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Nail Artist Q&A: "Nailed Down!" with Erlange Alouisaint!
Welcome to NAILPRO's NAILED DOWN where we “nail down” the details of selected nail design artists from our User Galleries.
This week we chat with a nail tech who makes her home in two Southern cities: Atlanta, GA and Sunrise, FL!
Meet Erlange Alouisaint:
Where do you work?
I'm the owner of Glazed Hair & Nails Spa in Oakland Park, FL. I also work at Salon Ramsey in Atlanta, GA. I travel back and forth!
How would you describe yourself?
I am a thriving nail artist who has been licensed for 9 years and I’m in love with my profession. I would say that I am very down to earth, caring, honest, and a hard worker. I can be a bit of a perfectionist sometimes as well.
Tell us about how you got started in the nail industry.
Well, In 2004 I attended Broward College majoring in Health Information Management. One summer, after I had completed all of my prerequisites, I applied to get into the HIM program. I waited for about a month for a response from the Health Program at the school. When I noticed that I hadn't gotten a response, I called the school. That’s when I was informed that I wasn’t accepted into the program because my GPA didn’t meet the requirements. At the time, my GPA was at a 2.3. The required GPA to get into the program was 2.5. However, when I had submitted the program application, it stated that the required GPA was a 2.0. Unfortunately, a new head of the Health Program came on board in the middle of the summer and changed the requirements to get into the Health Programs. I got really upset and quit school. But then I noticed that there was a beauty school called Margate School of Beauty down the street from the college. So I walked in there and asked, “what is the shortest program that you offer?" And they said the Nail Technician Program. So I said, "Where do I sign up!" At that time, I had zero knowledge about nails. But once I started, I fell in love.
What/Who inspires your work?
I’m inspired by a few people that I follow on social networks like Poochie, Mindy Hardy, Kandiyamz, and Nails by Regina.
Do you have any tool(s) you can't live without?
I can’t go without my stripper art brush, my cuticle cleaning brush, my emery board, and my drill.
Do you have a favorite technique or style?
My favorite technique is using the one ball method when applying acrylics on nails.
What is your funniest/craziest nail story?
My craziest nail story happened about 6 years ago. It was a really busy day at the salon. I was doing a full set of acrylics on a client. When I went to fill my dapping dish, I used acetone instead of monomer. I was so busy that I didn’t even notice what I had done until I went to file the nails and they felt like rubber. I sat back confused. Then I back tracked to think about what I had done differently, and that’s when I realized what I did. I told my client and she laughed and said, "It's okay, I know you’ve had a long day." That's one of my craziest/funniest moments!
What tip can you offer to other nail technicians?
I would say to never stop learning and educating yourself about the nail industry. Keep up with all the new products, styles, and techniques.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I would like to add that it is my dream to grow tremendously in the nail industry. And I would love to have the opportunities to work with celebrities, work on sets of commercials, movies, music videos, and photo-shoots for magazines.
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