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Nail Artist Q&A: "Nailed Down!" with Serena Savala!
Welcome to NAILPRO's NAILED DOWN where we “nail down” the details of selected nail design artists from our User Galleries.
This week we visit Fresno, California.
Meet Serena Savala:
Where do you work?
I am a self employed nail technician at Serendipity Salon & Spa.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m very passionate about nails. I love to be creative and fun with my designs. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I try to stay up to date with the newest and latest nail trends. I am always looking to try new styles and will hopefully one day come up with something new of my own to share with the world!
Tell us about how you got started in the nail industry.
My interest started back in high school. My older sister and I used to do each other's nails. We loved coming up with different designs using polish, a line brush and a sponge. When I was dating my boyfriend (now husband), his sister was a licensed manicurist and she would do my nails. I was fascinated with her nail art. Her flowers were the best! I learned a lot by watching her. I’ve been doing my own nails for about 10 years now. I didn’t realize until about a year ago how much I really enjoy doing other people's nails, which is why I decided to finally get licensed and take this on as a career. I really love seeing the excitement on my clients' faces when I’m doing their nails!
What/Who inspires your work?
I get inspiration from magazines like NAILPRO, watching YouTube videos, Pinterest and Google. Also, there are so many talented nail technicians out there with such amazing work that it inspires me to think outside the box.
Are there any tool(s) you can't live without?
My glitters and a striping brush.
Do you have a favorite technique or style?
That’s a hard one because I love it all. I’d have to say rockstars. I love inlaying designs and using feathers. Water marbling is really neat, too!
What tip can you offer to other nail technicians?
Listen to your clients. Be open minded to new ideas and willing to try new things. Always look for ways to grow and improve.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Be a mentor! There are new nail techs out there craving for the knowledge and know-how, information and techniques. I remember how excited I was when I first started. When I mentor, the passion roars all over again!
Would you like to be featured in NAILED DOWN? Post images of your nail art to our User Gallery. We'll be highlighting outstanding artists based on those submissions! (minimum six pictures to qualify for consideration) NAILPRO reserves the right to edit submissions for length, grammar and clarity.