The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Celebrated Success in Gatlinburg, TN – Industry News


The 16th Smokies Nail Show was held July 7-10, catering to nail techs, recently concluded in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN, home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event brought together industry experts, trendsetters, and leading brands celebrating all things nails.

The Smokies Nail Show, held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, was a platform for networking, learning, and showcasing the latest in nail care, design, and products. Nail technicians, salon/spa owners, and beauty school students from across the country (one coming all the way from India as her nail tech sister did in 2011) gathered to be part of the show, with many bringing their families to create Smoky Mountain memories on their tax write-off vacation.

Event Highlights

  • Exhibitors: The three show floors showcased exhibitors with cutting-edge products, tools, and technologies. Attendees had the opportunity to explore and interact with the brands, gaining invaluable insights to elevate their nail services. Several exhibiting nail companies sold out of most products midway through the day and were happily taking sales orders for shipment.
  • Workshops and Seminars: Industry professionals led three extra days (Fri/Sat/Mon) of about 30 optional paid interactive workshops and seminars with several selling out in advance. Educators shared their expertise and techniques to inspire nail techs as well as enhance the skills of participants. From nail art masterclasses to business development strategies to advanced foot care, attendees left with a wealth of knowledge to boost their careers.
  • Networking: The new “Swag Swap Center” provided a conducive environment for networking and relaxation, while fostering connections among nail techs. Attendees had the chance to exchange nail swag, discuss problem solving techniques, and forge meaningful relationships, plus explore potential collaborations that could shape their professional journey.

“We are thrilled to witness the overwhelming response and enthusiasm from the nail tech community. The passion and dedication displayed by everyone involved highlight the significance of such professional nails-only events in fostering growth and excellence within our licensed nail industry.”

— Jill Wright, Event Coordinator, Smokies Nail Show

The Smokies Nail Show’s sponsors were Light Elegance, Gehwol, 2 Blondes Apparel, and Lucas Products.

As the curtain falls on this year’s event, anticipation builds for the next installment of the Smokies Nail Show (July 12th – 15th, 2024).

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