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A Tale of Two Competitors

Tucked into the corners of dark ballrooms at nail shows, some of the best nail technicians in the world compete against one another, sculpting dazzling nail art designs and perfectly precise C-curves. But what is it like to be a competitor? NAILS takes a quick look at the competition schedule of one veteran and one novice competitor at ISSE Long Beach this past January.

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Show Season 2010 Starts Strong

From January 30 through February 1, 40,000 beauty professionals attended ISSE, up 21% from 2009 and breaking the show’s all-time attendance records. The show featured 397 exhibitors, which is up 3% from 2009.

Top 25: Champ Retains Her Title

Lynn Lammers is once again NAILS’ top competitor this year. With a whopping 117 points, Lammers has reclaimed her #1 status from last year. Coming in second was Odyssey’s Trang Nguyen, and in third was England’s Kristy Meakin.

The Lammers Method

This method for backfilling pink-and-white enhancements takes only a few seconds to learn, but it can save minutes on your service times and give you beautiful, laser-crisp smile lines. Lammers says once you’ve mastered this technique, you’ll wonder why you did it any other way.

Long Sculptured Acrylic Nails by Lynn Lammers

Lynn Lammers demonstrates how to sculpt long acrylic nails. See more of her work at www.myspace.com/lynnberry1972.

Sculptured Acrylic Pink-and-Whites With Backfill and Rebalance by Lynn Lammers

NAILS' cover tech artist Lynn Lammers demonstrates sculptured acrylic pink and white nails with backfill and rebalance. She specializes in sculptured pink and white acrylic nails rather than tip and overlay or gel. See more work at www.myspace.com/lynnberry1972.

On My Mind: Great Expectations

This month's editor's note is written by 2008's #1 competitor, Lynn Lammers of Redlands, Calif.

On My Mind: Practice, Practice, Practice

Whether your aim is to compete professionally, or simply provide confident, skilled services, you must commit to practicing your craft.

Behind The Scenes: Model Competitor

A 20-year nail tech has the chops for big competitions.

Competitive Skills

Competition-level nails take practice, but mastering certain skills will get you in the game.