It's More Than Just Manicures: Nail Art Interview with Hasani

Monday, 05 December 2011 21:53 Written by  Isis Nicole

Nail art has gone far beyond salons and straight into fashion shoots, music videos, parties, retail shops and galleries.


Let’s face it, manicures aren’t just about a simple polish these days. It’s the “nail art” that accessorizes fingertips into phenomenal fashion statements.

I got a chance to catch up with celebrity manicurist Hasani or “Sani Macc” to discuss her success in the nail business, as well as her inspirations and challenges today. Based in Los Angeles, Hasani has worked with Dawn Richard of P. Diddy’s “Dirty Money,” Tae Heckard of “The Game”, Draya of “Basketball Wives of LA”, and a list of other entertainers. Her designs are high-key, super glossy and often full of embellishment. When I see Hasani nails I think lavish femininity; in other words, BLING BLING!!

The Facts:

Name: Hasani

Hometown: Los Angeles


Most Known For: Nail Art

Unknown For: I love to do itineraries when I travel.


The Interview:

GlossMagazineOnline (GMO): Who gets the best gossip, the hairstylist or the nail artist?

Hasani: Hairstylist

GMO: When did you start designing nails and why?

Hasani: One of my good friends sent me a tutorial on cheetah nails. I watched it and said to myself "I can do that."  I've been designing ever since.

GMO: What’s a day in the life of a celebrity nail artist and how has your creativity matured from this experience?

Hasani: ON THE GO! Being a celebrity nail artist, you have to stay ready because you never know when you're going to get a call to work. Creatively, being a celebrity nail artist pushes you to always be at your best. You have to know how to do all the latest trends.

GMO: Who have you designed for?

Hasani: Dawn Richard of [music group] Dirty Money, Tae Heckard of ”The Game,” Eve, Raina of ”Next Top Model Cycle 14,” Draya of ”Basketball Wives of LA,” and a host of models.

GMO: What’s your favorite piece of nail art you’ve coined or created?

Hasani: My Swarovski Crystal Bow. Everyone that comes to me wants that blinged-out bow!

GMO: Any nail trends you’d like to see die?

Hasani: French Tip

GMO: How do you set yourself apart from other nail artists out there?

Hasani: I don't try to set myself apart from other nail artists. I believe that's there more than enough out there for any and everyone to have a great career. I love what I do, and I think that loves comes across in the quality of my work.

GMO: What’s your biggest challenge so far?

Hasani: Being shy. I'm not the most outspoken person at first, so I gotta get out of that!

GMO: What’s your most prized accomplishment(s)?

Hasani: Getting my manicurist license is one of my prized accomplishments. I stuck it to the man, quit my job, went to school, let go and let God, and what a great journey I am on!

GMO: Do you have pop up nail art events around LA or outside of it?

Hasani: Not as of yet, but I would so love to be apart of one!

GMO: Since you’re an established nail artist do you feel like you pretty much know the ropes, or are you at times outside of your comfort zone?

Hasani: ”Know the ropes” (laughs). For me, everyday is a learning experience!

GMO: Are there any upcoming projects you’d like to share?!

Hasani: I wanna start doing tutorials and a day in the life. So look out for a Youtube channel from me soon.

GMO: You’re freaking Money Makin Sani Macc! What’s your secret to success?

Hasani: Faith. I have faith in my talent and my career. I only allow myself to think positively.

GMO: Who, besides a family member, do you find inspirational and why?

Hasani: My mentor Naja. She has taken me in and taught me so much. She has had a lot of success and encourages me to do my best. I'm also inspired by Sophy Robson and Kimmie Keys.

GMO: If you could design nails for anyone, who would it be and why?

Hasani: Beyonce! She's fly and a trendsetter, and I would love to create fly nails for her!

GMO: What’s the craziest nail request you’ve had from someone?

Hasani: I once had someone ask for paper! They wanted all kinds of paper hanging off the nail. It was crazy but, nothing is too bizarre for me.

GMO: Any advice to aspiring artists?

Hasani: My advice would be to follow your dream! I know it seems a bit cliché but when you do what you love you'll be so happy! Oh, and whenever you have the opportunity to learn and grow...take advantage of it!

Find Hasani:

Twitter: @SaniMacc

Located: 8000 Sunset Blvd. Suite 36

Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Isis Nicole

Isis Nicole

Isis Nicole is a Cincinnati native majoring in Journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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