Trish Lomax Interview – The Iconic Nail Empress
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I’m originally from the Wirral. I have loved nails from a young age, attended my first nail course in 2000 where the nail legend Marian Newman was Education Director and was hooked, I continued to study everything nails whilst working as a marketing events coordinator. Due to me being so passionate about having a career in nails my life took a U turn – leaving everything behind and went on my mission to have a career in the nail industry.
I worked hard consistently and was driven by making my dream happen and not wanting to miss an opportunity – a chance meeting is when a door opened and the rest is history.
Where are you located?
I live in London, however work takes me everywhere and no day is the same, I can work anywhere London and surrounding Counties, I have also been requested to travel to the North of England, Oxford, Ireland, Europe and Paris, so I go where it is required.
What inspired you to become involved in the nail industry?
Basically my love affair with nails and for painting my nails. When I was little every week my nan would file and buff my nails using traditional chamois leather buffer and powder kit. I’m very fortunate to be able to have a career in something I am very passionate about, I have worked very hard to get to where I am today.
Being a session tech doesn’t feel like a job and I get to work with many, so many talented people.
As a celebrity manicurist you must have done nails in some strange situations. Is there one that sticks out at the most bizarre?
London Fashion Week in September for the Spring Summer Collections are usually the strangest – position wise as backstage can be very frantic with minimal space – you will usually find me hunched underneath the tables painting nails! Location wise I have manicured nails in the middle of a forest, in a derelict building with no facilities and with minimal lighting in the middle of winter. I have also primped and preened many a celeb in a precarious location van or Winnebago and once I even recall a moving vehicle!
What do you love most about your career?
Everything! love the fact that I get to work with so many talented and creative people, the variety of it, the freedom I get from it, not having to work everyday, my clients and being represented by LGA Management and because I get do something I really enjoy and be able to have a career out of it, it’s very satisfying and I’m very happy
As a Session Manicurist for Advertising, Beauty, Cover shoots and London Fashion Week you have worked with an array of high profile celebrities, photographers and PR companies. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing nails?
I honestly cannot answer this question as I genuinely don’t know, there is nothing else I would want to be doing other than what I am now.
You were previously a brand Ambassador for Dior Nail for the UK. What did that honour entail?
Apart from making everyone bow and call me Lady Ambassador Lomax (joke!)……. the best way I can describe it is that it was a consultancy role where I endorsed and promote the brand, my role as a session manicurist didn’t really change as such.
I have to say having been the first ever UK ambassador appointed for such a prestigious brand with so much heritage is a amazing achievement which I am very proud of.
Out of everyone in the world (regardless of era) whose nails would you like to do and why?
That is a tough question……Nefertiti because nail history goes way back to then, it is said she coloured her nails in ruby red, Cleopatra favoured crimson, plus I have always been interested in ancient Egypt.
Have nails gone mainstream or are they still to hit the masses?
Nails have definitely gone mainstream brands such as Nail Rock, Ciaté and nails inc. have made it easier for the consumer to access new tends more easily enabling them to jazz up outfits and accessorise things on a cheaper scale.
Minx Nails is a part of your repertoire, what effect is this Brand having on the industry?
I would have to say since Minx was launched it has allowed many to be more adventurous and expressive with the many designs they have.
You aren’t just about making nails beautiful, you are about making them healthy. What is the one bit of preventative advice you give most often?
Moisturise and maintain! Moisturising your hands nails and cuticles will keep the skin on your hands looking youthful, nails will remain flexible and cuticles nourished. Using a maintenance treatment will keep nails protected and maintained – whatever you put in you will definitely get great nails in return.
Filing your nails a few times a week with not only keep nails looking neat but it also stimulates nail growth.
What are the benefits of salon care versus caring for your nails at home?
The benefits of salon care is that you are having a treatment done by a professional and your also being pampered, whereas nail care from home will save you money and fit in with your lifestyle.
Any advice for those wanting to work with celebrities?
Always be professional, never ask for autographs or pictures, respect their privacy and the fact that their job makes them well known but that doesn’t mean you know them so never be too familiar and most of all don’t get star struck!
How do you feel about nail products that are tested on animals
Very unnecessary and a pet peeve for me any form of animal testing is a big no no since when have animals ever needed makeup or skincare products, on the flip side the products efficacy should be improved by testing on humans as for which they were intended.
In your professional opinion what is making nails such an important element of fashion?
Nails are a fashion accessory in themselves, you can express yourself using your nails as an fashion statement, match them to fashion prints, use them as a contrast and they are also be seen as a complement to fashion through their style and colour. Nails can create fashion, look at Marian Newman at Charlie le Mindu.
Film Maker, Steve Conway recently crafted a short and stunning film abut you, how did this come about?
Steve and I had been in discussions late last year about working together, I’ve know Steve for quite a few years and when he told me about his idea I wasn’t too sure on how I felt as it was out of my comfort zone however after seeing a another film giving me an idea of the concept…. How could I say no! The audio was recorded during an interview and over a day Steve followed my movements capturing footage creating a new generation style biography / short film about me and my career from start to date. I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result!
Can you give us a sneak peek into coming nail trends of 2013?
Colour wise green will be a big colour for 2013, emerald green, Jade and turquoises vibrant hues of blues and greens, with an injection of primary colours, resort / paradise island colours, corals, canary yellow, vibrant oranges – bold statement nails. Punchy jewel colours, ruby red.
Where would you like to see the industry in 5 years?
Nail Art has had a massive boost over the past few years but I think it will come a plateau, creatively is endless so it will always be there. I think the consumer has wised up a lot more to nails art, nail systems and nails in general. There has been a shift where the consumer is more interested in natural nail care and the longevity of the natural nail, using products such as gel polish, what it is, what it’s for and how the natural nail is left after removing a system. I definitely think natural nail care.
How do the nail industries differ around the world?
The Japan and Asia side creates intricate L&P, the skill set is off the scale. When it comes to freehand / flat nail art e.g. Sophie Harris-Greenslade – UK and US are both front runners. Product wise I think the US is more advanced when it comes to creating new systems.
Would you like to give a shout out to your fellow nail peeps?
There are so many people who I would love to give a shout out to but I’ll keep it to a minimum, Lorraine Griffin, Marian Newman, Adam Slee and my girls on my team each season at LFW Justine Crick, Holly Neilson, Leanne Steadman, Dina Andreou, Crystal Reygate, Courtney Barnes and Anna Lee. (The nail talent behind the scenes at Burberry SS14.)
All nails aside, what else gets you out of bed in the morning?
The fact I can’t lay in bed – as soon as I wake I’m up, that life’s for living and staying in beds not going to get you much out of life – maybe bedsores! Ha
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
There are so many superpowers I want! The ability to control time, (I would fast forward the times that dragged on and I wanted over and done with, slow down the ‘where’s the time gone’ to enjoy every moment, pause time to catch up on myself, time travel so I could experience life in different eras and make my morning rush hour traffic quicker!) and finally the ability to click my fingers to have things done in an instant and maybe play a trick or two if I were feeling a bit mischievous!
Thanks to Trish for answering our questions and sharing a little more about her amazing career. For more information visit her website and follow her on Twitter for exclusive behind the scenes photos.
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