I wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday evening so a nice cuppa tea, a mini cupcake or 2 (ok, 3) and a cosy chat at the latest Barry’s ‘Tea With…’ event were just what the doctor ordered. And I was really glad I went, because I came away all energised and inspired from hearing WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid, chatting away to beaut.ie’s Lynda and Kirstie.
Launched this week in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum, WAH also has salons in Dalston (East London), Topshop in Oxford Street, and the basement of Lily Allen’s new clothes shop, Lucy in Disguise.
Aside from her hair, which was awesome, I really admired Sharmadean’s DIY, go-getting attitude, her confidence and self-belief, and her desire to give back to the neighbourhoods from which she’s gleaned so much creative inspiration. Her advice to new start-ups made sense, too: keep one eye on your competitors but stay focused on your own business, and remain confident that you’re the best at what you do.
An example of some badass WAH Nails!
With plans for a training academy, a business magazine and a Japanese-style nail book -- not to mention a baby on the way -- something tells me we’re going to hear more and more about Ms Reid in the future.
Barry's 'Tea With...' is an ongoing talk series that brings some of the world's leading cultural innovators to Ireland for a chat over a cuppa. I’ll be keeping an eye on www.facebook.com/barrystea for details of the next one.
Oh, and the next big trend in nails? 3D and glitter acrylic fades, apparently -- will you be getting in on the act?