Guest blog: how entering nail competitions can improve your skills and confidence

Hazel Dixon is owner of Purely Nailz salon in Thetford, two-time winner of the Professional Beauty Award for Nail Professional of the Year 2014 and 2016, and a multiple winner on the nail competition circuit. She reveals how entering competitions can boost your business and your confidence.

Entering nail competitions is a great way to push yourself and your skills to the next level. The key thing to remember is that it’s not always about winning but more about what you’ve gained from entering the competition.

Like myself, many nail technicians start out alone – either mobile, working from home or renting a space. After your initial training, it can be difficult to know where you need to improve skills-wise because you usually don’t have someone to ask for advice.

I started entering competitions in 2010. I wanted to get my timings down because I wasn’t making much profit from my clients as I was taking far too long. Over the space of six months full-on practicing, it went from around two hours and 30 minutes to 1 our 45 minutes, and then with even more practice, 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Here’s my best advice for entering competitions:

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