The Secret of My Success (in 100 Words or Less)

Nail product manufacturers tell us their story in the space of a cocktail napkin.

We challenged some of your favorite nail product manufacturers to tell us their story in the space of a cocktail napkin. It’s not easy to break down the history of a company into a 100-word blurb. See what these 12 industry big-wigs had to say in these bite-sized bios.

<p>Rick Slack, President of NSI</p>

In 1957, my grandfather (a dentist and inventor) started our dental company. He patented the first nail form. Through the ’70s and ’80s, my father grew the business while developing the first non-yellowing acrylic (for other companies).

In the late ’80s, after too much fun in college, I had to decide: Continue to develop new nail products for others or start our own brand? Continue working with dentists or begin working directly with nail technicians and attend beauty shows around the world?

Easy decision… NSI came to life in 1987-88. With a lot of blood, sweat, and tears we have contributed to a great industry, and given nail techs a chance at an exciting lifestyle. 

Rick Slack, president of NSI


<p>Jan Arnold, Co-Founder of CND</p>


Big impact.

Big groups of Nail Professionals.

Big ideas.

Photography with tightly cropped, honest nails.

BIG nails!

Big parties.

BIG ideas and innovation.

Big strides and marketshare.

Big breakthroughs backstage.

Big successes.

Go BIG or go home!

Jan Arnold, co-founder of CND


<p>Essie Weingarten, Founder & President of Essie Cosmetics</p>

I built Essie from just 12 polishes in 1981 to over 250 colors, treatments and spa products sold worldwide today. Years ago there were few color choices and little creativity in the category. I took a risk and created exciting never-before-seen shades with whimsical names. And the risk paid off. Twenty-eight years later Essie is a trailblazer and continues to be one of the number-one salon brands. The Essie color wardrobe is an interpretation of very personal experiences. For example, I was a serious ballerina when I was young and I channeled that by creating Ballet Slippers, a venerable cult favorite! 

Essie Weingarten, founder & president of Essie Cosmetics

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