30 Under 30: Paola Ponce

We scouted some of the best 20-something nail pros for our first-ever 30 Under 30 awards. Get to know one of our winners, freelance manicurist Paola Ponce!

While veteran nail techs remain invaluable resources because of their experience, there’s a new crop of talented young artists who are turning the nail industry upside down. So, we decided to scout some of the best 20-something nail pros for our first-ever 30 Under 30 awards. Get to know one of our winners, freelance manicurist Paola Ponce!

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Paola Ponce
Age: 29
Salon: Freelance

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Before beginning her professional career, Ponce could never find a go-to nail artist to entrust with her natural nails, so with a bit of research, DIY nail products and YouTube tutorials, Ponce engulfed herself into the world of nails. Fast-forward 10 years later, when she now teaches her own educational courses on Japanese soft gels and proper application. Specializing in cuticle cuff nail art and self-leveling clear gels—which she opts for Bio Sculpture Gel—Ponce looks to Jaime Schrabeck for career advice. “She is one person who has mentored me in the nail industry and runs her business like no other,” Ponce says.

 

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