Nail artist Hazel is named UK’s best

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A SELF-employed nail technician from Thetford has been named UK Nail Artist of the Year 2011 after winning six awards at an international beauty show in London.

Hazel Dixon, from Purely Nailz, started off her business five years ago from her garage at home, before expanding into part of Discover Hair, in Thetford.

She competed against some of the best Europe has to offer at a competition last month, winning four of her categories, while she also gained a second and third placing to bring her awards tally up to six.

As well as nail artwork, the competition also saw Hazel create handmade costumes, to complement the designs, and step by step guides on her work.

The points from the London competition were added to points she gained at a similar competition in Manchester last year, to see Hazel named UK Nail artist of the year.

Hazel, who specialises in manicures, pedicures, Gelish and nail extensions, now plans to start teaching her talent.