Man­i­curist to the stars: Ai Shigeyama

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Un­doubt­edly one of the most well-known names in the nail in­dus­try, Ai Shigeyama is not only re­spon­si­ble for spear­head­ing the highly-cov­eted nail looks for a bevy of K-Pop stars, in­clud­ing Girls' Gen­er­a­tion and Sistar, she also owns two sa­lons in Tokyo and Seoul, as well as her own prod­uct line. In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing be­spoke nail de­signs, Ai is also shar­ing her nail ex­per­tise in a se­ries of sem­i­nars and work­shops held across Asia. Q: What does nail fash­ion mean to you? Ai Shigeyama: Ba­si­cally, nail art is a priv­i­lege that women can en­joy. As do­ing nails is a pas­sion and hobby of mine, it ac­tu­ally helps me to re­lieve stress and is also a source of hap­pi­ness for me. In my per­sonal opin­ion, hav­ing pretty nails is a form of self-im­age man­age­ment.

Q: What was the big­gest risk you’ve ever taken in this in­dus­try? How did that bene­fi­fit your ca­reer? A. S: Start­ing out my own prod­uct line was def­i­nitely one of the big­gest chal­lenges that I have faced in this in­dus­try so far. I had to re­search and de­velop the for­mu­las, be­fore sub­mit­ting it to the rel­e­vant health author­i­ties in Korea for fur­ther test­ing. It was a long and te­dious process, but it was all worth it.

Q: As a highly sought- af­ter celebrity man­i­curist, how does a typ­i­cal­week look like for you? A. S: My sched­ule is rather man­age­able, but I spend most of my time re­search­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing with new nail art de­signs to come up with fresh trends.

Q: Has it al­ways been your dreamto be a man­i­curist? If not, when did you get your cre­ative call­ing and how­did you pur­sue it? A. S: Be­fore I be­came a man­i­curist, I had re­ally short, weak and brit­tle nails. Even with my hair done and be­ing dressed to the nines, it didn't feel com­plete with­out a beau­ti­ful set of nails. So, I went to a nail sa­lon to get my nails taken care of, but it was lack­ing the unique de­tails that I was look­ing for. With no ex­pe­ri­ence in do­ing nails, I de­cided to take up a course at a nail academy, thus start­ing my jour­ney in the nail in­dus­try.

Q: Hav­ing suc­cess­fully opened your own­nail spa, BUBWORLD, what is one piece of ad­vice that you can give to ex­ist­ing and as­pir­ing man­i­curists in the in­dus­try? A. S: Be­ing a man­i­curist, you have to con­stantly look for­ward, and keep your­self up­dated with the latest trends, as well as over­come your chal­lenges with con­sis­tent prac­tice. It is also es­sen­tial to be open to changes, in or­der to achieve suc­cess.

Q: What are the latest nail trends in Korea right now and what other trends do you fore­see be­com­ing pop­u­lar in the up­com­ingAu­tumn/ Win­ter sea­son? A. S: Just like fash­ion, nail art trends are con­stantly evolv­ing. In this cur­rent sum­mer sea­son, pas­tel tones, seashell, and denim pat­terns are very pop­u­lar among Korean women. Flo­ral pat­terns, how­ever, are in de­mand all year round, with­out fail. As for the up­com­ing Au­tumn/ Win­ter sea­son, more women will pre­fer and opt for warmer, earthy tones, such as brown, pur­ple, and or­ange.

Q: Be­ing able towork with so­many in­flfl uen­tial peo­ple, who is your great­est style icon and how has he/ she in­flfl uenced your­work? A. S: I don't have a par­tic­u­lar style icon. The dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and styles of my clients serve as a ver­sa­tile source of in­spi­ra­tion for my de­signs. Be­sides that, fash­ion run­ways are also a great way to col­lect in­spi­ra­tion for new cre­ations.

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