Hey all! Hope you are ready for the amazing weekend ahead. Today, I'm bringing you the first post in my new monthly series, "Nail Files", which will feature one amazing local or international nail technician. My first post in the series features none other than Annabel Glaze, owner of Bella's Beautique right here in Jamaica. I first met Annabel 2 years ago while she operated her one woman nail art mobile business. Today, she has her own physical space where you can experience professional nail care services in a relaxing ambience. With celebrity clientele including Denyque and Kamila McDonald-Alcock, Annabel is the true definition of quality, and an incredible human being. 

A: Tell us about your career. How did you start Bella's Beautique? How did you discover your talent?

I used to always do my mother's nails. She was good at it, but she was just always impressed that whenever I did them, they would last longer. So while I was getting my Bachelor's degree in Statistics at UWI, she suggested I take a course and learn how to do them professionally to make money on the side. I did just that, and everything evolved from thereon. After being unfulfilled at a few jobs, I decided to form my own company, making nails my focus. From there, Bella's Beautique arose. 

A: What do you enjoy most about your career as a nail technician?

The thing I enjoy most is making my clients happy, and seeing the 'before' and 'after'. Nails have a way of changing someone's mood. Personally, I'm miserable when my nails are not on point. When they are, I feel like I can take on anything, and everything is good with the world again (lol). I see that with my clients as well, and I love being responsible for that. I love giving them their heart's desire, so that they're good to go. Whether it's short, long, simple, or fancy, I am pleased that they get exactly what they wanted. 

A: Who was/were your biggest inspiration/s that led you to do nails?

My mother really encouraged me to do nails because of my raw talent. Before I did the course and began to do nails myself, I would go to Clock Tower Plaza and get my nails done by Sheryl. I would always watch her, and I really admired her craft. I'm also very artistic. I can draw and paint, and I just really appreciated being a nail technician as an art. 

A: If you had the chance to do a celebrity's nails, who would it be and why?

If I had the chance to do one celebrity's nails, it would be Nicki Minaj's. She seems to love fun and creativity, and I would get a chance to really showcase my talent. Nicki also has a huge fan base, so that would be great exposure as well. 

A: What has been your personal key to success?

My personal key to success, which I think is the key to success in any industry, is to work hard, maintain consistency, and never forget where you are coming from. Many persons, once they've made it, they become complacent and forget what the business was all about in the first instance. Whatever you do, whatever good or service you provide, treat it as just that, whether you are just starting or you've been doing it for some time. 

A: What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge was transitioning from house calls to an actual space. With the support of my loyal customers however, I have built back my client base, and I'm now back on track.

A: If you could own one bottle of nail polish for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

I typically wear different shades of pinks, reds, and french manicures. But having said that, if I could only own one bottle of polish for the rest of my life, it would have to be a white. White is so clean and timeless. I don't put it on often, but when I do, I can't stop staring at my nails. 

A: Describe a typical day for Bella.

I am a mom of 3. I have 2 daughters - 10 years old and 8 months old, and a son who's 6. My typical day is really balancing being a mom and an entrepreneur. Anyone that comes to my nail shop has been a part of this experience (lol).

A: What are some of your goals for the future?

I plan to expand my services and become more of a "one stop". A lot of my customers ask about other services, so I see the need to provide it.

A: Any words of encouragement for upcoming nail technicians?

To any upcoming nail technicians, I would say practice makes perfect. Practise on your friends and family first to help gain technique and speed. Research nail trends in order to stay current, and don't ever cut corners (or cuticles. Lol. Corny, yes, but true. Cuticles are there to protect the nail bed. Only trim hanging cuticle). But back to the point. There is a good living to be made in this industry -take it seriously and hone your craft. Strive for excellence, and everything else will fall into place. 

Find Bella's Beautique on Instagram - @bellasbeautiqueja

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