One of the coolest things about being in the nail industry is the opportunity to enter competitions. It's a way to better your skills and put your name on the map. Competitions range from international to domestic and can be completed online or in-person. We spoke to NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Season 9 champion and salon owner/educator Nicola Sawyer as well as the global director for Nailympia competitions, Alex Fox, to get their winning advice.
NTNA Season 9 win at
Premiere Orlando on
June 5, 2022.
after Sawyer's big win.
and in-person competitions all
over the world. Both online and
in-person winners receive medals.
compete at Nailympia can go
on to win trophies like this for
being the individual top scorer.
Winning NTNA was on another level. ‘Disbelief’ would be the first word, then excitement, then realization that all that hard work had finally paid off. It's clearly been the highlight of my career so far.” Fox says, “Competing brings highs and lows that generate feelings. It's emotive and exciting, it's full of flavor and intensity and it's downright exhilarating. It's a powerful experience that all techs that truly love their nail craft should try out at some point in their career.”
If you've competed before but are working up the nerve to get back into it, Fox offers the following words of wisdom, “Remind yourself why you love nails. Feel the power and buzz that nails gives to you and go and share that in the arena. You'll be around like-minded people, your peers, and surrounded by people that want you to be the best you can be. It's only you that's holding you back. Another person's nails is their experience. This is yours - so get out there and show us what you can do and ‘wow’ us with your skills, talent and creativity. This industry needs you - we need to elevate and create together. So get your competition head back on and show us your style. You just never know - a medal could be in your hands very soon. And that feeling is sensational.”
teams joined in on the judging
at Nailympia Orlando and
London competitions this year.