This month, were shining the spotlight on an incredibly talented Mellissa - from @_mossmanis_melly

Mellissa is a HONA Nail Tech and is always  serving up the most adorable designs! Here are a few of our absolute favourites. 

1. Tortie Chrome Heaven 

Tortie Chrome

This look gives a fresh take on two classic looks! We are absolutely in love with the mesmerising combination of tortoiseshell and chrome done by Mellissa, inspired by @swaknails. The fresh bright pink gives the touches of tortie a lighter feel, perfect for the start of spring!

Try this set for yourself using: 

2. Faerie Nails 

Faerie Nails

Just look at that delicate line work! These nails are truly enchanting, seamlessly fusing the ethereal allure of faerie aesthetics with timeless elegance. They are destined to captivate hearts and evoke a sense of whimsical wonder wherever they flutter. To create your own fluttery design you'll need: 


3. Funky Nails 

Funky Nails

These funky nails in pink, orange, and blue hues are sure to add a vibrant pop of colour to your style, perfect for those who love to stand out from the crowd with a playful and energetic vibe.

To create your own funky nails you'll need: 

4. Coloured French 

Blue coloured french

Mellissa showcases her creativity and expertise by seamlessly blending the traditional French manicure with a bold and playful twist. With meticulous precision, she applies vibrant blue polish to the tips. 

To create your own colourful french you'll need: 

5. Blue Tortie 

Blue Tortie Nail Design

Mellissa's latest creation is a funky twist on the timeless tortoiseshell design, infused with a pop of playful blue! These nails exude personality and charm, showcasing Mellissa's unique style and creativity. It's a fun and eye-catching look that's bound to make a statement wherever you flaunt it!

Complete Base

Stormy Gel Polish

Black Detail Paint

Large Flat Gel Brush

Liner Brush

Metal Dotting Tool


What is the one HONA colour you have and wish clients would have more?

Wild Child because I think it's such a stunning green! Hopefully now it's coming up to spring clients might be more tempted.

And being cheeky but I have to choose a Detail paint too, I think the Celestial collection is so underrated, more people need to have Earth because I'm obsessed! 

What advice would you give to someone self-employed who has had some time off work and is struggling to build new clients?

To just stop and breath, you've got this. Make a plan, get on canva and create some new advertisement that you can share on your socials. Post on local groups on Facebook! The main thing I've found that's helped is making sure I get my hashtags right. The new clients I've had since recovering from surgery have all found me by searching hashtags! I always put #croydonnailtech. The most important thing is to not compare yourself to others. We are all on our own journeys and no two will look the same. Reach out to other nail techs too they're the best support I've had. 

Why did you choose HONA?

I first started using Hona's Detail paints when the celestial collection came out! Earth and Uranus just caught my eye and they're still my faves now. What made me convert completely to Hona was the fact you were Hypoallergenic. From someone who suffered massively with an allergic reaction when using another brand this just completely changed my life and I knew it was the right path to take not just for myself but to keep my clients safe. I could use builder gel again and not end up with sore, itchy, cracked fingers! I love how much Hona cares about their community and it really does feel like I have a new family. You've all supported me through the hardest time in my life and I could never be more grateful. I love you all!

Name 5 things you can’t live without (non-nail tech edition)

  • Coffee - I breath coffee! 
  • Music - not a day goes by when I don't listen to music. It's my therapy and changes completely every day. 
  • Books - I love a real book and the smell but my kindle has taken over as I just read so much! 
  • Pasta - I'm a carb girlie! 



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