Hess of Valentine's recognized for nail designs

Jamie Hess of Valentine's Salon and Day Spa added artwork to a wall at the business. The nail technician won an award for a design in a contest sponsored by a leading industry magazine.

Jamie Hess of Valentine's Salon and Day Spa has been recognized four times by a leading industry magazine. Make that five come October.

The nail technician began submitting entries to contests, and has won awards for her designs and attention to detail. The first time her work was published in Nails Magazine was in August 2010, followed by a bridal edition in June, then again in July and August. Among her creations for nails are tiny rosettes with glitter, and metallic dots on the tips. For the pending publication, Hess has an article instructing other technicians on how to put her design on their customers' finger- or toenails. In the future she plans to enter her portrait painted on the little bitty work surface.

The print magazine has a circulation of over 57,000, and boasts 180,000 monthly online visitors. It caters to professionals around the world.

Hess, 30, learned her craft at Chambersburg Beauty School, and has been with Valentine's since it opened nearly four years ago. She decided to put her skills to the test against others in the field.

"The contests looked like fun and I thought I'd try it," she said. "My favorite part of nails is doing the designs."

The clientele at the business, located at 3022 Buchanan Trail W., range in age from young to senior citizen. Hess said some wear fancy nails all the time, and others come in for special occasions or holidays. She is getting certified as a massage therapist as well.