Sunday, October 30, 2011

RIP Tom Holcomb

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Tom Holcomb earlier today.

Tom was the greatest nail technician in the history of the industry. Tom's successes include 10 times World Champion, 5 times Japan Master, 2 times International Champion in Düsseldorf and 2 times International Champion in Munich. In total, Tom won more than 200 competitions during his 26 year career.

Tom was the Creative Director of EZ Flow and later was a co-founder of Entity Systems. Tom educated many thousands of nail technicians during his career and his students - which includes many competition champions - will remember Tom for his tremendous skill, his humour, kindness and humility.

We never had the great fortune to meet Tom - but he inspired Iryna who followed his successes while she was a young nail tech in Ukraine and he has always been her nail idol. She created the tips today as her tribute to the great man.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Düsseldorf - here they come!

Congratulations to Viktoria Prihodko and Olena Shuhtina for winning the acrylic and gel categories in the Estonian national nail competitions on 8th October 2011 in Tallinn. Now both Viktoria and Olena will represent Estonia at the International Nail Championship, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March 2012.

Both Viktoria and Olena are Global Educators for the Iryna Giblett Nail Academy, and are photographed at their salon and training center in Tallinn. As you can see, Iryna offered her services as a model ;-)

As you can imagine, it's very unusual that both the acrylic and gel champions work together in the same company. We are so happy for them both and look forward to supporting them in Germany next year!