Hazel Dixon

Founder & Owner of the Hazel Dixon Nail Artist Academy

How the HD Nail Artist Academy was started!  
                                             
Before training as a nail technician i really had no idea what i wanted to do after having my 3 children. I have always loved art and drawing but never really considered nails as a career because all i had ever seen was the traditional pink & white nails, which if i am honest did'nt appeal to me.....untill one day; i noticed a lady with sparkly glitter tips and that grabbed my attention and i started looking into doing nails. 
                                                                                                                                   
I researched different courses and found a reputable nail company where i booked on a 5 day acrylic beginner course. I will admit it was so much harder than i thought it was going to be but i kept at it and passed in March 2006. Since then i have completed lots of courses and my NVQ LVL 3, i strive to get myself the best education, learn the latest techniques and update my skills on a regular basis to ensure i can provide my clients and students alike with the best service possible. 
                                                                                                                                                                       
One of the major things i have learnt over the years is not to under estimate the power of education, it has been an invaluable tool that has seen my salon grow and grow even in a recession. In this industry there is always something new & exciting to learn and clients are always looking for something new.
                                                                                                                                     
Another thing that has helped me learn a lot more about nails is competing in national and international competitions. I first started competing in March 2009 when i entered the Uk National Competition, i was encouraged to enter this by a nail technician friend and i felt that doing it would be a great learning tool as i would get feedback from the judges on the standard of my work. Since then i have got addicted !! i love competing and although it takes a lot of practice, hard work and dedication it defiantly pays off in the end. Since winning my very first trophy in the Fancy French Category in 2009, i now have another 30 plus national and international awards. Competing helps me to keep my skills polished and i learn so much from every one that i enter.
                                                                                                                                                     
My proudest moments to date are winning the Uk Nail Art Championships 2011 and later that year the 2 silver medals i won at the International Nailympics Competition. I have represented the UK at the nailympics 2012,2013, 2014 & 2015 and am so happy to say that i won UK TOP TECH 2012,2013 & 2015!!​ I have been nominated for several Industry awards the last couple of years like the prestigious Nail Professional of the Year Award, Scratch stars Nail stylist of the year and mixed media nail artist of the year. In March 2014 i achieved one of my goals by winning Nail Professional of the Year 2014 !!!! Winning this award has meant so much to me as i feel i have been recognised for the hard work, dedication and passion i have for this wonderful industry, so to win it again in 2016 was a dream come true :)
                                                                                                                                       
The main reason for setting up my academy was I feel i have learnt so much and i now want to pass on these skills, knowledge and passion i have for nails to you. I am an independent educator and I have developed a full range of courses and workshop training days available for beginners through to advanced so there is something for everyone. All my beginner, progression and e-file courses are accredited by Professional Beauty, one of the UK's leading trade & insurance companies. This means upon successful completion of one of these courses, you will be able to gain the necessary insurance needed to work as a nail technician. 
                                                                                                                                           
I am very proud to say that in 2014 i launched my own exclusive range of brushes, these have been customised to my specifications. After years of experience i decided to develop a range that would make the nail techs life a lot easier. Take a look at the Hazel Dixon collection plus we also sell high quality products like Akzentz Professional gels to ensure we can bring you the very best product lines at our on-line store www.hazeldixonnails.com 
                                                                                                                                         
In 2016 i partnered up with some amazing Nail Technicians that are now offering the HD Nail Artist Academy Education. 
Fereida Lydiate is the Head educator in Manchester for all HD Courses and we will be launching more later this year ! Exciting times ahead.
                                                                                                                                           
If you have any questions or queries or just want some advice then please feel free to get in touch via the contact page.
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We look forward to hearing from you
Hazel Dixon x

QUALIFICATIONS

CND acrylic foundation training course (Mar 2006)
Ezflow gel nails training course (Apr 2007)
Ezflow pedicure training course (Apr 2007)
Ezflow acrylic training course (June 2007)
Ezflow colour design training course (Oct 2007)
Ezflow hd acrylic training course (Oct 2007)
Ezflow design seminar training (Nov 2007)
Ezflow gel master artist training course (Nov 2007)
Ezflow master artist design training course (Dec 2007)
Ezflow acrylic master artist training course (Feb 2008)
Ezflow competition training (Apr 2008)
Sam Biddle fantasy training course (Apr 2008)
NSI remedial treatments training (July 2008)
Ezflow gel design training (Nov 2008)
Ezflow master artist gel design training (Dec 2008)
Denise Wright academy- competition training ( Nov 2010)
Crystal nails one stroke level 1 training (Apr 2011)
Crystal nails one stroke level 2 training (Apr 2011)
Denise Wright academy competition training (July 2011)
Crystal nails colour acrylic & 3d training (Aug 2011) 
NVQ L3 Nail services Gel & Acrylic (Nov 2011)
BTEC L4 PTLLS Teaching Qualification (Jan 2012) 
Crystal Nails 6 days Master Training in Hungary (Aug 2012)
Crystal Nail Master Educator (Aug 2012)
Crystal Nails Aquarelle Workshop (Jan 2013) 
Nail Artists Training – One Stroke Art advanced (feb 2013) 
Nail Artists Training – Advanced acrylic 3d design (Feb 2013)
Nail Artists Training – Gel design (Feb. 2013) 
R&D for Nail Systems International (may 2013 – present)
Crystal Nails – Aquarelle nail art (Aug 2013) 
Crystal Nails – Gel & aquarelle nail art ( Aug 2013)
Crystal Nails – Gel/Aquarelle/hand paint design ( Sept 2013)
Crystal Nails – Advanced Nail shapes (Sept 2013) 
Crystal Nails – Acrylic & Gel Competition Nails ( Sept 2013)
Emese Koppanyi Academy – Acrylic 2 day Competition Training (Nov 2013) 
Brillbird - 2 day training with Zsuanna Laktos (March 2014) 
NVQ LVL 3 Create a range of nail images (2015)
Paulina Feinauer acrylic skills training (July 2015)
Liliya Seredynskia - gel painting (Nov 2015)
Akzentz Educator training (Feb 2016)
 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

