Naja Sets New Guinness World Record
Naja’s world record will be featured in this season of LA Hair, WE tv’s reality show based in Los Angeles in which Naja is a key cast member.
Read Naja’s accomplishment in this Guinness World Records interview:
Where did the actual event take place?
We filmed the record setting event at the Kimble Hair Studio in West Hollywood, CA. The studio is owned by my close friend, famed hair stylist Kim Kimble who has been Beyoncé’s personal hair stylist for the last 17 years. It is also the set of LA Hair, the reality show on WE tv which I joined last year.
Who was in the audience?
The audience was composed of the 20 to 30 people continuously waiting in the reception area for their turn to be polished, and a few of the stylists that work at the salon. I had my assistant keep my work area clear and tried my best to just concentrate on the three people at hand. My strategy was to have three clients sit in front of me. I would have them sanitize their hands while I assessed their nail condition. This was tricky because in most cases this is just something I silently do for my own notes while giving them a manicure. In this case in order for the Guinness World Records representative to know I completed the step I had to give my valuation and condition of the nails out loud so all could hear.
How did you prepare for the 8-hour event?
I made sure I had a good night’s rest, I ate a big breakfast, and I did some stretching beforehand I knew I would be sitting for 8 hours straight.
What nail polishes did you choose for the event, and how did you make that choice?
My two favorite polishes to polish with are Deborah Lippman and Essie polish. Right out of beauty school I started using Essie polish. I find it very user-friendly. The bottle easily fits in my hand and I like the width and length of the brush. It’s my go-to polish on set when I normally am not polishing with a table and chair, but am often kneeling in between a hair and makeup person while the client is waving her hands, eating lunch and talking on the phone as I am trying to polish her nails.
That can be very challenging, so I am very serious when I select the brush with which I am going to polish my clients!
I would have loved to use the classic sheer “Madamoiselle,” but I chose “Twin Sweater Set,” a rich dark red, in case the client had troubled nails or pesky polish that I could not completely remove.
I also used my favorite bottom and top coats by Famous Names Products called “Lumos.” “Lumos” has a lightning speed top coat which is perfect for on-set work, fashion shows and Guinness World Record attempts.
I also used one of my new favorite products: The Valentino Beauty Pure machine. It captures nail dust and odors at the source. I feel it was a life saver in this 8 hour marathon of polishing and filing.
What nail polish were you wearing for this important event? Was that a hard decision?
I did not wear nail polish at all. Wearing polish would have a posed a problem when I was using polish remover to remove the participants’ polish as quick as possible. I opted for gel polish over acrylic nails. And, right now, I’m going through a black and white only nail craze. So I was wearing Essie gel polish in “Blizzard & Leather.”
Are there any other world records currently held in the category of nail polishing? What are they?
The most nails filed and varnished in 8 hours was 5,193 and was achieved by Beauty Connection Spa (UAE) at Dubai Mall, in Dubai, UAE, on February 14, 2014, but obviously this was by a large group and not an individual nail stylist.
How did you feel when you set the World Record?
I felt very accomplished and very proud! It was a really neat feeling to have created a nail polishing record to be included in world records. I also felt great satisfaction that I fulfilled my pioneering work ethic by setting a World Record.
Did the Guinness World Records representative have any comments about your performance?
Yes! Philip said was impressed with my efforts and really enjoyed himself. When he presented me with the certificate of setting a Guinness World Record he pointed out that not only did I follow the rules set forth by Guinness World Records and set the record with 69 total people filed and varnished, but I also serviced each client with superior customer service and attentiveness.
What did you receive from the Guinness World Records organization for setting the record?
I received an official framed Guinness World Records certificate, and my record will also be featured on their official Web site. The record may or may not be listed in the new edition of the GWR book which will be out on September 2014.
How do you expect being a Guinness World Records titleholder will impact your career?
Well, I am definitely qualified to teach people how to polish with speed and precision for maximum results, repeat customers and more income!
Huge Congratulations to The Naja on her incredible achievement & be sure to read Naja’s interview with Inspirationail. Stay tuned to as we’ll soon be revealing Naja predictions for the hottest nail styles of the Summer 2014!