Leighton Denny is the story that no one would ever expect a nail technician to have. With his previous occupation of the occupation he had before becoming what he is today. Leighton Denny has his own line of nail polishes and tanning range with a list of celebrity fans as long as his arms. Celebs such as Geri Halliwell, Dita Von Teese and even Kate Moss line up to have their nails done by him. His work has even been features in magazines such as Marie Claire and Vogue. This is the unlikely story of a beauty icon.
His past occupation was a forklift truck driver. On a job in the USA he discovered the world of beauty and nails. Then on returning to Bradford he give up his forklift truck driver job and trained as a nail technician. He then practised his craft by doing the nails of guests on cruise liners before opening his first salon in Bradford Yorkshire. His salons are now in Urban Retreat Harrods and he has given expertise and guidance to the Urban Retreat Hand Nail Line. It was Leighton the recommended that the range should focus on three main hand and nail treatments and combined with key nail polish colours. It is now a range of seven versatile hand and nail products that will suit any mood and any woman. Even becoming on of the British Beauty Experts with access to the Urban Retreat Hand and Nail Line. Leighton then moved on to open his own bespoke salon in London. In 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 the Health and Beauty Awards awarded Leighton ‘Nail Technician of the Year’. In 2004 he was made a judge and entered the Beauty Hall of Fame.
His story is both interesting and inspiring. A man who became a nail icon from being a forklift truck diver. With stores all over the UK and his name widely known in the nail world his story has inspired many nail technicians including me. I can't wait to see what other products he will release and how the brand will grow even further. Be sure to check out the ranges you will be blown away. Remember to sparkle to the tip!