A wise nail tech is always learning new techniques – like this gel owl done by nail artist...
Spotlight on... NAILPRO Competition Winner: Azumi Kanene!
Where do you work?
I am owner of Azumi Nail in Oahu, Hawaii.
Tell us about how you got started in the nail industry.
I started learning nails when I was 19, just doing my own nails. After 3 years, my grandmother got cancer and I was taking care of her in the hospital, and I sometimes did her nails. She couldn't go out, so I'd put a cherry blossom or some other seasonal nail art on her nails. After she passed away, I became a nail tech for real. I used to work in TV and radio, but I quit it all. I wanted to be great nail tech for my grandmother. So, I went to school again to learn more nails.
What/Who inspires your work?
Which tool(s) can't you live without?
Nipper and acrylic brushes, especially one brush Tom Holcomb gave to me. It is my lucky charm!
What is your favorite technique or style?
French acrylic nails, cute gel art.
What tip can you offer to other nail competitors?
Believe in yourself and your dreams will come true. First, my dream was winning at a NAILPRO competition, and second was doing nails for NAILPRO magazine. Now my dream is being a NAILPRO champion!
I always believe in myself and practice as much as I can. I always try my best. I hope my dream will come true! Never give up!