1st Place - Salon Geek Stiletto Competition (March 2008)
3rd Place - Strutt Your Stuff (U.S) Mixed Media (Oct 2008)
Ezflow Top Student 2008
Uk Nail Championships London (March 2009)
1st Place - Fancy French
2nd Place - Combined Nail Art
Uk Nail Championships London (March 2010)
3rd Place - Combined Nail Art
Uk Nail Championships - Manchester 2010
2nd Place - Combined Nail Art
2nd Place - Photographic Nail Art
3rd Place - Encapsulation
3rd Place - Showcase
Uk Nail Championships London (March 2011)
1st Place - Fantasy Nail Art
1st Place - Fancy French
1st Place - Encapsulation
1st Place - Showcase
2nd Place - Photographic Nail Art
3rd Place - Photographic Nail Art
Won Uk Nail Art Championships 2011
Scottish Nail Technician Of The Year (March 2011)
Competition Judge
Nailympics International Competition (Sept 2011)
2nd Place – Division 3 – Nail Embellishment
2nd Place – Division 3 – Soak Off Gel
Gold salon award Ambassador – March 2012
Nail Professional of the year 2012 Finalist
4* gold award for the salon March 2012
UK Competition Judge (March 2012)
Crystal Nails Educator (March 2012)
Competition Judge (April 2012)
Crystal Nails Master Educator (August 2012)
Nailympics International Competition (sept 2012)
1st Place – division 3 – UK TOP TECH
1st Place – division 3 – Team trophy
2nd Place – division 3 – Stiletto
3rd Place – division 3 – Nail embellishment
UK Competition Judge (Oct 2012)
Independent training academy with accredited courses (Dec 2012)
Nail Professional of the year 2013 Finalist
UK Competition Judge at Excel (Feb 2013)
Scottish nail Competition Judge (March 2013)
UK Competition Judge at Birmingham (May 2013)
Nail Systems International – independent consultant (May 2013)
Nailympics International Competition (Sept 2013)
1st Place – division 3 – UK TOP TECH 2013
UK Competition Judge at Manchester (Oct. 2013)
UK Competition Judge at Dublin (Oct. 2013)
Nail Professional of the Year Finalist 2014
Nail Professional of the year WINNER 2014
Scratch stars award finalist for mixed media and nail stylist (may 2014)
UK Competition Judge at Birmingham (May 2014)
Co author of the Nail Masters book (June 2014)
Nailympia International Competition (Sept 2014)
1st Place – division 3 - Stiletto design
1st Place – division 3 – Runway Nails
UK Competition Judge at Dublin (Oct. 2014)
UK Competition Judge at Manchester (Oct. 2014)
Launched own professional range of nail art brushes (Oct. 2014)
UK Competition Judge at Excel (feb 2015)
Scratch stars award finalist for mixed media and nail stylist (march 2015)
Scottish Nail Competition Judge (April 2015)
Akzentz UK Official Distributor (May 2015)
Scratch Stars Winner !!! The Tom Holcomb Shooting Star Award 2015 (June 2015)
Nailympia 2015: (Oct 2015)
1st place - division 3 - Runway nails
1st place - division 3 - Fantasy
1st place - division 3 - Reality nail art
1st place - division 3 - Uk highest scorer
1st place - division 3 - Winner of Winners art
2nd place - division 3 - Mixed media boxed art
Nail Professional of the year 2016 Finalist (Feb 2016)
Nail Professional of the year 2016 WINNER (Feb 2016)
Akzentz ACE Educator (Feb 2016)
Scratch Stars Awards Finalist (April 2016)
Scratch Stars Award WINNER for Mixed media artist of the year 2016 (June 2016)
Scratch Stars Award WINNER for Nail Stylist of the year 2016 (June 2016)
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