Hey I'm Nettie, I've been doing nails and mixing nail polish since I was 12. Raised in Houston, TX by the best mom in the world. I went to art school for fashion in Long Beach, CA but returned home at the behest of mom to attend Texas Southern University.
College wasn't my cup of tea so I decided to drop out and go to beauty school. I was flying by the seat of my pants. "No one will hire you silly, you're BLACK" explained a cousin of mine. One day a cool lady from California strolled into my school and asked for all the American students and I was the only one. She was opening a new chic salon in Houston called The Upper Hand. Boom!!!! I had a job.... in yo face cousin!
After working there for about 6 years, I felt a pull towards California. "Here we go again" said mom. No time wasted, I learned so much there, like how to avoid leaving streaks in OPI's Bubble Bath... Lol!
So, the journey began and of course I was terrified. I had no job but a ton of FAITH. I surfed Craigslist everyday until I found a movie set to work on. Oh yeah, I didn't move to LA to do nails, fashion was calling me back. I landed a position as a Costume Production Assistant and it was super hard and fast paced.
My hard work and dedication paid off. I made it into the union (705) after six months, it oftentimes takes others 3+ years to even be considered. After 3 years of production work, one night while working in the rain, I slipped and fell down a hill. Twisted my ankle in the worst way...ugh!
During my move, mom advised me to get my nail license in Cali just in case. I started picking up nail gigs while I healed up. In the process, I met this really cool chick, Kimmie Kyees, and others at a spa party. They told me about their salaries from doing set work. I was floored, I never knew there was such a job, so I gave it a try.
Well, fast forward 11 years and I realized, as a manicurist I had this problem. I couldn't mix nail polish or gel quickly while on set. Some would complain about the smell, so I had to develop a quick process. One night, I got home and was determined to fix this problem. I also needed a great builder gel in a bottle cause my current brands weren't working. I found a great gel in a pot, but it leaked in my kit. I spent 30 minutes trying to transfer builder gel to a bottle with a syringe and that was the last straw.
It was time to take my idea from concept to completion. I decided to go to Lowe's to piece together my idea since I've always been a crafty girl. After gathering some supplies from Lowe's I went to JoAnn Fabrics for clay and cutting tools. Broke a polish bottle attach a top and voila!