Behind the Scenes at Hand & Nail Harmony

<p>Artistic Nail Design shoots yield gorgeous photos like thes.</p>

In preparation for season three of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist and Gelish’s Play At Home contest, the NAILS team visited Hand & Nail Harmony in Brea, Calif.

Hand & Nail Harmony is the manufacturer of several professional nail brands including Gelish, Morgan Taylor, Artistic, and now Entity.  Brand manager Amy MacGregor was kind enough to give us a tour of the Harmony “campus.”

 <p>Inspiration board in the art department</p>

Work stations were brimming with creativity as inspiration boards and photography adorned the walls.


Brand managers worked in offices that were loaded with products.

 <p>Morgan Taylor bottles are so top heavy that they have to be weighted while in production</p>

<p>Brushes waiting to be bottled</p>

Maybe the coolest part of the day was seeing how polish was bottled. The bottles themselves are weighted, then a custom-made machine (that costs a couple million dollars) fills the bottles. Some of the other brands are still filled by hand, with workers using a machine to apply just the right amount of pressure so that there isn’t any overflow. Gel-polish has to be filled in the dark so that it doesn’t start to cure. Caps are then applied and product moves down an assembly line where it is gathered and prepped for packaging. Some employees even have the task of swatching color onto tips to include with the shipped product.

A close up view of the #MorganTaylor assembly line!

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Our thanks to Hand & Nail Harmony for a fantastic tour! Stay tuned for #GelishPlayAtHome, beginning September 7 with the first NTNA challenge. If you’re one of the lucky Play At Home winners you could be receiving some cool Gelish or Morgan Taylor products!

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