Melissa Bozant Interview – Nail Tech With A Cause

By Inspirationail

Melissa BozantWebsite & Places you can find me online:
Websites: |
Twitter: @FredSegalNails
Facebook: Melissa Bozant
Next Models: Melissa Bozant

Where are you located?
Now in Santa Monica featuring (The Nail Studio) inside Fred Segal Salon.

What inspired you into the world of nails?
My family has been in the beauty industry since I was 16 years old. It was a passion for art first then color second and loving to paint first and foremost.

It’s not just about fashion and beauty for you, your work also has a cause – curing cancer (& we really respect that). Can you tell us about your involvement and the pamper days you donate to cancer survivors?
A good friend inspired me to give back, so I created a pamper day just for cancer survivors. The look on the faces of all the ladies as they enjoyed being treated.

If others in the industry want to get involved, who should they contact?
They could contact me directly via my email.

Melissa with Denise Robert’s and Lisa Rena at the first Pamper Lounge for Breast Cancer Survivors.

Pamper Lounge for Breast Cancer Survivors

On a lighter note, you’ve worked with a colourful list of celebrity clients and we are guessing that means doing nails under some very strange circumstances. Where is the most bizarre place you’ve ever given a manicure?
Umm once for Vogue we had to do nails in this house with no lights. Just to get to it took over 45 minutes. Hot as the desert, no area to sit anything down. I had to stand and pray the polish would dry and not melt it was so hot in Topanga Canyon.

Of course the images came out great you would never know some of the things we go through to get a job done.

What are your favourite products?
Love CND Shellac it’s great, and Gelish as well, China Glaze Ruby Slippers and my new love is Illamasqua, the colors are the best.

How does Minx differ from other nail companies?
Minx is a very different the product with a variety of colors. The product is flexible and easy to work with, you can add gems, polish, gels, it’s amazing.

Melissa's Website

What effect is Minx having in the Nail world?
It has given us a different option for nail art for those who are not very good at art. They can master the nail wraps and give the client a great experience. I love that we have other services to offer clients and give the professionals more products with high price points.

Out of everyone in the world (regardless of era) whose nails would you like to do and why?
Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball, they are legends. After doing a vlogger event I was blessed to do nails in the I Love Lucy Room at the Hollywood Museum home of Max Factor.

We know it’s a difficult industry, but do you have any advice for nail techs aspiring to work the celeb circuit?
We are hosting a workshop in the New Year and it’s a great industry to work in. Keep your kit up to date, stay current on trends and brands look for our “How To Build Your Portfolio” Workshop.

I want to give to others what I have learned. it’s not easy, but it’s fun and very rewarding.

Melissa's Website

You’ve been in the nail industry for over ten years, do you see a trend towards more ethical & ecologic products?
More eco products for sure. We are going towards more natural products.

What are the benefits of salon care versus caring for your nails at home?
In salon we have more professional products, but doing your nails at home is great to maintain.

Which nail products do you use on your own nails at home?
I use natural tea tree oil, lavender oil and OSEA hand and skin cream.

What do you think will be the hot nail trends for 2012?
I see more tribal art work, more blocking and abstract glitter. Gems are in big demand, being from Louisiana with the Indian background I love the tribal it’s a very nice touch.

Melissa's Website

All nails aside, what else gets you out of bed in the morning?
I love to start early in the day. I rise at 5:30am to a walk or Yoga and meditate for a good 45 minutes with tea. This is going to be a great year ahead, so I’m looking forward to the tribal art flourishing again.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
The Power To End Cancer. 😉

Many Thanks

Thanks to Melissa for answering our questions and sharing a little more about her and what she does. To learn more about her and her work be sure to visit their website

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