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Rising Stars: Meet Katherine Zag

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine Zag.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m a Russian immigrant who came to America with a big dream in 2015 at age of 20. Started my journey in Brooklyn New York and recently moved to Denver. When I was finishing high school, my mom recommended I go take nail classes back in Russia. And at first, I hated it. Who knew that 10 years later I will be in love with my job every day?
I get to meet beautiful, strong women and make their day even prettier.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s not that easy for any immigrant, who does not have a language. it hasn’t been a smooth road, especially with licensing department of state it takes forever and it feels like they do everything in their power to stall the process of getting a license. but if there is a will, there is a way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a nail artist. And when you hear somebody says oh I do nails you imagine this quick mani-pedi in one hour. But no, a nail artist is a completely different thing. I focus on providing the best manicure experience that my clients could have ever endured. From cleaning the cuticle to shaping and rebuilding the nail bed to coloring and drawing design.

It is a different type of satisfaction when you clean the cuticles to perfection, and then you’re able to polish under the cuticle to have the best long-wear manicure. And of course, like any artist, I love the challenge when a client brings in a picture/idea of the nails that they want so after I speak with them and get a sense of their personality, I can do even better than the original picture. I like to call my little superpower.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
To be honest, Covid did not change my sanitation routine and sterilization protocols. I have always followed the highest CDC standards.

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