OPI Pro Spotlight: Ann Chang of @TheNailTipsShow_ on Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
This month we are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by highlighting members of our #AAPI community with nail art inspired by their culture. First up Ann Chang of cult YouTube channel @thenailtipsshow_ shares this bright look inspired by her heritage. Watch the video tutorial below and read on to see how to get the look.
OPI: Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a nail pro?
AC: I began doing nails out of necessity to provide for my family. This opportunity was accessible to me while I was in my early 20s. As I began to fall in love with becoming a nail technician, I eventually opened a salon and learned a lot about running the business. It allowed me to see the industry from both the perspective as a nail technician and a business owner. Although I don’t own a salon anymore, it opened doors for me to become an educator. It showed me that I could take the next step to share my passion with others!
OPI: Your YouTube Channel, The Nail Tips Show has gained quite a following, do you have any advice for those looking to start a channel?
AC: My husband, Tom, and I began doing YouTube videos to share our knowledge. We combined our skills with video production and nail education to simply share with others our passions. I would say if you are looking to start a YouTube Channel, my best tip is to just start by making videos you love to share. Don’t be concerned with the metrics and your equipment, follow what you love and the audience will follow!
OPI: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
AC: let my inspiration take its own course. Sometimes it’s seeing a pretty pattern on a shirt or an elaborate flower arrangement. I have drawn inspiration through conversations with others. I also love seeing what is trending and I play with the ideas to put my own twist on it. I allow myself to stay open to any possibility of new ideas because you never know what might spark your next art look!
OPI: May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, what are some ways to celebrate and learn more about Asian and Asian American cultures? What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to you?
AC: The first thing that comes to mind for celebrating and learning about Asian culture is food. Our food will inform you a lot about our culture and what we value, which is community and family. My Vietnamese and Chinese traditions heavily revolve around homemade meals, created with family. To me, that is the best way to honor our heritage. AAPI Heritage Month means taking the time to appreciate our Asian community who came before me and paved the way for me to be where I am today, especially in the nail industry. They sacrificed for us in ways that others outside of our community could never understand. I am grateful for them and I hope to continue doing the same for others.
OPI: What does support for the Asian and Asian American community mean to you?
AC: It means acknowledging the differences between the Asian cultures. It means paying for our services in full. It means respecting our culture and our people. It also means taking the time to know our stories and our communities. I believe learning about people who are different than you opens your heart and your mind to see things that you haven’t before. So become curious and learn more about people that you may not typically see in your own circle.
OPI: In response to the current hate crimes, what do you feel we as a brand and as a company can do to better support?
AC: The biggest sign of unity is to speak out against hate crimes. It is important that companies with a large platform utilize their own resources, power, and reach to make a stance, especially in an industry that is made up with people of color. In the midst of the horrible events happening to our Asian-American community, it is more crucial now more than ever to bridge the gap for others to know our stories and our struggles.
OPI: What strengths do you feel the nail industry has in terms of diversity and inclusion? What are some areas in which we can do better in your opinion?
AC: The nail industry is unique in that it embodies such an amazing community full of hungry and talented creatives from all backgrounds, all ethnicities, and from all over the world. I believe that the industry can invest more resources into educators with all different backgrounds and skills to be represented throughout all levels in the companies.
OPI: What do you think nail color companies can do to lead the way for meaningful discussion and substantial change?
AC: I believe Nail companies can provide more accessible resources for those who are becoming nail technicians. It speaks volumes when those with different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences can represent the consumers and educators and companies can provide the platform for their voices to be amplified. This is where representation matters.
OPI: What role do you think you can play in opening doors for others?
AC: I am a huge advocate for nail education. Education is what leads nail artists to understand products better, creating longevity in their careers, and ultimately create a better livelihood. I am so lucky to have mentors speak into my life that got me to where I am today. I want to pay it forward to elevate the industry as a whole.
OPI: What’s next on your list of accomplishments?
AC: I would love to continue doing more of what I love, which is educating other nail technicians. I want to spark confidence within others as they navigate their nail journey. It’s the best part of being a nail educator!
1. Apply 1 coat of OPI GelColor Stay Strong Base Coat. Cure 30 seconds in the OPI LED Light.
2. Apply 2 coats of OPI GelColor Alpine Snow. Cure each layer 30 seconds.
3. Use OPI GelColors My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants, and Lima Tell You About this Color! To create an abstract look with streaks of color in various places. Cure 30 seconds.
4. Apply gold flakes around the nail.
5. Apply 1 coat of OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat, and cure 30 seconds.
6. Use OPI GelColor In the Cable Car-Pool Lane and Alpine Snow to create the flower shapes. Then add the gold beads on the flower to accent before curing. Cure 30 seconds.
7. Apply a second coat of OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat. Cure 30 seconds.
8. Remove the inhibition layer by using an Expert Touch Nail Wipe saturated with N.A.S. 99.
9. Use OPI GelColor Alpine Snow and a thin nail art brush to create small semi-circle lines around the flowers. Before curing, sprinkle OPI Powder Perfection Clear Color Set over the top to add texture. Tap off any excess powder, and cure 30 seconds. Remove any excess dust with a clean cosmetic brush to complete the look.