Full Name: Anna Phan
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Salon: Nail It Salon
Preferred Nail Art Medium: Gel, Acrylic
Favorite Nail Trend: Handpainted
I’ve been working in the nail industry for 8 years now. I started out admiring all the beautiful nail pictures online and thought I wanted to learned how to mastered doing nails. I never could imagine how that idea would turn out to be the best decision of my life. Throughout my career I had many great mentors: Trang Nguyen and Michelle Sprout whom truly taught me to love the nail industry. I believe my love and passion for the nail industry sets me apart from my competition. I’m continuously learning and improving my skills. I love to learn new techniques and new trends to always improve my skills. I’m never satisfied with my work and always look for ways to improve. Therefore, I believe my hard work and dedication to nail with radiate through my design.

The first nail strengths is my nail art skill. I love to create beautiful work of art on the nail. Every time, I do nail art I would forget the time and lose myself in the art work. For this challenge I used PlexiGel to create the nail extensions. As I was creating the nail extensions, I thought the gel reminded me of water. So, I decided to create an ocean and water theme. As a result, I try to create fishes swimming in the water and a pearl in the ocean. The fishes are design to show that it’s swimming in the water because the PlexiGel is so clear. Also, I left a spot on the pinky nail to showcase this feature.

My non-nail related strength is wisdom. I will represent wisdom by creating a pearl. According to history and the myths, pearls are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience. Before being a nail technician, I was a flight attendant. Everyone thought I had a good job including my parents. My parents were really proud of me and were really happy for me. However, I was unhappy inside because the job was not my passion and I felt miserable every day. I could not take it anymore so I decided to quit my job and pursued my passion of being a nail technician. The journey was difficult because I had no mentors or directions to follow. I was like a piece of sand drifting in the vast ocean. As my nail skills improve, I felt more confident and had purpose. Like a piece of sand turning into a beautiful pearl. Now, looking back that was the best decision I’ve ever made. I can’t believe I made it to Top 12 in the competition.