For nineteen years Allie Baker, EzFlow® Global Brand Ambassador and winner of the 2015 NAILPRO Cup, has been a constant in the competitive nail industry. In addition to being a dedicated mother, salon owner and cover artist, she’s a nail industry veteran, and highly respected mentor and educator. Baker hails from Medford, Oregon and has traveled to over 25 countries educating and mentoring others with EzFlow® for the past 15 years. In addition to teaching worldwide, Baker also consults on new product development as part of her role as EzFlow® Global Brand Ambassador. Her passion is evident and her artistry is breathtaking with her designs gracing the covers of top industry publications including NAILPRO and NAILS. Nail artistry now runs in the family; her oldest son has had his own EzFlow® kit for the past 10 years and has started competing with Team EzFlow® which took first place in the 2015 NAILPRO Cup Team Competition.
Jarrett Baker has been around the world of nails his entire life. He spent hours in his mother’s salon, getting into all her products and experimenting after school. Fast forward 10 years and Baker has now completed school to become a licensed nail technician in his home state of Oregon, is an award winning nail artist, and an EzFlow educator. As a student Baker entered into the competition arena and placed in the top 10 in four out of the five events he entered, as well as took home a 3rd place trophy in the novice division. Baker was also a contributor to the team score and helped EzFlow win the 2015 NAILPRO Cup team trophy. This past year Baker has been competing again with EzFlow on the way to a second team trophy and has been in the top 10 multiple times. Most recently at Premier Orlando Baker received a 1st place trophy for French Twist in the Novice division, bumping him up to the Veteran division moving forward. Looking forward Baker plans to continue his training as much as possible while continuing to compete as well.
Nikki Payton is a top nail competitor and an accomplished nail tech at Nail It Pro Nail Studio in her hometown, Medford, Oregon. She attributes her success to her passion for the industry and her mentor of 10 years, EzFlow Global Brand Ambassador, Allie Baker. From the first time she applied a set of drugstore, press-on tips at age 10, Payton knew that nails were her calling. After receiving her license in 2006, she sharpened her skills at the Nail It Pro Nail studio owned by Baker, absorbing knowledge and techniques from Baker and the community of nails techs at the studio. She began competing as a novice in 2012 and quickly rose through the ranks of the national nail competitions, competing for the first time as a veteran in 2015. Her contribution to the 2015 EzFlow competition team helped them secure their first win. Although the days and hours spent preparing for competitions are exhausting, Payton says she loves competing for EzFlow because it challenges her to “think creatively and execute precisely.” Her infectious drive to excel and dedication to the craft has been an inspiration to other aspiring nail techs.
A licensed cosmetologist for over 30 years, Brenda Skermont is well rounded in all salon and spa services. In addition to being a cosmetology, esthetic and nail instructor, Skermont is an accomplished nail artist and competitor on Team EzFlow. She has competed in multiple events with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place wins, and has been ranked as a top 25 competitor by NAILS magazine. An International Master Artist for EzFlow Skermont has worked in manufacturers’ education for the past 20 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge, particularly helping newer professionals explore all the options open to them in the beauty industry. In addition to working and competing with EzFlow, Skermont also serves as the Spa Director at AbFab Salon and Spa in Rockford, Illinois.