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NAILPRO-file Featuring: Utopia Nails!
Welcome to our new feature "NAILPRO-file" where we highlight neighborhood nail salons and their owners from around the country and around the globe! !
This week's salon is in England!
Meet owner Rachel Harrison of the mobile salon Utopia Nails!
Salon Name: Utopia Nails
Salon Open Since: 1997
Salon Address: I'm a mobile technician in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Salon Phone: 07812742253
Salon Website: Utopia Nails
Tell us how you decided to open your own salon.
I left school and trained to be a nursery nurse and I went to work for a family as a nanny. I only worked from 3 until 7, so as I had my days free, I decided to do something during the day. My mum had been having her nails done in the town centre for a while. It was relatively new back then. I used to watch and think, "I could do that." So, I did some training in London. I thought I would do it for a while until I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I worked during the day for a few years, then I decided to rent a chair in a salon. Then I got my own salon which I ran for over three years.
When I had my daughter, I decided mobile was a far more flexible way to work. It gave me the chance to structure my days to suit my home life. I became very ill about four years ago and it gave me the the ability to recover in my own time without worry I'd lose my job. I obviously don't get paid for holidays and sick days. But the feeling of everything you achieve was down to you and yours alone to be proud of is very rewarding. Plus spending time with my clients in their own homes makes it a much more relaxed and friendly way to work. I think the obvious thing is I have actually found what I want to do with my life.
What sets you apart from other salons in your area?
My passion. I invest a lot in my training. I read a lot on the subject of nails. I go regularly to the CND centre, Sweet Squared, in Leeds to attend their demo days. I get very excited about all things nails. The tools, the products, the new colours, glitters, foils... You name it, I love it!