phone with the latest news, products, design ideas, business tips, etc. It’s very helpful and really convenient as a business owner.
Favorite Instagram account: @tombachik
“His positivity, humble quotes, creativity, and true passion for his work makes his Instagram feed one of my favorites to follow for nails.”
April Bryant, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Favorite nail blog: www.onenailtorulethemall.co.uk
“Alice has awesome designs and they’re so precise on her natural nails, it amazes me how perfect she gets them.”
Favorite Facebook page: www.facebook.com (Search “Confessions of a Nail Tech”)
“Anonymous nail techs post questions, experiences, and techniques. It’s very helpful!”
Ashley Gregory, Chicago
Favorite website for nail supplies: www.mkbeautyclub.com
“They include a lot of the ‘hard to find’ categories like embellishments and full-cover nails, alongside the newest polish collections and traditional supplies.”
Favorite website for salon decor: www.pinterest.com
“Not necessarily certain accounts, but very specific searches like ‘visual merchandising’ and ‘window displays’ to find inspiration for seasonal displays or ways to increase walk-in traffic.”
Favorite Twitter account: @winnieisawesome
“Winnie posts awesome nail art and positivity with an energy that picks me up throughout the day.”
Favorite Instagram account: @nail_swag
“She always makes me think and inspires me to create something different.”
Paris Willoughby, Nailaddix, Struthers, Ohio
Favorite website for nail supplies: www.premiernailsource.com
“Premier Nail Source is awesome because they carry top brands and the shipping is two days so it’s convenient for my busy schedule.”
Favorite Instagram account for salon decor: @laquenailbar
“I love looking at posts from Laque Nail Bar; it’s beautiful and classy.”
Favorite nail blog: www.nailgurl.com
“I love Tee Fisher (aka Nail Gurl). She talks about everything from customer service to products and pet peeves. She gives our often-quiet angst a voice. I usually leave saying ‘amen.’”
Dana Cecil, Nail Junkie, Dover, Ohio
Favorite website for nail supplies: www.dollarnailart.com
“Dollar Nail Art is just as fun as it sounds, with nail art for a dollar! I love the foils from there.”
Favorite Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SarahsNailStudio
“Sarah Payne is a nail goddess. I love her work so much and have followed her for some time now. She’s a wonderful inspiration!”
Favorite nail blog: www.chalkboardnails.com
“Sarah Waite’s a genius! I am in awe of the precision every one of her designs shows. Sarah is truly talented.”
Favorite Twitter account: @robinmosesnails
“Robin Moses is a legend. She has helped me so much with her videos. She’s informative, sweet, and very talented.”
Favorite Instagram account: @nunis_nails
“Nuni’s Nails is so much fun to follow because of the bright designs that are very unique.”
D’Anna Kapusta, Oxon Hill, Md.
Favorite website for nail supplies: www.bornprettystore.com
“It’s incredibly cheap and I can spread my budget pretty far and pick up quite an array of new supplies and accoutrements.”
Favorite website for nail art inspiration: www.ladycrappo.com
“Lady Crappo has some of the most amazing freehand nail art I’ve ever seen.”
Favorite website for nail networking: www.twitter.com
“On Twitter every Sunday night I participate with thousands of other beauty bloggers with #nailglossip. It’s informative and we pass out nail tips, enjoy the company of other nail bloggers, and generally talk about nail polish.”
Favorite Instagram account: @polishallthenails
“Laura is one of my favorite ladies around. Her intricate nail art and attention to detail always thrill me!”
Michelle Hoinowski, RBA & Co Salon, Milburn, N.J.
Favorite website for nail supplies: www.nailsupplies.us
“I find the prices to be overall unbeatable. They ship super fast and I buy most of my professional supplies from here. It’s my one-stop-shop.”
Favorite website for salon decor: www.houzz.com/beauty-salon
“When I need to dream I go here. There are so many inspirational and beautiful decor ideas. Most are in my next life, but still outrageously gorgeous.”
Favorite website for nail networking: www.beautytech.com
“When I need another professional’s advice on a new (or new-to-me) process or product, or troubleshooting with an existing product I’m using, I go here. I can post my specific question on the forum. It’s nice to have other professionals worldwide give me so many helpful tips and tricks to solve a technicality or let me know I’m not the only one. It’s like the Ask.com of the beauty industry.”
Favorite nail blog: www.chickettes.com
“I’ve learned so much from this little blog including great tips and tricks, step-by-steps, and how-to videos, as well as new product reviews.”
Favorite Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nails2diefor
“They post interesting nail art finds with proper credit to the artists. No one likes ads, but theirs are actually useful. I’m never disappointed to see anything they post in my newsfeed.”
Jeanita Spikes, Dallas
Favorite website for nail news: www.nailtalkradio.com
“Nail Talk Radio is the best for keeping up with the latest nail technician ‘must knows’ — from having reviews on the latest product launches to hearing all kinds of wisdom from the top techs in our industry.”
Favorite website for nail resources: www.schoonscientific.com
“Doug Schoon is a great resource for nail technicians. I love reading and applying all the insight he gives our industry as a whole.
Ryan Barton, Michael’s Unique Styles, Charleston, W. Va.
Favorite Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NailsbyKenny
“Kenny posts great designs and super funny nail humor.”
Favorite Instagram account: @nailsbyraybaby
“A lot of my clients come in with designs from her page. She does great work!”
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