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Q&A

FROM THE HEART

It may surprise you to learn that NFL pro Eric Berry is the man behind
professional nail product brand Medusa (medusanails.com), but the former
Kansas City Chiefs safety is committed to meeting nail techs' and clients'
needs. Launched in early 2019, Medusa offers a comprehensive nail system,
which includes more than 125 shades of gel color, eight overlay foundation
gels, as well as tools, forms, brushes and lamps. Here, we talked to Berry about
why he decided to launch Medusa, how the company is helping nail techs
become more successful and what's next for the brand.
NAILPRO: Tell us about your inspiration to launch Medusa.
Eric Berry: "As a kid, I was always at the beauty salon with my mom
and grandma when I wasn't on the football field with my friends. I saw
the importance of product quality for not only the nail techs, but also the
customers, and what it means for the artists to be able to create and innovate.
I wanted to be able to bring high-quality products to the table that are
accessible to all nail techs. When we were developing the line, I brought my
dad with me to Germany, where our products are made, to pick out the initial
125 colors. He has a natural eye for color since he's a painter. We spent more
than 10 hours picking out the shades, but it was worth it!"
NP: What are the differentiating features of the products?b
EB: "Medusa gels are control gels, which means the gel won't move from
where you place it. That allows the technician to have full control over the
product, not the other way around. Our products are made in precision labs
located in Germany using the newest technology and trends. They're full of
vibrant pigment and can be intense in their pure form or custom blended,
allowing techs to create many more shades than what's in our collection. Our
products are also nontoxic, vegan, cruelty-free and durable."

COURTESY OF ERIC BERRY; PEAR NOVA

NP: Does Medusa offer any education?b
EB: "We have in-person classes twice a month that equip nail techs with the
necessary skills to expand their creativity, from the starter tech to the most
advanced. We will also be offering online tutorials."

From left:
Medusa founder
and NFL pro Eric
Berry and his
grandmother;
Berry with his
parents.

LAUNCH

New
Formulations
Fashion-forward nail lacquer brand Pear
Nova (pearnova.com) has expanded
into gel polish with the release of the
Pear Nova Gel Lacquer collection. Pear
Nova founder Rachel James launched
the collection with 12 timeless shades-
from sheer pink Novacaine to charcoal
holographic shimmer After Party-that are
suitable to wear year-round. "The new
Pear Nova Gel Lacquer offers everything
that you want in gel polish without the
things you don't," says James. "The line
features a sleek design and all of the
things that you have come to know and
love about the Pear Nova brand: still
vegan, still cruelty-free and now in a longwear, 10-free gel formula."

NEWS

FICA Tax Tip Legislation
Introduced in the Senate
Thanks to industry advocates, FICA tax tip
legislation S.2634 has been introduced in
the Senate. The bill, which is the Senate
companion to H.R. 1349, will provide
salon and spa owners with a dollar-fordollar tax credit on FICA taxes paid on
employee tips-a credit small business
owners can use to reinvest in their salons
and the industry. The Professional Beauty
Association is asking beauty pros to
take action now to tell their senators to
cosponsor S.2634 for fair taxes for salons
and spas. To learn more, send a letter
to congress or make a donation, visit
probeauty.org/fica.

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