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Friend Feature - Angel Nailed It

One of my goals with this blog is to also feature and interview friends that inspire me in hopes that they'll inspire you too. angelson

My first Friend Feature is Angel Nailed it. Angel and I met when we attended UC Irvine together and we actually were roommates for a little bit too. She's always been one of my Korean sistas and we had gotten closer while working together as UCI orientation staffers. A sweetheart, but also freakishly talented with nail art. This was a talent of hers that definitely bloomed after college. Many of us believe that if we don't know what we're supposed to be doing at this moment in time, that means we're lost and it's too late to try anything we might actually enjoy and love. Angel is someone who clearly lives out that skills can be found and nurtured whenever as long as it's honest and expressive through the heart.

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1) Who are you & where are you from?

Hello! I’m Angel from the beauuuutiful city of Angels hehe

2) What is your job & what is your occupation?

I’m in Production Planning at American Apparel

3) When did you start experimenting with nail art?

I started experimenting with nail art around 3 ½ years ago, when my friend showed me a picture of someone else’s nail art and told me that I could probably do a better job. I said to her, “Challenge – accepted!”

4) You're going on a deserted island. What are the three nail colors you must take?

Anything glittery! If I’m going to be stuck on an island, I may as well have something pretty and sparkly to look at hahah!

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5) What was your most difficult nail art?

I wouldn’t say anything has really been that difficult, but more like, time consuming and tested my patience. Any of my nail art with super detailed and specific images, like the Super Bowl or houndstooth patterns, have been a tiny bit challenging since they’re so recognizable. I’d say that the one that tested my patience the most was a stars and stripes manicure I did for the 4th of July in 2013, surprising, I know. Those stars……I almost gave up halfway through!

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6) How often do you change your nail art?

At least once a week. Once my nail polish starts chipping, which is after about 4-5 days, I start to pick off the rest (it’s so bad, I know). Either that, or I get bored/tired of my current mani or get excited about a new idea, so I change it up!

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7) Have you done nail art for other people?

Yep! Just a few times though, and never for money. I’ve painted nails for my mom, aunts, cousins, friends, and coworkers.

8) What are your goals with nail art?

Nail art has become the creative outlet I had desperately needed. So rather than having goals of fame and fortune, my goal is to continue to challenge myself to come up with more ideas, to become more creative, to learn more tricks and new methods, and just to grow. And if I can share my growth along the way and people enjoy it and are inspired by me, then that’s even better! I want to keep impressing myself with what I am capable of creating!

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9) Any tips for people who may want to start doing nail art of their own?

Just do it! Start with simple things – you’ll learn that it’s a whole lot easier than you think!

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10) Must have items for nail art?

A small brush and scotch tape! And oooooodles of patience.

11) Which brushes do you recommend?

You can find tons of different nail art brushes on Amazon.com, like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Jovana-Brushes--Professional-Sable-Detailer/dp/B00IGZO4BW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401248098&sr=8-1&keywords=Nail+Art+Brushes-+Professional+Nail+Art+Brushes-+Sable+Nail+Art+Brush+Pen%2C+Detailer%2C+Liner+Set+of+3

12) What nail polish brand do you feel like is best to work with?

I really like using American Apparel nail polish. They're highly pigmented and easy to work with. I have over 40 different colors of just American Apparel nail polishes! 

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13) What inspires you?

I'm mostly inspired by other nail artists. I like to see what other people come up with, and play off of their ideas to create my own. I also always keep an eye out for interesting patterns and prints that could be possible nail art inspiration. 

14) Where can people find more of your work?

Mainly on Instagram! @angelnailedit is my Instagram dedicated to my nail art – I post the most things there. I also have a blog (angelnailedit.blogspot.com), but I’ve been horrible at updating it and it just…doesn’t look good at all hahah. So find me on Instagram!

Nobody knows the colors I've seen.

jencolors2012-2014 I'm one to tell you that I express myself through hair.

The fascination of changing my naturally dark brown hair rooted (no pun intended) from my curious amount of grey hairs I developed since high school. I was self conscious of it, but I also had fun with it. To this day I don't know how to use a curling iron. If I ever want to curl my hair, I use a flat iron. My hair is super straight though so keeping it curly is always a task.

