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PLAYING TO WIN

Cassandra Clark

PHOTOGRAPHY: CODY KINSFATHER; MAKEUP: JONATHAN KRUGMAN; HAIR: ALLEN RUIZ; COURTESY
OF CASSANDRA CLARK; COURTESY OF OPI

Nail artist Cassandra Clark decided to take a risk when she submitted her collection
to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)-opting for black-and-white
photography in a category that typically reveres color. But her risk paid off when
she took top honors at NAHA, hosted by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)
in January at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, during
ISSE. Here, the Aubrey, Texas-based Nail Professional of the Year shares her
inspiration for creating her winning NAHA entry.

OPI recently launched a new mobileoptimized website for professional nail
techs: opi.com/opi-professionals.bThe
site's education hub offers a vast
array of professional nail education
content, including product usage and
benefits, pro tips, nail art, tutorials and
troubleshooting tips. Online classes
are designed to motivate, encourage
and entertain pros with fun features like
reward badges and interactive quizzes.
Users can also learn how to become
an OPI educator and shop the brand's
latest color collections.b"By creating a
more dynamic space for professionals,
we hope to increase an already strong
loyalty from our OPI professionals,"
saysbSigourney Nuñez, OPI global
educator.b"We want to shape this
community and bring value by helping
talented entrepreneurs build their
businesses, their skill sets and their
depth of knowledge."b NP

NAILPRO: Tell us about your professional background. 
Cassandra Clark: "I have more than 22 years of experience as a licensed
nail technician, and I specialize in sculpted acrylic; nail art came into the
picture about eight years ago. I've been participating in NAHA for the past six
years, and I'm fortunate to have been a finalist all six-I'm even more fortunate
to have won twice!"
NP: What does it mean to you to win this award?
CC: "Winning is the icing on the cake. It's such an honor to be included as a
finalist in this competition. So much work goes into getting a collection put
together, from concept to finished product. To have it recognized at that level is
something truly special."
NP: What was your inspiration for creating the winning looks?
CC: "The inspiration came from the plan to shoot in black and white. I was initially
nervous to attempt this for a nail-focused editorial because it hadn't been done
before. As nail professionals, we think and create so much in color. Doing a blackand-white collection felt bold and risky, but I'm so proud of what was created."
NP: How did you create the nails?
CC: "All three sets had variations of black-and-white marble, black line work, black
matte and embellishments. I used full-coverage blank press-on nails for a majority
of the nails created for this collection. This allowed me to take my time working on
the art and shaping the nails properly. As for the extralong stiletto nails, I devised
a way to sculpt those over my own fingers in such a way that they could be easily
removed, and I used them as custom press-ons for the shoot."

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