top 25 competitors

We Came to Score: The Top 25 Competitors of 2004

In an unprecedented year and a half long competition cycle marked by fierce rivalry, veteran competitors, international competitors, and newcomers alike vied for positions on NAILS 2003-2004 coveted Top 25 List.

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NAILS Salutes Artists & Visionaries

This year’s Nail Technician of the Year finalists wowed us with their expertise and dedication to the nail industry. On the next few pages, you’ll get to meet all six of them and find out why they’re among the best in the industry has to offer.

Competition Products That Are Built to Win

Today’s batch competition products offer great results in the nail area - as well as in the salon. We talked to top competitors to find out what it takes for a product to be deemed a winner.

2002 Top 25 Competitors

The pool of available competitions shrunk, making it more difficult for both veteran and novice competitors to exercise their skills and earn points. Yet while the opportunities to participate may have diminished, determined techs kept the competitive spirit alive.

Behind the Scenes: Salina Rush

Nail Olympics Earns Its Weight in Gold

The second annual nail competition proves that competing really is a global event.

Top 25 Competitors for 2001

In a year marked by fewer competitions than in past years, veteran and novice competitors had to make their participation in every event count.

Behind the Scenes: Winning Nails

Salina Rush achieved two things when she came to Los Angeles at the beginning of the year: She won first place in the Ladies’ Sculptured Nails competition at ICE Los Angeles, and she got to do the nails for this month’s cover.

Second Time's The Charm

After being named runner-up in last year’s Salon of the Year Awards, Shelly Morley, a nail technician at Salon Elite in Prescott, Ariz., was determined to take the top prize at this year’s awards. Not that she didn’t like being named one of the top three nail technicians in the country. It’s just that coming so close to being Nail Technician of the Year – one point away from winning, in fact – only fueled her desire to obtain the top spot.

The Top 25 Nail Competitors of 2000

With a stunning nine first-place wins, Japan’s Eriko Kurosaki captures this year’s top spot on a list comprised of a handful of veteran winners and a surprising number of new faces. Read on to learn the final results and to get acquainted with some of your industry’s finest competitors.

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