Winter 2022 Winners

Sequence Quincy Lynch

@manicnailsss

Queen Beauty Institute – Philadelphia, PA

Quincy, growing up, describes herself as creative with a very creative imagination, which she feels was one of the reasons she gravitated toward nail design as her passion very early on.  As a child, she was moved in and out of shelters and finally settled in with her grandmother, who became her constant caregiver.  Through all the inconsistencies in her life, the one constant was her obsession with nail art. She wanted to learn the correct way to use her creativity and also make this a passion she could make a career. She says that winning the scholarship will help fund her dream and without it, she was not sure she could have completed her studies.    Her dream is now becoming a reality.  You can check out her winning submission HERE.

Netara Rolle

@_t.tae

Genesis Career College – Nashville, TN

Netara is originally from Nassau, Bahamas and is currently a student in a nail technology program in Nashville, Tennessee.  “Natural nails are just as sexy and cool and chic as nail enhancements, and she wants to teach future professionals how to achieve any nail design that they desire without using harmful products or practices that can damage the nail.” The OPI scholarship will help her finish her studies, become a licensed nail tech and in return she wants to pave the way for future Bahamians to understand that becoming a nail tech is a viable career, and not just some side hustle.   Check out her submission HERE.

Shakeria Richardson

@kweenkouturenailbar

Cape Fear Community College – Wilmington, NC

Shakeria couldn’t be happier when she came across the Beauty Changes Lives, OPI Nail Technology Student Scholarship that she felt was made just for her.  The financial support would help her in the next step of being officially licensed.  She has spent years, performing nail services on her family and friends, from learning techniques and tips from YouTube.  She quickly realized that starting a business without being licensed in her field was a huge no-no, and she needed to get the proper training to make sure she was providing a safe environment for her clients.  She is currently in a nail technology program and is on her way to making her dream a reality.  Check out her submission HERE.

Isabel Williams

@innerbeautybyisabel

Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics – Lenexa, KS

Isabel remarks in her submission video that one of the influencers she follows is Vee Nailedit who has a channel on Youtube.  She loves how Vee gives tips and tricks on how to achieve glamourous, immaculate nails with precision.  She helps gives real world advice that not only helps teach you the correct application, but also the best tools and products to complete the finished look.  She says that when she becomes licensed she wants to use what she learned to give back just like Vee.  She hopes to inspire future professionals and support them on their journey to be the best at their craft.  Her main goal is to open her own studio to be able to continue being the best nail tech she can be!  Check out her OPI Scholarship submission HERE.

Fall 2021 Winners

Denise Johnson

@craftedby_deedee

Christine Valmy Intl. School of Esthetics and Cosmetology, Pine Brook, NJ

Mothering two daughters while pursuing a doctorate in education has taught Denise that she can dream big and achieve her goals. A nail influencer she admires and has been honored to work with is The Editorial Nail. And as this scholarship will allow new opportunities to blossom in her life, Denise imagines a nail lacquer aptly named “Blossom.” “Blossom big, blossom strong,” says Denise, noting that what started out as a hobby has evolved into a new platform of personal and professional growth. Watch her video here.

Kathyana Philippe

@tropiklawz

Topcurl Beauty Academy, Mitchellville, MD

More than a form of artistic expression, Kathyana views nails as a platform to tell a story. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Kathyana respects her parents’ work ethic and the sacrifices they made. Kathyana also respects the drive and work ethic of Ryan Renee, The Nail Doctor. “With this scholarship OPI is planting the financial seed and I will water my dream of becoming a nail professional and one day establishing my own nail empire,” says Kathyana.  Describing the name of a future nail color reflecting her personality, Kathyana describes “Vivacious Violet” as a combination of vibrant ambition, imagination, a regal grace among other attributes. Watch her video here.

Loryn Hubbard

@conceptnotvague

Phagans Cosmetology College, Bend OR

Being a Black male with tattoos in the nail industry, Loryn says he wants to break industry norms, and blend a sense of fun and boldness with detailed, precision design. He is inspired by nail influencer Trailer Nails. “Her work is very fun and cool while still being detailed,” he says. Imagining a future nail lacquer shade, Loryn describes “Diamonds R 4 Eva” as a holographic color that stands out and leaves a long-lasting impression on the industry. “This scholarship will relieve some of the cost of my nail program and the only thing I’ll have to worry about is perfecting my craft,” says Loryn. Watch his video here.

Sierra DuBose

@sirican23

Honolulu Nails & Aesthetics Academy, Honolulu, HI

Enrolling in nail school after working two jobs — as a teller at a credit union and a server in a Mexican restaurant — felt like coming home to the ultimate comfort, says Sierra. She is inspired by the texture and complicity of nail influencer Queen of Nails, but also by her work ethic and drive. “I can relate to the trials and tribulations that Queen of Nails shares,” says Sierra. Beyond providing financial support for her education, Sierra says winning the scholarship is a vote of confidence in her career. Imagining a future nail lacquer, Sierra describes “Show Up and Show Out” as a rich red color evocative of the holidays with glimmers of silver and gold. Watch her video here.