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Get Competition Confident

Entering a competition can be very nerve racking and stressful but also very rewarding. If you feel like you have the skills to create high standard competition nails then its time to get competition confident.

Nail competitions involve time, careful planning and precise preparation. You will need to be aware that the standards are very high and it may take a long time to get to the top but with hard work and determination winning is something that can be achieved.

Create a plan: Think about what it is you would like to acheive out of entering a competition? Is the winning, to have your skills recoginsed or is it mainly for the experience? Competing is not just about the winning, from entering competitions it can benefit your salon nails by making you take a good look at the nails you are producing and start to adapt your competition techniques with your salon techniques.

Decide where you want to compete: Take a look around at the different competitions in your area and decide which is best for you. What are your best skills? This will help to determine which category is best for you. Categories can range from Tip and overlay using Acrylic to Manicure to nail art. It is important that you find the category to fit in with your skills.

What are the judges looking for?: Doing your research into what the judges are looking for is the best thing that you can do. Speak to other technicians who have competed before and take a look at how the score sheets work and use this to set your goals. Taking a one-to-one with someone who has competed before can help boost your confidence and will give you the opportunity to ask questions and go over your technique. Master classes are also available to go over what the judges are looking for. Click here for more information on Master Classes.

Start to practice months prior to the competition: It is very important that you spend as much time as you can practice to the same criteria that has been set by the judges. Set your self practice times where you will have no interruptions. Time your self and how long it takes you to finish your nails. Avoid over practicing on the same model, when you apply and remove enhancements continuously over a short period of time it can lead to trauma marks on the nail.

Keep a positive mindset: Having a bad attitude about your work will only leave you feeling frustrated. If you are still feeling unsure about anything make sure you have enough time to sort this out through speaking to a professional or taking a one-to-one. This should help remove any doubt in your self.