In a late-night soiree at the Moon Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, there’s an event dubbed Bang Tuesdays! Hair Wars, which is an extraordinary hair design competition. When Headliners Salon in Las Vegas was chosen to be one of six salons to compete in the August 16 war, salon owner Tzigane Osborne put together a team of experts to create a whole look — including nail tech Joy Yavenue of Nails by Joy in Henderson, Nev.

Playing to the theme of “Jerseylicious,” Tzigane came up with the idea of a long braid with fake sculpted hands going up it with accessories like combs, brushes, curling irons, mirrors, and jewelry incorporated throughout. Yavenue says, “The hands were the hardest part. We used Crayola Modeling Clay to create them. It was light and could be molded into place and dried solid overnight.”

The fake hands were then covered with different colors and textures of hair, and, as the Jerseylicious finishing touch, Yavenue did 15 different nail art designs (one set for each fake hand). The designs included chandelier nails (inserting a crystal-studded ring into a hole drilled into the tip), freehand zebra print, and flared bling French looks. On the live model’s nails, Yavenue created long nails with inlaid photos of the Jerseylicious cast in the acrylic, plus inlaid large gold glitter into the nails. The Headliners team (which also included model Chelsea Ball and make-up artist Haley Buckner) won first place, and we wish them the best of luck at the finals this month!

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