OPI Pro Spotlight: @sassynailsss
Sabrina (@sassynailsss), our September PRO Spotlight pick, has been doing nails since 2013.
Not only has she polished her skills over the years, resulting in stunning, colorful designs, but she’s also gained wisdom on creating work-life balance. In our interview below, she shares her tips for working in the industry, plus her strategy for choosing color combos and her fave Fall Wonders shade.
OPI: What inspired you to become a nail artist?
OPI: Which shade from our new Fall Wonders collection are you most excited to try?
Sabrina: I am most excited to try “Peace or Mined”. I believe 2022 is the year for all of the neutrals and has been my client's go-to this year. It’s simple and classy and I think will give your nails that clean look that everybody loves.
OPI: Your nail art designs are stunning and so colorful! How did you learn to create nail art for clients?
OPI: What advice would you give other nail artists who are just starting their journeys?
Sabrina: My advice would be to not be so hard on yourself and give yourself time. Practice makes perfect and it comes with time and patience. Don’t worry about how fast another nail artist is compared to you. As long as you are making sure to put out quality work, you will always be successful because your clients will appreciate it! Always try new things and keep up with the trends and make sure to challenge yourself. If you can do those things while keeping a good relationship with your clients, then you will be successful.
OPI: What nail art trends are you predicting this Fall?
OPI: What is your favorite technique to create the perfect Gel mani?
Sabrina: I believe the perfect mani consists of good prep work and cuticle clean up along with perfect shaping and smooth application. Find which shape suits your client's hands and fingers best and always make sure to be diligent and clean with your polishing. Clients love their nails to look clean and well-manicured and I believe clean nails will always make your work look so much more appealing.
OPI: The color combos you use in your nail art really pop! How do you choose which colors will work well together?
OPI: How do you create work-life balance for yourself, in an ever-growing and busy industry?
Sabrina: Over the years I have learned that the best way to do this is to set boundaries. With a very fast-growing clientele, I found it very exciting at first but later on it was very difficult to find room for new appointments and it took away from my personal life. I realized I needed to make a change or I was going to get burnt out on doing what I love. So now I have my set work hours and make sure to take some weekends off and block off time for vacations. We are not meant to run like machines and it is important and healthy to have a balance of work and fun. Every now and then I do catch myself not sticking to my boundaries but I am lucky to have clients that remind me that I need to give myself a break.
OPI: How do you practice mindfulness and take care of yourself as a nail tech, when your work day gets stressful?
Be sure to follow Sabrina AKA @sassynailsss on Instagram.