Nailpro 30 Under 30 Winner Spotlight: Ellen Joe

Nailpro 30 Under 30 winner Ellen Joe
Nailpro 30 Under 30 winner Ellen Joe
Courtesy of @glamelnails

30 Under 30 Spotlight: Ellen Joe 

Ellen Joe (@glamelnails), owner of GlamEl Nail Studio, is based in Zimbabwe, Africa. 

Read our November/December 2022 digital magazine to see the complete list of 30 Under 30 winners.


Nailpro 30 Under 30 winner Ellen Joe Nailpro 30 Under 30 winner Ellen JoeNailpro (NP): Tell me a little bit about yourself! How did you get started, and why did you choose to become a nail tech?

Ellen Joe (EJ): I started off as a full time beautician, then later realized that I enjoy doing nails more. 

NP: What is the toughest part about your job as a nail technician/nail artist/salon owner?

EJ: Because we are service providers, even on your bad days, you still need to maintain your aura, regardless of how you feel on the day.

NP: What do you love about your job?

EJ: I get to meet different people in different fields, which allows me to have different views on certain things.

NP: Where do you find inspiration?

EJ: I get inspiration from wanting to be better. 

NP: What is a piece of advice you would give other nail technicians who are just getting started?

EJ: I would advise them not to give up and to hold on to the reason why they started. Also, having the urge of wanting to grow is very important. 

NP: What is a tip you have about any technique, service, business, etc.?

EJ: Always practice and evolve.

NP: What is your favorite nail trend right now?

EJ: My all time and current favorite nail trend is reverse French technique. 

NP: What is your favorite service to offer?

EJ: My favorite service to offer is definitely acrylics. 

NP: Who is your role model?

EJ: My role model is Evon Yen Vuong (@nailsby_evon). 

NP: What is one of your proudest achievements as a nail tech? 

Nails by Ellen JoeNails by Ellen JoeEJ: Being able to give other young people a chance to be the best they can through employment. 

NP: What do you love about the nail community/industry?

EJ: What I love about the nail community is that everything is always evolving. It’s not a boring career. 

NP: What are your top goals as a nail tech?

EJ: My top goal is to have a franchise in every country.

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