Nickie Rhodes-Hill is a multi-award winning session manicurist – Scratch Stars Awards – Session Nail Stylist of the Year 2018 & 2019 & a professional manicurist and nail expert for the past 20 years.
Nickie has had a passion for nails since she was a very young child; making paper nails and sticking them on with blue tack at the age of 7/8 according to her mother (perhaps the start of press on nails?).
Her mother was her major influence – having been trained by Revlon as a manicurist at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch in the late 1950’s.
For many years, Nickie dabbled and practiced painting nails as a hobby .. working in corporate and event hospitality and as a freelance legal secretary for barristers and solicitors before changing her career path in 2003 after studying an NVQ3 in nails, followed by beauty and hairdressing.
She opened her own salon in 2004 but, in 2012 decided to go mobile, as she became more and more drawn towards doing session work.
Nickie honed her session work skills by assisting Liza Smith, Lorraine Griffin, Anatole Rainey, Jenni Draper, Jenny Longworth and Ama Quashie for a number of years
Her first break came when she was offered a covershoot and editorial for Vogue Germany for the November 2014 edition. She now works through agency David Artists, having done numerous magazine editorials and covers since. Advertising campaigns, videos and moving image have become a strong feature in her session work repertoire.
She has an eye for detail and precision, thinks outside of the box and can often be seen doodling potential nail designs … drawing her inspiration from sometimes the most unusual of sources.
Nickie has done numerous seasons at London Fashion Week, Paris Haute Couture, London Collections Men’s and L’Oreal Colour Trophy. She has her own team, Team Nickie Rhodes-Hill and been lead manicurist at shows for Ted Baker, Todd Lynn, Osman Studio, Phoebe English and Ralph & Russo.