Let me give you a break down of the journey my mane has gone through.

Late 2011/Early 2012 - Red, Red, Wine.

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I tell everyone that this was my "bad girl" phase.

I was pretty depressed while living in Korea Town in Los Angeles for a countless amount of reasons & wanted to spice up my life and did so with the help of my talented friend Marshall Bang, I kept my hair this color for a minimum of 6 months. My hair stayed fairly healthy but I sacrificed days of not washing my hurrrr. #noshame I used baby powder every other day and took lots of showers with a shower cap. I definitely felt more bold about a lot of things but wanted to have the freedom of wearing green again without looking like Christmas.

Just kidding. I just got over it and the upkeep was getting $$$.

You can see my hair in "One Day" music video as well.

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Mid 2012 - Ombre on ya

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Marshall changed me up once again.. isn't he brilliant? But by this time my hair was fried.

With all the re-coloring my hair had gone through with my red it was starting to give up.

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You can see what my hair looked like NOT curled in my "Common, Simple, Beautiful" music video. And as I said earlier, I suck at curling hair and plus my hair felt like it was dyinggggggg everytime I even tried to put any heat to it so I decided I had to just.. get rid of it all.

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Late 2012 - Short & starting over

IMG_7590Yep so I just cut it all off!

I had gone short before in college with an A-line cut but knew that if I never cut it this short that I would always wonder. My friend Yoshi who was working at Etude Salon in K-Town at the time and he was someone I knew I could trust with the cut.

Tip: There's nothing wrong with having separate stylists for coloring & cutting.

I felt exhilarated & free. I felt like I could start over but it would take a lot of time and patience to embark on this new chapter in my life in more ways than one. I was on my way to leaving for Korea for a singing competition show, but greater than that I was about to learn so much more about myself and reunite with my dad I hadn't seen in 10 years.

I added a bit of color to it.. I just couldn't help myself.

Early 2013

This was at the Atlanta Aquarium when I was on a date with Joules during my first visit.

My hair was growing and back to its healthy state. I was also in a healthier place with my soul.

In Korea I learned to forgive my father and was literally in my own world. My dad didn't live in Seoul, so a lot of the time I commuted 2 hours one way just to get to the city and see friends or work (tutoring & radio job) It also helped that I didn't really feel like I had to impress anyone. I remember declaring out loud that my husband wasn't in Korea and I was completely right. It was all about me finding solace & growth!

Mid 2013 - Married-do

Little did I know, I'd soon meet my husband through Instagram in January - him being in Atlanta, me being in Seoul. In February I met him for the first time in Atlanta and got engaged. In April we said our "I Do's"

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Believe it or not that's my hair still less than shoulder length but my friend Krystal did such a beautiful job making my hair look full in an up do.

 Late 2013 - Bang Bang!

 

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I always wanted to give this a shot too and my hair was looking plain jane. It really isn't my favorite because I have the roundest face in the world but it gave me some pizzazz.

Current: Early 2014

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I got me a steam perm to add some volume to my hair as it's still growing to the length I know it's destined to be. If you're in Atlanta, I totally recommend Jinju from Pika Pika Hair Salon in Duluth, GA.

This week I have an appointment  to get my hair colored because I haven't since I got married.

I was referred to Julie from Pika Pika Hair Salon so I'll write an update on how that goes! My grays be taking over, yo.

I hope this post inspires you to try out new things that you've always wanted to. Things like hair grows back don't be so scared of what others might think and try it for yourself. You might also want to consider thinking about why you want to make some drastic changes in your life. Changing the color of your hair isn't going to be the end of you, but it can be huge when you have a revelation that something deeper is going on in your heart that you seem to want to express outwardly. To this day, whenever I see someone with red hair, a part of me always shoots back to when I had the same colored do and what I was going through. I wonder if they're going through anything similar. *shrug Who knows? I just know I'm in a better place and I have no regrets because even through these pictures I can tell I am constantly evolving.

What colors have you tried? What color do you think I should try next? Comment below!

Thanks for reading ;) Songfully yours,