Biography

Nickie has had a passion for nails since a very young a child. Making paper nails and sticking them on with blue tack at the age of 7/8 according to her mother.  Her mother was  her influence - having been a trained Revlon manicurist at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch in the 1950's in between theatre shows.

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, Ama Quashie and Lyndsay Mcintosh 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 independently, 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 has led teams of manicurists at Ralph & Russo Couture, Nicholas Oakwell Couture, Ted Baker, Todd Lynn at London Fashion Week, Paris Haute Couture, L'Oreal Colour Trophy and LCM and loves working as part of a team on runway shows.  She has led shows for Ralph & Russo, Ted Baker, Todd Lynn, and her own team, Team Nickie Rhodes-Hill for Nicholas Oakwell Couture, Osman Studio, Phoebe English and Ralph & Russo.