Inspirational industry professionals you should be following

If you are a social media lover and look to platforms such as Instagram for some much needed inspiration, this is the blog for you. Whether you are just starting your business or are already a very successful business person, sometimes we all need a bit of an uplift and someone to look to for some motivation.

Katie Barnes

Award winning nail artist and trainer, Katie Barnes has gone from strength to strength in her career. Starting as a beauty therapist, she then started to specialise in nails with the help of Ellisons Academy courses. She is now a very successful business owner and trainer, as well as working alongside UK’s leading nail magazine Scratch, writing as a columnist and for their blog.

This year, Katie graced the cover of Scratch magazine, not only as the model but also as her own hair, make up and nail artist. This lady is seriously talented.

Take a look at Katie’s work and take some inspiration from her  Instagram or check out the interview we had with her earlier this year here.


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Jay Jay Revlon – Guys that Nail it

Earlier this year, Jay Jay Revlon launched Guys That Nail It, London’s first male-only nail bar.

“I wanted to create a space for people who don’t feel like they fit in.” he said. “I used to go into nail bars and girls would stare at me as if to say ‘What’s he doing here?’ Peckham is saturated with nail salons but you’ll rarely see a man in them.”

Jay Jay is not only an inspiration to men to inspire them to take pride in their appearance, but also to creatives and industry professional, helping them to think outside the box, reinvent the wheel and believe in themselves.

Find out more about Jay Jay Revlon and and Guys that Nail It via his Instagram page, and take a read of our interview with the man himself on our blog.


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French and Drench

The team at French and Drench offer fabulous manicure and a flexible mobile service in your own home for those working women and busy mums. Jo Tompkins, founder of French and Drench, recently won Scratch magazines Mobile Nailist of the year 2018 and specialises in CND Shellac, bridal nails and gorgeous nail art.

Check out their Instagram for some beautiful nail inspo.


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Tammy @ NAF! Salon

Owner of NAF! Salon, Columnist for Scratch magazine and ultimate nail boss, Tammy has built a super successful business which keeps on growing. With over 50k followers on the salons Instagram, features in Vogue, Stylist and Elle as well as a concession in Glasgow’s Topshop, NAF! Salon and owner Tammy are definitely worth a follow.


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Effin Hair

For all the princess hair inspiration you need, look no further than Effin Hair Instagram. The hair extension genius creates the most beautiful healthy looking hair using her own branded extensions and weaves.


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Laura May Stevens

For colour, cuts and funky up do’s, Laura May Stevens is your girl. Ranging from crazy colours to gorgeous natural shades, her Instagram is a perfect portfolio of all things hair.


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Jayne Cooper

St.Tropez’s Global Training and Education manager, Jayne Cooper is known as a ‘Tanning Expert’ throughout the industry and has worked on huge projects such as London Fashion Week. Follow St.Tropez on Instagram and check out their stories for Jayne’s top tips or read our blog to learn more about Jayne and how she became a trainer at the UK’s leading tanning brand.


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Who do you look to for inspiration? Let us know in the comments or  on Instagram. Or, if you think your Instagram page is pretty inspirational and would like to show it off, tag us on Instagram, we would love to see your work.

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